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Renewal Requirements for Health Cards, Driver’s Licences, and Licence Plates Reinstated in Ontario

Renewal Requirements for Health Cards, Driver’s Licences, and Licence Plates Reinstated in Ontario

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Posted September 7, 2021

* UPDATE * On February 9, 2022, the Ontario government announced that it is extending the requirement to renew health cards until September 30, 2022. Ontarians may continue to use their expired health cards to access health care services, and health care providers may continue to accept expired health cards, until the new deadline.

On September 1, 2021, the Ontario government reinstated the renewal requirements for health cards, driver’s licences, licence plate stickers, and Ontario photo cards which would have expired on or after March 1, 2020, but the expiry dates of which were extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is the New Renewal Deadline?

Most Ontarians will have until February 28, 2022, to renew such health cards, driver’s licences, licence plate stickers, and Ontario photo cards. However, heavy commercial vehicle owners must renew their vehicle validations by December 31, 2021. In addition, novice licence holders (holding class G1, G2, M1, or M2 driver’s licences) will have until December 31, 2022, to requalify for or upgrade their driver’s licences.

For more information on renewal deadlines, please click here.

What Happens if I Fail to Renew by the Deadline?

In addition to having invalid provincial documents, those individuals who fail to renew their health cards, driver’s licences, licence plate stickers, or Ontario photo cards by the applicable deadline will be required not only to pay the current year’s renewal fee, but also to pay the applicable fee for previous year or years.

Where Can I Renew My Ontario Document?

The government is encouraging Ontarians to complete the renewals online through the ServiceOntario’s website. To that end, the government temporarily waived the requirements for certain individuals, such as senior drivers, to renew their driver’s licences in person.

To renew your driver’s licence online and have the products mailed directly to you, please click here.  Click here to renew your driver’s licence and health card together online. To renew your licence plate stickers online and have the products mailed directly to you, please visit ServiceOntario.ca/PlateSticker. You may also complete the renewal by visiting a ServiceOntario centre. You can book an appointment here.

This blog post was written by Marina Abrosimov, a member of the Business Law team.  Marina can be reached at 613-369-0363 or at marina.abrosimov@mannlawyers.com.

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Marina Abrosimov

Marina Abrosimov

As a corporate and commercial lawyer, I provide clients with a wide range of services, including assisting in acquisition and sale of businesses, commercial leasing, business formation and governance, as well as drafting and reviewing a variety of commercial contracts. In addition, I advise both franchisees and franchisors on franchise agreements and disclosure requirements. I graduated from the University of Toronto in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science (with high distinction), completing a research specialist program in psychology. I obtained my Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toronto in 2009 and was called to the Bar the following year. Prior to joining Mann Lawyers in 2019, I practiced as a corporate and commercial lawyer in a mid-size Ottawa law firm. I am a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, and the County of Carleton Law Association. Born in Russia and raised in Israel and Canada,... Read More

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