How to apply for drivers licence

ACCEPTABLE IDENTITY DOCUMENTS

 

To apply for an Ontario Driver’s Licence you will be required to show proof of your legal name, date of birth (must state the day, month and year of birth) and signature. Documents must be original and valid. Copies, including certified copies, are not acceptable unless noted in the lists below.

In an effort to prevent identity theft and fraud, the list of acceptable identification documents to obtain an Ontario Driver’s Licence changed on January 23, 2006. The list of acceptable identification documents are as follows:

Please note: The symbol indicates a particular data element is satisfied

Item
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LIST 1 – Only one (1) document is required to satisfy all three (3) data elements DATA ELEMENTS
Acceptable Identity Documents Legal Name Date of Birth Signature
1 Passport – Canadian1
2 Passport – Foreign1
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  • Canadian Citizenship Card with photo (issued prior to February 1, 2012), or
  • Citizenship Certificate/Certificate of Canadian Citizenship – small wallet sized card issued from 1954 to January 2012.

Note: Canadian Citizenship2 document issued beginning February 1, 2012 is not valid as proof of any of the three data elements.

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4 Canadian Permanent Resident Card with signature
5 Record of Landing1 (Form IMM 1000). If information on the IMM 1000 is amended and an IMM 1436 is issued, IMM 1436 must be accompanied by IMM 1000 to be acceptable
6 Confirmation of Permanent Resident Form (IMM 5292) accompanied by a valid passport from country of origin
7 Report Pursuant to the Immigration and Refugees Protection Act (IMM 1442)with photo
8 Student Authorization/Study Permit (IMM 1442) (√)
9 Employment Authorization/Work Permit (IMM 1442) (√)
10 Visitor Record (IMM 1442) (√)
11 Temporary Resident’s Permit (IMM 1442) (formerly Minister’s Permit/ Extension of Minister’s Permit) (√)
12 Secure Certificate of Indian Status Card (issued on or after December 15, 2009 by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
13 Ontario Photo Card
14 Canadian Department of National Defence Driver’s Licence (DND 404)
References:

  1. Applicants identified as a child on their parent’s Passport, Record of Landing/Refugee Status Claimmust provide an additional document that provides proof of the applicant’s signature.
  2. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) regards the name on the non-picture side of the Canadian Citizenship cards, issued until February 2012, as the legal name since this name is taken from a birth certificate or an immigration document; therefore, the name on the non-picture side of these cards is to be used in creating the applicant’s driver record.

Notes:

  • Legal name is defined as the one registered at birth or the one changed legally through adoption, court order/Change of Name Certificate or marriage.
  • (√) Satisfies the signature data element only if Form 1442 has a pre-printed area for the holder’s signature, otherwise, the applicant must provide another piece of acceptable identification from list 2 to prove proof of signature
  • If there is a variation in the names on the legal identification you present and the name that appears on your licence, you will be required to provide additional supporting documents to link the names together.

 

If you do not have the required ID documents from List 1, the following documents from List 2 are also acceptable.

Item
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LIST 2 – Two (2 ) documents are required to satisfy all three (3) data elements DATA ELEMENTS
Acceptable Identity Documents Legal Name Date of Birth Signature
1 Canadian or US Birth Certificate1-2 or a proof of birth document issued by a US jurisdiction
2 Canadian Permanent Resident Card without signature
3 Certified Copy of Marriage Certificate (issued in Ontario only)
4 Certified Copy of Statement of Live Birth (issued in Ontario only)
5 Certificate of Indian Status – (laminated card issued by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
6 US Passport Card ​√ ​√
7 Nexus Card and FAST/EXPRESS Card
8 Canadian or US issued Driver’s Licence or Enhanced Driver’s Licence. Driver’s Licence (enhanced or non-enhanced) from reciprocating jurisdictions
9 Identity Card – issued by a Canadian or U.S. jurisdiction (enhanced or non-enhanced)
10 Ontario Health Card3 (Ontario Health Card must be voluntarily presented.)
11 Ontario Student Card with signature4.
12 Declaration from a Guarantor, Form SR-LD-405
13 Department of National Defence (DND) identity card
References:

  1. Quebec birth certificates issued before January 1, 1994 are not acceptable. Proof of birth documents issued by the US territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, US Samoa and the US Virgin Islands are not acceptable.
  2. An acceptable proof of birth document issued by a US jurisdiction is issued by a state’s Bureau of Vital Statistics Office, Board of Health or equivalent state level government agency.
  3. A Health Card signed by a parent or guardian is not acceptable. The applicant will be required to present an acceptable document with their signature.
  4. Ontario Student Card is acceptable for proof of signature if the signature portion is part of the card. If the student card does not have a signature requirement as part of its issuance process, subsequent signing of the card is not acceptable as proof of signature.
  5. If an applicant is unable to present proof of signature from items 4 to 9 on List 2, the applicant may present an original, completed “Declaration from a Guarantor” form attesting to their signature. Applicants must first ensure that no other acceptable documents for signature are available from the list identified above. The Declaration from a Guarantor must be signed in blue or black ink and must not be altered (i.e. white-outs, erasures, etc). All fields must be completed in full with the names matching the legal ID presented. It must be signed in the presence of the guarantor. A new form will be required if these requirements are not met.

Notes:

  • Direct identification by a parent or guardian will no longer be acceptable. The applicant will be required to present an acceptable document with their signature.
  • If there is a variation in the names on the legal identification you present and the name that appears on your licence, you will be required to provide additional supporting documents to link the names together.

 

To obtain a Declaration from a Guarantor form:

Note: A Birth Certificate can be received within 15 days of application through Service Ontario through the following link: https://www.orgforms.gov.on.ca/eForms/start.do?lang=en

Support documents from List 3 are required if one of the following scenarios occurs:

  • If the name on identity documents from List 1 or 2 provided by the applicant is different from what the applicant wishes to appear on the driver’s licence;
  • If the name differs between 2 identify documents provided by the applicant, or
  • If the date of birth on the immigration paper(s) is incomplete or if it is not possible for the applicant to provide government issued documents to prove date of birth.*

 

Item
#
LIST 3 – Support Documents DATA ELEMENTS
Acceptable Identity Documents Legal Name Date of Birth Signature
1 Marriage Certificate

  • Canadian or foreign
  • Issued by federal/provincial/state government
  • Original or certified copy
2 Change of Name Certificate

  • Canadian or foreign
  • Issued by federal/provincial/state government

Support document of proof of change of name only is required.

3 Court Order showing legal name, date of birth and contains a court seal

  • Obtained for the purposes of name change, divorce or adoption
4 Sworn affidavit1 with support documentsSworn affidavit must be signed by a Commissioner of Oaths/Notary Public and must state the legal name, date of birth and the reason why no date of birth or only partial date of birth is available. Supporting documents include:

  • certified copies of school records
  • employment records or place of worship records with an original seal or stamp indicating “certified true copy” signed by an authorized signing officer for the institution or organization
  • Form 39 issued by the Office of the Registrar General of Ontario and is for a child born in another country and adopted in Ontario, or
  • an insurance Policy that has been in effect for more than 3 years
Reference:

  1. Sworn affidavit is only acceptable if date of birth on the immigration paper(s) is incomplete or if it is not possible for the applicant to provide government issued documents to prove date of birth,

Note:

  • A Snowmobile Licence cannot be used to fulfill the signature data element.

WHERE TO APPLY FOR A DRIVER’S LICENCE

s and 39 travel points across the province to serve you. Please refer to our Locations Page for the list of DriveTestcentres and Travel Points and their addresses. Designated French Driver Examination centres are marked by an asterisk (*).

HOW MUCH DO I PAY TO APPLY FOR A DRIVER’S LICENCE

Please refer to our Test Fee Page for a list of licence fees, road test fees, knowledge test fees and other services.

EXPIRED LICENCE

If you are re-applying due an expired Ontario licence, you will be required to present an acceptable ID. If the name on your ID does not match your expired driver’s licence, you will be required to present documentation to link the two names together. Please refer to the table above for guidance to what is considered acceptable identification.

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