Ontario: Drivers Over 80-Years-Old Will No Longer Perform Written Knowledge Test April 21, 2014

Update:

Glen Murray - Ontario Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation effective Feb. 13/13.  Transportation Minister Glen Murray said the program aims to keep seniors driving for as long as they can safely do so. "These changes will help seniors stay on the roads safely with a more streamlined renewal process, while also better flagging those who shouldn't be driving," Murray said Tuesday.
Glen Murray – Ontario Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation effective Feb. 13/13.
Transportation Minister Glen Murray said the program aims to keep seniors driving for as long as they can safely do so.”These changes will help seniors stay on the roads safely with a more streamlined renewal process, while also better flagging those who shouldn’t be driving,” Murray said Tuesday.
The new rules are to take effect on April 21, 2014 and officials say the renewal session will take approximately 90 minutes, or less than half the time of the current program. The cost of renewal for seniors will remain at $32 and there will be no additional cost for a road test. Ontario drivers age 80 and over must renew their licences every two years. 

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Ontario is enhancing its driver’s licence renewal program to help seniors who are fit to drive renew their licences.

Starting April 21, 2014, drivers aged 80 and over will no longer have to complete a written knowledge test. Instead, they will participate in a shorter, simpler renewal program that includes:

  • a vision test
  • a driver record review
  • an improved, in-class group education session
  • two short, in-class screening exercises

The new screening exercises are simple, non-computerized tasks that help identify drivers who may need further assessment, such as a road test or medical review. Samples of both exercises are available online.

Enhancements to the senior driver’s licence renewal program are supported by the latest scientific research and are part of the Ontario government’s plan to make it easier for people to access important government services, when and where they need them

Quick Facts

  • The new renewal session will take approximately 90 minutes, or less than half the time of the current program.
  • Ontario drivers age 80 and over must renew their licences every two years.
  • In 2012, 117,237 drivers age 80 and older attended a group education session.
  • Ontario is the only province in Canada with a mandatory education component for senior driver’s licence renewal.
  • The current cost of renewal for seniors will remain the same at $32. There is no additional cost for a road test.
 Ontario drivers age 80 and over must renew their licences every two years. The new rules are to take effect on April 21, 2014 and officials say the renewal session will take approximately 90 minutes, or less than half the time of the current program. The cost of renewal for seniors will remain at $32 and there will be no additional cost for a road test.

Ontario drivers age 80 and over must renew their licences every two years.
The new rules are to take effect on April 21, 2014 and officials say the renewal session will take approximately 90 minutes, or less than half the time of the current program. The cost of renewal for seniors will remain at $32 and there will be no additional cost for a road test.

Changes to the Senior Driver Renewal Program

You can download information about changes to MTO’s Senior Driver Renewal Program in one of 13 languages other than English and French.

Ontario’s senior driver programs aim to keep seniors driving for as long as they can safely do so.

Once drivers reach 80 years of age, every two years they must:

  • Take a vision test
  • Undergo a driver record review
  • Attend a group education session
  • Take a knowledge test
  • If necessary, take a road test.

This process takes approximately three-and-a-half hours.  The cost for senior drivers to renew their licence is prorated at two-fifths the cost of a five-year renewal and there is no additional cost for the process outlined above.

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has been reviewing this program to make sure it is using the most up-to-date tools available to promote road safety, and effectively identify senior drivers who may no longer be safely able to drive.

Our review has shown that there is a better, less stressful way to make this determination.  Starting April 21, 2014, senior drivers wishing to renew their licences will:

  • Take a vision test
  • Undergo a driver record review
  • Attend a shortergroup education session
  • Complete two, brief,non-computerized in-class screening assignments
  • If necessary, take a road test.

Group Education Session (GES) In-Class Screening Component: Practice Samples -PDF (120 KB)

You can download the in-class screening practice test (part of the education session) in one of the 16 languages other than English and French (PDF’s).

This process will take about 90 minutes. Seniors will no longer need to study for a knowledge test. As well, the in-class screening assignments will be posted on the MTO website and available by request.

Please note that this new process will remain as a renewal program. Existing and valid licenses will be not revoked but all requirements need to be met before your licence is renewed.

Should you have questions about the new program, please visit  Ontario.ca/seniordriver or call 1-800-396-4233 or GTA: 416-235-3579.

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