Getting older brings its own unique set of life challenges, and continuing to drive a car is one of the most significant. Of course, senior citizens value their freedom and independence as much as anyone, but after a certain age precautions have to must be taken when driving, and eventually, everyone has to face the fact that they shouldn’t drive anymore.
Ontario has a driving program for seniors that’s intended to ensure they can operate a vehicle safely, for as long as they are able to do so. It’s a simple and easy process.
We at DriveWise suggest you take a test ready refresher course which consists of 4 lessons to be divided upon your individual needs and to help your License Renewal Program with confidence. If and when you are told that you have to do a road test, you will be well prepared.
Ontario’s Senior Driver’s License Renewal Program
To renew your driver’s license at age 80 and above, you have to must fulfil certain requirements every two years:
- Complete a vision test
- Have your driving record reviewed
- Attend a Group Education Session
- Complete two written tests during the session
The Group Education Session typically last about 45 minutes, and the entire process should take you about 90 minutes. However, if it is deemed necessary, you may also have to take a road test with an examiner, which will take a little longer. You may also be asked for pertinent medical information.
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation has provided complete details of the Senior Driver’s License Renewal Program in the booklet Aging and Driving: Ontario’s Licence Renewal Program for Drivers Age 80 and Above, you can also find practice written tests here
Steps to Renew Your G Driver’s License as A Senior
At age 80 and above, you will have to renew your license every two years. Here’s a brief outline of what you will need to do.
On or before your 80th birthday, you will receive a license renewal form in the mail, along with instructions on what you need to do to renew. Then you’ll need to make an appointment at one of the 125 Drive Test Centre locations in Ontario, which you can do by calling toll free at 1-800-396-4233. You will need your license number at hand, and inform them in you need any special accommodations, such as foreign language or sign language assistance.
You will be given the date and time of your session. This can only be rescheduled one time, and if the new date is after your license expires, you can receive a temporary driver’s permit until your renewal session is completed.
You will need to bring the following things to the renewal session:
- Your current license
- The renewal form you were mailed
- Eyeglasses and hearing aids if you use them
You are welcome to bring drinks and snacks, as they might not be available at all centres. The renewal session will involve the process that’s described above. After completing the session, you’ll need to bring your written test results and identification to a ServiceOntario Center to receive your new driver’s license.
Ontario’s Senior Driver’s License Renewal program will help you to keep driving safely so you can continue to maintain your independence and enjoy life to the fullest.