In Ontario your driver's licence is provided by DriveTest and the vehicle's registration is distributed by Service Ontario.
When you move to Ontario, you can use a valid licence from another province, state or country for 60 days.
WE SUGGEST YOU FOLLOW THESE 4 STEPS IN ORDER TO DRIVE IN ONTARIO:
You need to apply in person directly at the DriveTest Centre. You will need to bring
- Get your Driver's Licence
- A valid out of province licence; and,
- A second piece of ID that shows your name and your date of birth (i.e. passport, birth certificate). All certificates must be original.
Be prepared to have your picture taken, take a vision test and pay the fees related to your licence exchange. https://www.ontario.ca/page/exchange-out-province-drivers-licence
If you had an Ontario driver's licence, moved, then got married, you will need your marriage certificate (not a solemnization of marriage certificate) to get your licence. If you had changed your family name, you also need to bring your original change of name certificate .
The DriveTest Centre is bilingual and is located at 381 Select Dr, Units 1-5, Kingston.
2. Insurance Coverage
In Ontario, you pay for insurance from a private insurance company. You will receive a pink insurance card from your insurance company. When driving your own or someone else's vehicle in Ontario, you must have the pink insurance card with you at all times.
3. Safety Standards Certificate
A Safety Standards Certificate confirms that your vehicle meets the minimum safety standards. It does not matter how old the vehicle is; all vehicles need to have a safety Standards Certificate. To receive a certificate, your vehicle must first pass an inspection at any garage. All garages holding a MTO (Ministry of Transport) permit can carry out inspections and issue Safety Standard Certificates. Usually, a Safety Standards Certificate is valid for 36 calendar days after the inspection. However, at the moment, because of COVID-19 all Safety Standard Certificates are extended indefinitely.
4. Get your Ontario plates at Service Ontario.
When you register your vehicle, you will receive a vehicle permit, licence plate and a licence plate sticker. You need to renew your licence plate sticker each year (or every two years if you choose to pay for two years in advance). To register a vehicle, you will need:
- Ownership of the vehicle
- Ontario Safety Certificate
- Proof of Ontario Insurance
- VALID Ontario driver's licence or registrant identification number (RIN)
All certificates must be original.
A Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) member may use their NDI 20 (Canadian Forces ID Card) to prove their names, signature and date of birth for vehicle transactions.
If your vehicle is leased, you will need a power of attorney from the creditor (i.e. Toyota Credit) to register the vehicle. This power of attorney gives the customer permission to register the vehicle in a different province and allows the driver to attach plates. You cannnot register your vehicle without this.
If you are posted from Alberta or Northwest Territories and you have a truck, your permit does not have a registered gross weight included. You will need to have your truck weighed before you may register it at Service Ontario. Kimco Steel, located at 1325 John Counter Blvd, Kingston can weigh your truck for a $20 fee.
Service Ontario has 2 locations:
- 1201 Division Street Kingston (bilingual) – (613)536-5722
- 1650 Bath Road Kingston – 1-800-267-8097
Your registration sticker must be renewed annually or every two years before the renewal date. The renewal of your sticker can be done online. An email reminder can also be sent 30 or 60 days before the expiration of your registration sticker. Military personnel from outside of Ontario with licence plate validation from another region can convert any remaining time on the validation onto an Ontario licence plate sticker. For more information, please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/renew-licence-plate-sticker
If you need help, or have questions about your driver’s license or vehicle registration, you can contact the Ontario hotline at:
1-888-333-8545 (toll-free from the U.S. and Canada only) Your call will be answered by a live customer service representative with specialized knowledge to assist callers from military families.
For more information please contact:
613-541-5010 ext. 5195
To the best of our knowledge, the information above is accurate and reliable as of the date of publication. However, we do not assume any responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or quality of services. We distribute the above information with the sole purpose of guiding community members towards the help they seek.