Moving Checklist

  • Be sure to set aside, or place in your vehicle, the items you want to keep with you. 
  • Ensure you plan to spend the entire day with the movers. 
  • Greet the movers, give them your instructions and point out fragile items to them.
  • Find a system for identifying your boxes—this will make the movers’ job easier when they reach your new home. 
  • Take an inventory of all the boxes and furniture loaded into the van. 
  • Provide the movers with labelled bags to hold the screws they remove from disassembled furniture. 
  • Allocate a box for tools, paper towels, hand soap, toilet paper, adhesive tape and parts from disassembled furniture. 
  • Turn off, or turn down, the heating/air conditioning. 
  • Put out the garbage. 
  • Make a last round of the house to ensure that nothing has been left behind (don’t forget to check in cabinets, drawers, closets). 
  • Be sure you have tickets, the necessary papers, and money for the trip. 
  • Lock the doors and windows and turn over the keys to the realtor or owner.  

On Arrival At Your Destination

  • Stay with the movers and make a list of what they unload from the van. 
  • Instruct the movers where to place boxes and pieces of furniture. 
  • Check for missing or damaged items. 
  • Read all meters (hydro, water, etc.). 
  • Change the locks.  

What You Need To Know 

If you are already a resident of Ontario, and are moving to a new base or near a base within the province, you can change the address on your health card, driver’s licence, and/or vehicle permit online
If you have newly moved into Ontario, you need to update your health card, driver’s license, and/or vehicle permit online. When you update a driver’s license or vehicle permit, you must also update the address on your health card, so the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has your new address on file. 

Deadline For Updating Your Address 

From the time your address changes you must, by law, update your: 

  • Driver’s licence and vehicle permit (the green ownership document) within 6 days
  • Health card within 30 days 

What You Need To Change Your Address 

For all services you’ll need your complete new residential and/or mailing address, including your address (with your unit number, floor, number, etc.), postal code, city and province. 

Driver’s Licence and Vehicle Permits 

To change your driver’s licence or vehicle permit, you’ll need your: 

  • Driver’s licence number, or registrant identification number. 
  • Issue date on your driver’s licence. 
  • Photo health card. 

If your health card has an address printed on it, you cannot update your address online. You must update it in person at a ServiceOntario centre . To change the address on your photo health card online, you’ll need: 

  • Your health card number and version code 
  • The postal code on your current driver’s licence 
  • The 9 characters found on the back of your health card 

Driver's Licence / Car Registration

When you move to Ontario, you can use a valid licence from another province, state or country for 60 days. After 60 days, you need to switch to an Ontario driver’s licence. 
You can exchange an out-of-province licence for an Ontario licence, if you are re-locating from: 

  • Any Canadian province or territory 
  • Canadian Armed Forces 
  • U.S. States 
  • Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, the Isle of Man, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Switzerland, Taiwan. 

Drivers Licence Resources 

Get a G Driver’s Licence: New Drivers 
Change an Address on Your Driver’s Licence, Vehicle Permit, and Health Card 
Renewing Your Driver’s Licence 
Renewing a Driver’s Licence Outside Ontario 
Switching your licence for an Ontario driver’s licence 
Exchange Out Of Province Drivers Licence

Paying Defaulted Fines and Driver’s Licence Reinstatement 
Register a Vehicle (Permits, Licence Plates, and Stickers)

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