Ministry of Transportation Ontario Extends Deadlines

The MTO has announced that they will be extending the validation period for driver’s licenses, medical and vision testing, license plates, CVOR renewals and other products and services that may expire in the next few weeks.

You should still attempt to use the online renewal system if you qualify.

Service Ontario (which processes many of these renewals) also deals with health cards which are also having the same extensions.

There is no fixed timeline for these extensions, but the recommendation of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health will guide the ministry’s decision.

Time sensitive products such as single trip oversize/overweight permits and MVIS stock orders will still be made available during this time.

The notice did not mention what will be done with new applications, upgrades of licenses, etc.

For more information see the announcement.

Ontario Driver’s Licenses, Medicals and Vehicle Plates During COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Government of Ontario has decided to close all non-essential services. This includes Service Ontario and Drive Test locations.

This will make renewal of driver’s licenses, license plates, etc. next to impossible for commercial vehicle drivers and operators. Medical exams will also be out of the question.

Online Renewals

While there are options to renew online, they seem to be only for G and M class licenses. We’re not sure if you can renew registrations for commercial vehicles on line.

What if My License Expires?

As you can imagine, the skeleton staff are swamped at Service Ontario. So we are all waiting to hear what will happen if your driver’s license, medical or plates expire during this shutdown.

During a similar situation that occurred during the last civil service strike, licenses in good standing that expired during the shutdown were given an extension. We can only assume that something similar will be done during this shutdown.

But you should still attempt to renew using the online methods. And document your attempts.

If you choose to drive in this situation, we are hopeful that enforcement officers will be understanding and will not lay charges for expired licenses. However, they may do so. If you are charged, fighting the charge is important.

We will attempt to update this page when we get any information about how the Ministry intends to handle this.

In the meantime, drive safely and stay healthy.

Changes to Inspection Schedule 1 and Schedule 2

A new version of the inspection schedules is available in Ontario. Both Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 have had a minor change in the Suspension category. This is to clarify that multiple broken spring leaves is a major defect if all are in the same spring assembly.

This change was made to reflect the wording of NSC 13. Other provinces may have these changes in their version of the schedules already.

Get the new versions here: