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SENIOR DRIVER OVER 80 YEARS OLD? NEW RULES FOR DRIVER’S LICENSE RENEWAL

 

As of April 21, 2014, there are new rules for seniors who are renewing their driver’s license. Here are important points of this new legislation. A complete booklet on this program can be viewed at www.ontario.ca/driving. We encourage you to obtain and read this information.

  • Starting with your 80th birthday, you will receive two items in the mail: a renewal form, and a letter advising what you need to do to renew your driver’s license. These items will arrive about 90 days prior to your current license expiring. Carefully read all the contents of the letter.
  • You will be asked to book an appointment for testing. The number is 1-800-396-4233. You’ll be given a date/time/location of your renewal session. There are over 200 locations, so there will be a centre near your home address. You can re-schedule one time only. If the new appointment is after your current license expires, you can obtain a temporary permit to drive.
  • You then attend your session, which is about 3 hours long. Bring your current driver’s license, the renewal form, eye glasses (if needed), hearing aids (if needed) and a bottle of water/snacks to keep refreshed. (ie: diabetic.) Try and remain calm. Everyone wants you to do your best.
  • You will take an eye test and participate in a group session. This session is interactive, and will discuss new driving laws, driving and aging, driving tips and road sign recognition, all within the group. Next, you will take a one (1) hour multiple choice test on the rules of the road and traffic signs. The test results will be returned to you in a sealed envelope. It may be necessary for you to take a road test if:
    1) you have demerit points on your driving record or,
    2) had trouble with the written test or group discussion.
    This test would NOT be on a highway, and would test basic skills and knowledge. If you fail this test, you can try it again.
  • If successful, after the session you’ll visit a Service Ontario Centre and obtain your new license card. Bring your test results, original identification showing your legal name, date of birth and signature. Your new license will then be issued to you.
The above information is a quick overview on what is required for seniors over 80 years old to renew their driver’s license. For the complete booklet on the renewal program, you can visit any Service Ontario Centre, or visit www.ontario.ca/driving. This information is brought you by the Wasaga Beach Community Policing Committee and the OPP, Huronia West Detachment. Please contact the WBCPC at 705-429-7869, or the OPP at 705-429-3575, for more information on this topic, or any other safety related or crime prevention concerns that you may have.


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