Nov 18, 2021
By Jane Brown
Paper renewal notices for driver’s licenses, licence plate stickers and health cards in Ontario will soon be a thing of the past.
A news release from the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services says residents with these documents set to expire on or after March 1st, 2022 will no longer be mailed paper renewal notices and will instead receive digital reminders.
The move is expected to save up to $29-million over five years and some 80-million pieces of paper will also be spared in the process.
Sign up for these digital reminders by clicking here.
Ontario residents may also get the reminders by automated voice calls or text messages by calling 1-800-267-8097.
Any resident with a driver’s licence, licence plate sticker, or health card that expired on or after March 1, of last year — which was not renewed due to the temporary extensions that were issued at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic — will receive a final letter in the mail letting them know it’s time to renew.
There are exceptions to the new initiative and some residents can expect to still receive renewal notices in the mail if their government-issued products expire on or after March 1, 2022.
EXEMPTIONS FOR DRIVER’S LICENCE HOLDERS AND VEHICLE OWNERS INCLUDE:
Individuals aged 70 years and older
Individuals with a driver’s licence class A, B, C, D, E, or F
Individuals with endorsements that require additional testing (i.e airbrake)
Individuals who have a licence plate sticker associated with a company/fleet vehicle
Individuals who have jointly owned vehicles
Heavy Commercial Vehicles
EXEMPTIONS FOR HEALTH CARD HOLDERS INCLUDE:
Individuals age 16 and under
Individuals age 70 and above
Individuals living in remote locations or isolated communities (e.g. no in-person ServiceOntario locations are available) and where renewals are done by mail with the assistance of nursing stations
Individuals residing in a publicly funded long-term care facility where renewals are done via fax or by mail
Individuals with a health card that has a definite end date, temporary foreign workers, homeless, foreign clergy, migrant farm workers, temporary resident permit holders, applicant for permanent resident, applicant for citizenship, or where coverage has otherwise been ended where renewals are done at public offices only and need to provide additional documents in order to renew