Maintaining accurate information on your driver’s licence is vital for various situations, including traffic stops and identity verification.
This guide provides essential information about how to change information on the Ontario Driver’s Licence.
What Can You Change on Your Driver’s Licence?
You have the option to update the following details on your Ontario driver’s licence:
- Sex designation
- Date of birth
What Do You Need for These Changes?
To make changes to your driver’s licence, you’ll need to visit a ServiceOntario center. Here’s what you need to bring along:
- Your current driver’s licence: Don’t forget to bring your existing licence with you.
- Original supporting documents (if required): Depending on the changes you’re making, you might need additional documents. For example, if you’re changing your name, you’ll need proof of your name or name change using accepted original documents.
Cost and Delivery
One of the best parts about updating your Ontario driver’s licence is that it’s completely free of charge. You won’t have to pay a cent.
Once you’ve completed the process, your brand-new licence will be mailed to you. This typically takes about 4 to 6 weeks. In the meantime, you’ll receive a temporary driver’s licence or a confirmation at the ServiceOntario center.
Changing Your Address (Online)
While this guide primarily focuses on changes to personal information, it’s essential to mention that you can also change your address online. This makes it convenient for you to keep your contact details up to date.
Vision Conditions or Restrictions
If you have vision-related conditions or restrictions noted on your driver’s licence, you might need to take additional steps to address them. Here’s what you should know:
Removing a Vision Condition or Restriction:
- Your current driver’s licence.
- A letter from an optometrist (if applicable).
- Take an eye test.
Adding a Vision Condition or Restriction:
If you need to add a vision-related condition or restriction, you should visit ServiceOntario in person and bring your current driver’s licence.
Adding French Characters to Your Name
Here’s some exciting news: you can now include French characters (like ç, è, é, ê, ë) on your driver’s licence to reflect your name accurately. To make this change, you need to:
Changing Your Sex Designation
Your driver’s licence can display one of three sex designations: M (male), F (female), or X (gender-neutral). Depending on your needs, here’s what you should do:
Change from M to F or F to M:
To change your sex designation on your driver’s licence from male (M) to female (F) or vice versa, head to a ServiceOntario center near you.
You’ll need to bring an original and valid document indicating the updated sex designation, either male (M) or female (F). This can be:
- A birth certificate.
- A birth certificate with parental information.
- A certified copy of birth registration.
If you do not have one of the above, you will need to bring the following two documents:
- a letter from a doctor licenced by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario or a psychologist (or psychological associate) licenced by the College of Psychologists of Ontario. The letter must:
- be on the doctor’s letterhead
- state that the doctor has examined or treated you and the change in the sex designation on your driver’s licence is appropriate
- be signed by the doctor
- a letter from you that includes:
- the change you want to make
- your full name
- your current address
- your driver’s licence number
- the name and address of the doctor or psychologist (or psychological associate), who has signed the letter (described above) in support of the change
Change from F or M to X:
If you’d like to change your sex designation to X, visit a ServiceOntario center. No supporting documents are necessary for this change.
Correcting Your Date of Birth
If your date of birth is incorrect on your driver’s licence, here’s how you can correct it:
Visit ServiceOntario and provide one of the following original documents:
- Birth certificate.
- Certified copy of a statement of live birth (government-issued).
- Citizenship card.
- Canadian certificate of Indian status.
- Permanent resident card.
- Permanent resident form.
- Record of landing.
Adjusting Your Height
If the height on your driver’s license is incorrect, you can easily fix it by visiting ServiceOntario. The best part? No supporting documents are required for this change.
Updating your Ontario driver’s licence information is a simple process. Whether it’s your name, sex designation, date of birth, or height that needs updating, you now have the knowledge to proceed confidently.