By RANDI CLARKE
Forget about having to wait in those long lineups at ServiceOntario. There may be a new way – and possibly an easier way – for you to renew your driver’s licence.
Ontario will be the first province in Canada to allow drivers to renew their licences online. Don’t worry about having to retake your photos though. Currently, drivers have to renew their licence photo in person every five years. However, eligible drivers who renew online at ServiceOntario.ca/driverslicence will be able to reuse their current licence photo for an additional five years.
This means that people will only need to renew in person every 10 years.
Renewing online is not the only thing you’ll be able to do on that website. You can also get licence plate stickers and other driver and vehicle products at the same time.
ServiceOntario processed more than 1.6 million driver’s licence renewal transactions last year. Having this online availability to renew will make it easier for people to access important government services, when they need them.
John Milloy, minister of government services, said “We are committed to making it easier and more convenient for the people of Ontario to access important government services.”
The new renewal service is added to the more than 40 services already offered online. These services are: renewing licence plate stickers, changing addresses and applying for birth, death or marriage certificates.
You can also use Interac online, in addition to major credit cards.
For more information, go to their website www.ServiceOntario.ca/driverslicence