How to Switch your Licence for an Ontario Driver’s Licence

Looking to get an Ontario Driver's License? Here's a fast start guide

How to Switch your Licence for an Ontario Driver’s Licence

To switch your licence for an Ontario driver’s licence, you need to apply in-person at any DriveTest centre or the ServiceOntario Bay and College location in downtown Toronto.

You need to:

  • take an eye test
  • bring originals of your accepted identity documents showing your legal name, date of birth and signature
  • bring your original, valid out-of-province/foreign driver’s licence*
  • bring any original supporting documents that show proof of your driving experience in English or French
  • pay the applicable fees
  • fill out an application form (where you will state how long you have been driving)

You might also need to take a written test or road tests, before you get a full licence. It depends on your circumstances.

Find a DriveTest centre

Visit ServiceOntario Bay and College (Toronto)

How can I get my foreign licence translated?

Full list: accepted identity documents

  • Definition: a valid out-of-province licence

An out-of-province/foreign driver’s licence needs to:

  • be valid
  • display a visible expiry date
  • be written in either English or French. If it is not, you need to get it translated by a certified translator. The translation must be current – dated within six months of when you apply for an Ontario licence

How can I get my foreign driver’s licence translated?

You need to bring your out-of-country driver’s licence to an approved translator.

  • Approved translators include: non-Canadian embassies, consulates, or a high commissioner’s office, but do not include other translators from the country where the licence was issued.