Information posted to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO) website this week signals an end to extensions issued for drivers’ licences and licence plates that were put in place in March of 2020 due to COVID-19.
Note: The end of the extensions for licence plates and for drivers’ licences will occur on different dates. Excerpts from MTO’s webpage below highlights the differences:
- Licence plates: “Licence plate stickers for heavy commercial vehicles, including International Registration Plan (IRP) cab cards, must be renewed by December 31, 2021. Heavy commercial vehicle owners must pay a portion of the renewal fee either as a one-time payment or via a payment plan. More information on the payment plan and how to apply for an exemption will be available in early 2022. The Ministry of Transportation will contact affected owners directly.”
- Driver’s licences: “Commercial drivers with driver’s licences with expiry dates between March 1, 2020, and February 28, 2022, must renew their licences by February 28, 2022. Regular commercial driver’s licence renewals will resume March 1, 2022.”
Additional Information for carrier Operations into the United States:
- Drivers and carriers operating into the United States who have yet to renew drivers’ licences and licence plates are strongly encouraged to review MTO’s updated (September 1, 2021) Memorandum – COVID-19-Temporary Validity Extension for Expired Ontario Driver and Vehicle Products and Services