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New driver’s licence testing for seniors

Beginning 0n April 21, drivers aged 80 and over will no longer have to complete a written knowledge test. Instead, they will participate in a shorter, renewal program that includes:
a vision test,  a driver record review,  an in-class group education session ad two short, in-class screening exercises (sample below) designed to evaluate basic auditory language skills, memory, motor functioning, and ability to plan and organize.

The government, in its announcement, said “the new screening exercises are simple, non-computerized tasks that help identify drivers who may need further assessment, such as a road test or medical review.”

The new renewal session is expected to take approximately 90 minutes, or less than half the time of the current program.

Ontario drivers age 80 and over must renew their licences every two years. In 2012, 117,237 drivers age 80 and older attended a group education session.
Ontario is the only province in Canada with a mandatory education component for senior driver’s licence renewal.  The current cost of renewal for seniors will remain the same at $32. There is no additional cost for a road test.


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