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How is an Ontario driver's license renewal different for seniors?

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As of 2015, residents of Ontario 80 years of age or older are required to renew their licenses every 2 years, while residents under 80 years of age are required to renew their licenses every 5 years. Residents receive renewal notices via mail at least 90 days before license expiration.

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The renewal notice includes instructions on how to book a renewal session, which is mandatory in order for the driver to have his license renewed.

At the renewal session, the driver must take a vision test and participate in a short group interactive education class that provides driving tips for seniors, covers traffic laws and road signs and includes discussion on how aging affects driving. Drivers also need to complete an in-class exercise and have their driving record reviewed. In all, the renewal session generally takes about 90 minutes to complete.

After the class, the driver may need to pass a road test or submit medical information, depending on how well the driver performed in his in-class screening session and the results of the review of his driving record. There is also an improvement counselor on hand at the group session to discuss this process further with the class attendees.

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