There are a number of reasons why you may want access to your Ontario driving record. Whatever your motivation, there are a number of reports you can order. They provide slightly different information but give you verification for whatever it is you need to know. Unfortunately, none of these reports are free, but you can request them through a simple process on the Government of Ontario website.
Examples of Driving Record Reports
These reports can come certified or uncertified. It costs slightly more to get a certified version. As of October 2019, most reports cost $12 for an uncertified version. The complete driver's record, also known as the Freedom of Information driver's record, costs $48 or $54, depending on whetheryou want the record certified.
A survey by InsuranceHotline.com found that over 90 percent of drivers would like barrier-free access to their driver’s record and insurance history.
Online ordering is the easiest option for many drivers. You will have to pay by credit card if you request the record online. If you pay in person at a ServiceOntario centre, you may also have the option of debit, cash, or certified cheque -- but this depends on the report. If you order by mail, you can mail a regular (uncertified) cheque.
Here's a list of some options if you want to see a copy of your driving record:
- 3-year Driver's Record: This includes your demerit points, active fines, as well as Highway Traffic Act and Criminal Code of Canada convictions.
- Driver's Licence History: This includes class changes, licence renewals, residential addresses, and driving course completion.
- 5-year Driver's Record: This includes demerit points, driver identification info, as well as Highway Traffic Act convictions for the past three years and Criminal Code of Canada convictions for the past five years.
- Extended Driver's Record: This includes driver identification info, as well as Highway Traffic Act convictions for the past three years and Criminal Code of Canada convictions for as far back as the records go.
- Complete Driver's Record: This includes driver identification info, demerit totals, Highway Traffic Act and Criminal Code of Canada convictions for as far back as the records go, as well as residential addresses, collisions, driver's licences replacements, and renewals.
In addition, you can access reports on a specific collision, copies of your driver's documents like your licence application, a driver confirmation letter for out-of-province licensing, and a driver's licence check to demonstrate that it is valid.
To order by mail, you have to first access the Record Search Application form from the Government of Ontario website. Fill out that form and mail it with a cheque to:
Ministry of Transportation
Licensing Administration and Support Office
Information and Data Retrieval Unit
87 Sir William Hearst Avenue
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