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Need a driving record? Here’s how to apply

March 30, 2023   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

A driver record, also called an abstract, is a government-issued document with information about a driver and their driver’s license.

Sometimes you may need a driver’s abstract to prove you have a good driving record.

This could include when you are applying for a job or being considered as a candidate by an employer. You may also need a driver’s record when applying for vehicle insurance, a driver’s license in another jurisdiction, or to confirm a driver’s address in court.

You can order a driver’s record through the provincial ministry.

There are two types of records – certified and uncertified. An uncertified record meets most people’s needs. A certified record has a seal from the Ministry of Transportation and is typically required for legal reasons only.

Both records include your name, driver’s licence number, date of birth, sex, height, license class, expiry date, license status, and earliest license date available. It also includes conditions and endorsements — for example, a requirement to wear glasses or contact lenses to drive.

A three-year driving record includes driver identification details, a demerit point total, active fine suspensions, Highway Traffic Act and Criminal Code of Canada convictions, suspensions and reinstatements for the past three years. It does not include a driver’s address, Ontario beginner driver education course completion, or expired medical suspensions.

A driver’s license history includes driver identification details, Ontario beginner driver education course completion, all license replacements, renewals, class changes, and past and current residential addresses. This history does not include demerit points, conviction and suspension information, or past and current residential addresses when you order in person for immediate delivery.

A three-year driver record is the most popular type of record commonly used for employment reasons and should meet most needs. If you order an uncertified record online, you will get it immediately.

If you order an uncertified three-year record online, be prepared to enter your driver’s license number and pay with a valid VISA, Mastercard or Interact.

You can print or save the record.

If you order a certified three-year record online, visit the Ministry of Transportation website and follow the instructions. Your order will be processed within 15 business days and will be sent by regular mail.

You can also order a driver’s record in person by visiting a Service Ontario location.

The cost for an uncertified record is $12.

For a certified record, the cost is $18.

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