Acceptable Identity Documents

To obtain your driver’s licence, you must present acceptable, valid ID. Documents must be ORIGINAL and VALID. Copies, including certified copies, are not acceptable unless noted in the lists below.

Acceptable Identity Documents

To apply for an Ontario driver’s licence at a DriveTest Centre, you will be required to show proof of your:

  • Legal name
  • Date of birth (must state the day, month, and year of birth)
  • Signature 

Legal name is defined as the one registered at birth or the one changed legally through adoption, court order/change of name certificate, or marriage. If there is a variation in the names on the legal identification you present and the name that appears on your licence, you will be required to provide additional supporting documents to link the names together.

Proof of identity requirements can be met by presenting one or multiple documents, depending on the level of detail available on the documents you choose to show. The following sections and tables indicate the documentation (or combination of documents) that can be used with your licence application. Please note that, in all the following tables, the symbol  indicates a particular piece of information is satisfied.

There may be other documentation requirements for licence exchanges and out-of-country and out-of-province drivers.

Applicant Giving Acceptable ID (Passport) to Agent

Options for Providing Proof of Identity with Only One Document

The following tables lists the types of identification that include all the information required to apply for an Ontario driver’s licence. One table is for Canadian citizens; the other table is for permanent and temporary residents. Please read carefully to avoid disappointment when filing your application. 

Canadian Citizens

Acceptable identity documentsLegal nameDate of birthSignature

Passport

  • Note: An applicant identified as a child on a parent’s passport must provide an additional document that provides proof of the applicant’s signature.

Canadian Citizenship Card with photo and issued prior to February 1, 2012.

OR

Citizenship Certificate/ Certificate of Canadian Citizenship (small wallet-sized card issued from 1954 to January 2012).

  • Notes: Canadian citizenship documents issued beginning February 1, 2012, are not valid as proof of any of the three data elements.
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) regards the name on the non-picture side of the Canadian citizenship cards, issued until February 2012, as the legal name. That name is taken from a birth certificate or an immigration document; therefore, the name on the non-picture side of these cards is used in creating an applicant's driver record.
Secure Certificate of Indian Status Card (issued on or after December 15, 2009, by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
Ontario Photo Card

Permanent or Temporary Residents

Acceptable identity documentsLegal nameDate of birthSignature

Passport

  • Note: An applicant identified as a child on a parent’s passport must provide an additional document that provides proof of the applicant’s signature. 

Canadian Permanent Resident Card with signature

Record of Landing1 (Form IMM 1000)

  • Notes: If information on the IMM 1000 is amended and an IMM 1436 is issued, IMM 1436 must be accompanied by IMM 1000 to be acceptable.
  • An applicant identified as a child must provide an additional document that provides proof of the applicant’s signature.
Confirmation of Permanent Resident Form (IMM 5292) accompanied by a valid passport from country of origin

Report pursuant to the Immigration and Refugees Protection Act (IMM 1442) with photo

  • Note: An applicant identified as a child must provide an additional document that provides proof of the applicant’s signature.
Student Authorization/Study Permit (IMM 1442)

(•)

Employment Authorization/Work Permit (IMM 1442)

(•)

Visitor Record (IMM 1442)

(•)

Temporary Resident’s Permit (IMM 1442) (formerly Minister's Permit/Extension of Minister’s Permit)

(•)

Ontario Photo Card

Note:  (•) Satisfies the signature data element only if Form 1442 has a pre-printed area for the holder’s signature; otherwise, the applicant must provide another piece of acceptable identification from list 2 to prove proof of signature 

Options for Providing Proof of Identity With Two Documents

If you do not have one of the acceptable ID documents from the tables above, a combination of the following documents is also acceptable. In the following tables, two documents are required to satisfy all three data elements (legal name, complete date of birth, signature).

Direct identification by a parent or guardian is not acceptable. You must present an acceptable document with your signature.

If there is a variation in the names on the legal identification you present and the name that appears on your licence, you must provide additional supporting documents to link the names together.

 

Acceptable identity documentsLegal nameDate of birthSignature

Canadian or U.S. birth certificate or a proof of birth document issued by a U.S. jurisdiction

  • An Ontario birth certificate can be received within 15 days of application through ServiceOntario.
  • Quebec birth certificates issued before January 1, 1994, are not acceptable. Proof of birth documents issued by the US territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Samoa, and the US Virgin Islands are not acceptable.
  • An acceptable proof of birth document issued by a U.S. jurisdiction is issued by a state’s Bureau of Vital Statistics Office, Board of Health, or equivalent state-level government agency. 
 

Canadian Permanent Resident Card without signature

Certified Copy of Marriage Certificate (issued in Ontario only)

Certified Copy of Statement of Live Birth (issued in Ontario only)

Certificate of Indian Status (laminated card issued by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)

U.S. Passport Card

Nexus Card and FAST/EXPRESS Card

Canadian or U.S.-issued driver’s licence or enhanced driver’s licence

Identity Card – issued by a Canadian or U.S. jurisdiction (enhanced or non-enhanced)

Ontario Health Card

  • A health card signed by a parent or guardian is not acceptable. The applicant will be required to present an acceptable document with their signature. 

Ontario Student Card with signature 

  • An Ontario Student Card is acceptable for proof of signature if the signature portion is part of the card. If the student card does not have a signature requirement as part of its issuance process, subsequent signing of the card is not acceptable as proof of signature. 

Declaration from a Guarantor, Form SR-LD-40

  • If an applicant is unable to present proof of signature from items 4 to 9, the applicant may present an original, completed Declaration from a Guarantor form attesting to their signature. Applicants must first ensure that no other acceptable documents for signature are available from the list identified above. The Declaration from a Guarantor must be signed in blue or black ink and must not be altered (i.e., white-outs, erasures, etc.). All fields must be completed in full with the names matching the legal ID presented. It must be signed in the presence of the guarantor. A new form will be required if these requirements are not met.
  • To obtain a Declaration from a Guarantor form, download the form or request a copy of the form at a DriveTest Centre

Department of National Defence (DND) identity card

Department of National Defence (DND) driver's permit (404)

Support Documents for Acceptable ID

Support documents from the following table are required if one of the following scenarios occurs:

  • If the name on the other identity documents is different from what you wish to appear on your driver’s licence.
  • If the name differs between two identity documents you provide.
  • If the date of birth on the immigration paper(s) is incomplete or if it is not possible to provide. government-issued documents to prove date of birth.

Please note that a snowmobile licence cannot be used to fulfill the signature data element.

Acceptable Identity DocumentsLegal NameDate of BirthSignature

Marriage Certificate

  • Canadian or foreign
  • Issued by federal/provincial/state government
  • Original or certified copy

   

Change of Name Certificate

  • Canadian or foreign
  • Issued by federal/provincial/state government
   

Court order showing legal name, date of birth, and court seal, obtained for the purposes of name change, divorce, or adoption 


Sworn affidavit with support documents

Sworn affidavit must be signed by a Commissioner of Oaths/Notary Public and must state the legal name, date of birth, and the reason why no date of birth or only a partial date of birth is available. Supporting documents include:

  • Certified copies of school records.
  • Employment records or place of worship records with an original seal or stamp indicating "certified true copy" signed by an authorized signing officer for the institution or organization.
  • Form 39 issued by the Office of the Registrar General of Ontario and is for a child born in another country and adopted in Ontario.
  • An insurance policy that has been in effect for more than 3 years.

Sworn affidavit is acceptable only if the date of birth on the immigration paper(s) is incomplete or if it is not possible for the applicant to provide government-issued documents to prove the date of birth.