Ontario’s DriveTest Centres Reopen Monday, But Services Will Be Based On Your Date Of Birth

Thursday June 18th, 2020

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DriveTest centres across the province are set to reopen next week and will offer limited services, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation announced Thursday.

The government says all 56 full-time DriveTest centres will reopen on Monday, June 22nd for limited services including G1 and M1 knowledge tests, driver’s licence exchanges and commercial driver’s licence applications and upgrades. They say commercial road tests will also be available by appointment at 28 locations across Ontario.

“As Ontario continues to gradually and safely reopen, reopening DriveTest centres will help get more people back to every day life,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “By resuming driver testing in a phased, staggered approach, important health and safety measures, such as physical distancing and extensive cleaning, can be maintained.”

The province says DriveTest centres will offer services to customers based on date of birth to reduce crowding and to support new requirements for physical distancing, health checks and enhanced sanitation.

People with birthdays between January to June will be allowed to visit a centre the first week of reopening, and people with birthdays between July to December will have access to DriveTest services the following week, the province says. Access to DriveTest services will continue to alternate weekly until full services are restored.

“We encourage applicants to be patient when visiting a centre and hold off visiting DriveTest where possible to support physical distancing and reduce crowding,” said Minister Mulroney. “We have extended the validity of all driver’s licences, so we would ask that everyone hold off on visiting a DriveTest centre unless the need for a driver’s licence is urgent. I can assure you that no one will lose their licence as a result of COVID-19.”

DriveTest will also require customers to wear face coverings inside centres and during road tests, to sanitize their hands when they enter the building and to undergo temperature checks before road tests. The province says all DriveTest staff will wear personal protective equipment when serving customers and driver examiners will also be equipped with face shields, sanitizer packages and seat covers when conducting road tests.

All 56 DriveTest centres and 39 Travel Point locations were closed on March 23rd.

The province hopes to restore full services at DriveTest centres by September.

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