When you are driving in Ontario, you are required to have a valid driver’s license. In addition, you may be asked to provide a driving record or abstract. This document contains information about your driving history and can be used by organizations such as car insurance companies, employers, and schools. So what is a driving record in Ontario, and what information does it contain? Let’s take a closer look!
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What is a Driving Record?
A driving record is a document that outlines your driving history. It includes information such as traffic violations, accidents, and demerit points. The type of information included in your driving record will depend on the province or state you live in.
What is a Driver’s Abstract?
A driver’s abstract is a summary of your driving record, and it may be requested by employers, insurance companies, or other organizations. It does not include all the information on your driving record, but it can give you an idea of your overall driving history.
What is CVOR Driver’s Abstract?
A CVOR driver’s abstract is a report that shows a driver’s commercial motor vehicle operating record. It includes information on violations, accidents, and convictions. The CVOR system aims to improve road safety by providing information that can be used to assess a driver’s risk and safety performance.
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation maintains the CVOR system. Driver’s abstracts are available from the ministry or any authorized service provider.
What Information Appears on an Ontario Driving Record and Abstract?
Following is the list of things that appears on Ontario driving records and abstracts:
- Date of birth
- Driver identification details
- Driver’s licence number
- Class of licence
- Licence Status
- Endorsements and restrictions
- Issuing date of the driver’s licence
- The expiry date of the driver’s licence
- Renewal date of the driver’s licence
The driving record will also show a history of:
- Traffic violations
- Demerit points
- Cancelled or suspended licences
- Active fine suspensions
- Criminal code & highway traffic act convictions suspensions and reinstatements
Why Do You Need a Driver’s Abstract?
There are a few reasons why you might need a driver’s abstract. Let us take a look at each of these reasons:
You will need a driver’s abstract for employment purposes. This is because your potential employer will want to see your driving record to determine if you are a safe and reliable driver. Your driving record will show any accidents or traffic violations that you have been involved in, and this information can be used to help make a decision about whether or not to hire you.
You will need to provide a driver’s abstract when applying for vehicle insurance. The insurer will use your driver’s abstract information to help assess the risk of insuring you. Factors such as your driving history, accidents, and violations will be considered. You will likely receive more favorable rates if you have a clean driving record. Conversely, if you have a poor driving history, you may be charged higher premiums or even refused coverage altogether.
Driving Licence Application in a New Province
You will need to provide a driver’s abstract when you apply for a new driver’s licence in a new province. The requirements may vary slightly from province to province, but generally, you will be asked to submit a clean driving record from your previous province of residence. If you have any recent traffic violations or accidents, this may affect your ability to obtain a licence in the new province. Check with the local licensing authority for specific requirements.
Who Can Acess Your Driving History?
In Ontario, your driving history is kept on file by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO). This information is confidential and can only be accessed by certain individuals and organizations.
The police can access your driving history if they have a valid reason to do so. This may be done during an investigation or if you are pulled over for a traffic violation. The police may also request your driving history in order to determine if you are a suitable candidate for a position that requires a clean driving record.
In some cases, your employer may request your driving history from the MTO. This is usually done for positions that require employees to drive company vehicles or if your job involves operating heavy machinery. Your employer may also request your driving history if you are applying for a job that requires a clean driving record.
Insurance companies can request your driving history from the MTO. They will use this information to help determine your insurance rates. Insurance companies may also request your driving history if you are involved in an accident or make a claim.
The courts can access your driver record if you are facing charges for a traffic violation. The courts may also request your driving history if you are involved in an accident where someone is injured or killed.
What are Different Types of Driving Records?
Different types of driving records are available in Ontario, which includes:
3 Years Driving Record:
This record will show your convictions, suspensions, and cancellations for the past three years. It is usually requested by employers.
5 Years Driving Record:
This record will show your convictions, suspensions, and cancellations for the past five years. It is usually requested by the insurance companies to assess your risk level.
Driver Confirmation Letter:
This letter will show your current driving status, and it will also be used to confirm the address at which you are currently residing. It is used to apply for driving jobs outside of Ontario.
Driver’s Licence History:
Your driving record and any prior license replacements, renewals, or course changes will be listed here. This will give you an idea of how often you’ve had your license replaced or renewed.
Driver’s Licence Check:
A Driver’s Licence check in Ontario is a service provided by the Ministry of Transportation that allows you to check the status of your driver’s licence.
Extended Driver’s Record:
Like the previous 5-year period, the extended record includes your demerit point total and any convictions, penalties, or reinstatements under the Highway Traffic Act in the last three years. But there is a slight difference between the two. An extended driver’s record also carries the criminal code of Canada convictions irrespective of the timeframe.
Complete Driver’s Record:
A complete driver’s record in Ontario is a full account of your driving history, including any convictions or tickets. It is kind of a full package. It includes all the information that might appear on any of your driving records. It paints a fuller picture and is usually requested by insurance companies when they are of two minds on deciding your insurance premiums.
How You May Order a Driver’s Record in Ontario?
You may order a driver’s record in Ontario by mail, fax, or in person. Let us briefly see each of these methods:
You will need the following information to order your driving record online in Ontario:
- Your full name
- Your driver’s licence number
- Your date of birth
- Your credit card information (for payment)
To order your driving record online, visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation website and click on the “Order a Driving Record” link. On the next page, select the type of driving record you would like to order (e.g. 3-year history, 5-year history, etc.) and enter your personal information as required. Once you have completed all the fields, click on the “Submit” button to proceed with payment.
Your order will be processed in 15 business days and sent to your mailing address.
You will need to visit the nearest Service Ontario location with your payment ready. Once you’ve made the payment an uncertified record will be handed to you immediately. However, you will need to wait for 15 days for a certified record.
By Mail or Fax:
Ministry of Transportation
Information Services Office
Information and Data Retrieval Unit
87 Sir William Hearst Avenue
After you have paid with your credit card or via cheque, the record will arrive at your registered address in 15 days.
A driving record is an important document in Ontario. It is a record of your driving history, and it can be used to assess your risk level by insurance companies. You may order a driving record online, in person, or by mail. Be sure to have your payment ready when you order. Your driving record will arrive in 15 days.
We hope this article was helpful in providing information about driver’s abstracts and records in Ontario. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for reading!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a certified and uncertified record?
A certified record has been signed by a ministry official and can be used as legal proof of your driving history. An uncertified record is simply a printout of your driving history and cannot be used for legal purposes.
How do I get my Ontario driver’s abstract online?
You can get your Ontario driver’s abstract online by visiting the Ministry of Transportation website and clicking on the “Order a Driving Record” link. On the next page, select the type of driving record you would like to order (e.g. complete history, last five years, etc.) and enter your personal information as required. Once you have completed all the fields, click on the “Submit” button to proceed with payment. Your order will be processed in 15 business days and sent to your mailing address.
How much does a driver’s abstract cost in Ontario?
An uncertified driver’s abstract in Ontario costs $12.00. A certified driver’s abstract may cost up to $18.
How long does it take to get a driver abstract in Ontario?
It usually takes 15 business days to get a driver’s abstract in Ontario.
How long does it take to clear your driving record in Ontario?
Most convictions will stay on your driving record for at least three years. Some convictions, such as those for impaired driving, will remain on your record for longer. You may be able to have a conviction removed from your record if you complete a rehabilitation program.