Ontario offers driver licence checks online

TORONTO (July 2, 1999) — Vehicle owners in Ontario will be able to use the Internet to check the validity of a driver’s licence.

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation is offering the service for $2 per licence check, payable by Visa or MasterCard. The site is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It provides access to all motor vehicle licences and indicates whether a licence is invalid (suspended, cancelled, or expired).

Site visitors are prompted to enter one or more licence numbers to check. Orders for up to nine licence checks will be processed immediately; results for more than 10 driver may take up to two hours. The results can be printed for the user’s records.

Vehicle owners can also obtain a driver’s abstract through one of MTO’s licence issuing offices or at a ServiceOntario kiosk. They can also check the validity of a licence by calling 1-900-565-6555 using a Touch Tone phone and keying in the driver’s licence. There is a $2.50 charge for each driver’s licence check. The cost will be applied to the caller’s phone bill.

The Ministry said improved access to a drivers’ records is related to tougher licence suspension regulations that took effect in February. Anyone apprehended driving while under a Criminal Code suspension will have the vehicle they are driving impounded for a minimum of 45 days. The owner of impounded vehicles will be responsible for paying all towing and storage costs.

The MTO site address is www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/dandv/check.htm.

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