Checking the Validity of a Driver's Licence

If you are about to lend or rent your vehicle to another person, you should check whether the person's driver's licence is valid and bears the appropriate class for the type of vehicle to be driven. Otherwise, your vehicle could be seized and impounded.

If you lend or rent your vehicle to another person

You are responsible for ensuring that that person holds a valid driver's licence that bears the appropriate class of licence for the type of vehicle to be driven.

Warning

It is not enough to simply inspect the licence

A visual check does not allow you to find out if the licence has been revoked or suspended, or whether the holder has paid the renewal fees.

In terms of insurance…

Insurers allow you to lend your vehicle so long as the person using it has a valid driver's licence that bears the appropriate class for the type of vehicle to be driven. It is therefore better to check first!

If you lend or rent your vehicle to an individual who does not hold a valid driver's licence

  • Your vehicle could be seized and impounded immediately for 30 days. Should that happen, you will be required to pay the towing and impoundment fees.
  • The person driving your vehicle without a valid licence or during a period when their licence was revoked or suspended is liable to a fine of $600 to $3,000, as well as additional fees.

To check the validity of a driver's licence

Individuals and businesses

If you want to check the validity of more than 5 licences:

  • we recommend that you submit a request by email. There is a $1.65 fee per licence for the first 5 licences and a $0.25 fee for any additional licences.
Useful information

Checking the validity of a driver's licence

Information provided

  • The validity of the driver's licence
  • The class or classes associated with the driver's licence
  • Whether the licence has any restrictions, such as conditions I, W, X or Y

Undisclosed information

For reasons of confidentiality, no names, addresses or other personal information concerning the driver's licence holder are released, and the reason why a driver's licence is not valid is not disclosed.

For more information about a person's driving record, you are required to submit a driving record request.