Driving school operators who operate a driving school with in-vehicle instruction must obtain a licence.
Sole proprietorships (individuals), partnerships or corporations.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
All applications must include two pieces of government-issued identification:
AND one of the following:
If you are applying as a corporation, please submit:
If you are applying as a designate for a corporation, please submit all corporation requirements as well as an original letter advising of signing authority on corporation letterhead, signed by a director of the corporation and dated within 30 days.
You are required to display a roof sign or sign with Name, Address and Telephone Number on the front and back, which is visible from a distance of 15 meters (approx. 50 feet).
Applicants will be provided information outlining the streets/areas where driving instruction is prohibited.
You can apply for a new business licence online or in-person.
Save yourself time and apply online. Please have all required documents ready to upload before starting the application, as it requires 10-15 minutes to complete and cannot be saved. Download a step by step guide on how to submit a new application. Licence application fees can be paid online or by sending a cheque.
If you have already submitted an application you may upload additional documents using your upload token.
You must book an appointment at the Licence and Permit Issuing Office, 850 Coxwell Avenue, 3rd Floor. Walk-ins will not be accepted.
Please arrive 10-15 mins early to ensure you are on time for your appointment. If you are late, you may be asked to re-book for another day and time, subject to availability.
You must bring a completed application, photo ID and hard copies of the required documents.Digital copies of documents will not be accepted.
Payment can be made by debit, credit or cheque. Cash will not be accepted.
Application fee: $158.71
Licence fee: $342.22
Total fee (Application fee + Licence fee): $500.93
After a completed application is submitted, staff will obtain a copy of the applicant’s driving record abstract: a three year driving history recorded by the Ministry of Transportation. This record may also be supplied by the applicant, but should be less than 30 days old.
This record, along with other documents submitted, will determine whether there are concerns with the applicant obtaining a licence.
ML&S shall deny an application for, or a renewal for any business, trade or calling for which a vehicle and it’s driver are licenced or required to be licenced by the City under this Chapter and for which a licencesee is required to hold a valid provincial driver’s licence under this Chapter where the licensee or applicant has:
Despite these screening criteria, if a licence has been previously issued or renewed and the applicant’s or licensee’s record discloses no new breach of the screening criteria, the licence may be issued or renewed without the matter being referred to the Toronto Licensing Tribunal.
These screening criteria do not apply to any offence for which a licensee or applicant has been granted a criminal record suspension (i.e. a pardon) by the Parole Board of Canada.
Your licence will expire annually on the anniversary of the date that the licence was first issued. A renewal notice, identifying any documents required to renew the licence, will be mailed to the address on file.
The renewal fee is $346.11
Existing licensees must renew their licences online. Licence renewal fees can be paid online or by sending a cheque.
Please have all required documents ready to upload before starting the renewal, as it requires 10-15 minutes to complete and cannot be saved. Download a step by step guide on how to renew a licence or permit.
If you fail to renew your licence according to the bylaw, your licence will be cancelled and you will have to reapply.