Each driver in Ontario starts out with a clean driving record and zero demerit points. Drivers’ convicted of driving-related offences have demerit points recorded on their records. Demerit points stay on your record for two years from the date of the offence. If you accumulate too many demerit points, your driver’s licence can be suspended.
You may also accumulate demerit points applied against your Ontario’s driver’s licence when you violate driving laws in:
- other Canadian provinces and territories;
- the State of New York; and
- the State of Michigan.
The consequences for accumulating too many demerit points will depend on whether you are a novice driver (G1, G2, M1 or M2) or a fully licenced G class driver. If you accumulate too many demerit points within a prescribed period your licence will be suspended.
As a Novice Class G1, G2, M1 or M2 driver, if you accumulate:
You will be sent a warning letter.
As a Novice Driver you will have your licence suspended for 30 days if you are convicted of a Highway Traffic Act offence that results in four or more demerit points or if you are subject to a court-ordered suspension for a Highway Traffic Act offence that would have otherwise resulted in four or more demerit points. Some of these offences may include but are not limited to Speeding 30-49 km/hr Over, Follow Too Closely, Fail to Stop for School Bus, Street Racing, Stunt Driving, Careless Driving, Fail to Stop for Police or Fail to Remain at the Scene of an Accident.
Your licence could be suspended or you may have to attend an interview to discuss your driving record. At this meeting, you will need to provide reasons why your licence should not be suspended. You will get a letter to notify you of the time, date and location of the meeting. If you do not attend, your licence could be suspended.
As a Novice Driver you will have your licence suspended if you accumulate nine or more demerit points during a two-year period. Your licence will be suspended for 60 days from the date you surrender it to the Ministry of Transportation. You can lose your licence for up to two years if you fail to surrender your licence. After the suspension, the number of points on your record will be reduced to four. If you reach nine points again, your licence may be suspended for six months.
As a fully licenced G Class driver, if you accumulate:
You will receive a warning letter recommending that you improve your driving skills.
You may have to go to an interview to discuss your record and give reasons why your licence should not be suspended. If selected for an interview, you will get a letter to notify you of the time, date and location of the meeting. You may also have to complete a driver re-examination. If you fail this test, your licence can be cancelled. If you fail to attend an interview, or fail to give good reasons for keeping your licence, your licence may be suspended.
Your licence will be suspended for 30 days from the date you hand over your licence to the Ministry of Transportation. After the suspension, the number of points on your driver’s record will be reduced to seven. Any extra points could again bring you to the interview level. If you reach 15 points again, your licence will be suspended for six months.
Driver’s Licence Suspension
When your licence is suspended, you will receive notice from the Ministry of Transportation. The notice will set out the date your suspension takes effect and the date you are required to surrender your licence. If you fail to surrender your licence, you can lose your licence for up to two years.
Driver's Licence Reinstatement
Once a driver's licence suspension has taken effect you must take appropriate action to have your driver's licence reinstated. There are a number of different options available to individuals who have had their driver's licence suspended due to default convictions and unpaid traffic ticket fines. These options include a reopening application, extension of time and/or appeal against conviction.
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