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Driver's licences

 

Driver's licences

 

VALIDITY OF ITALIAN DRIVER’S LICENCES IN ONTARIO (CANADA)

In Ontario you are allowed to drive with a valid Italian driver’s licence for three months, following which a Canadian driver's licence is required. To obtain a Canadian driver's licence you must pass a driving exam (it is not possible to convert directly from an Italian driver’s licence to a Canadian one). In addition, you are allowed to drive in Ontario for up to one year with an international driver’s licence which may only be issued in Italy.

ISSUANCE OF A CANADIAN DRIVER'S LICENCE BASED ON A VALID ITALIAN ONE

The Canadian authority responsible for the issuance of driver’s licences in Ontario is the Ministry of Transportation.

For information please contact: Driver and Vehicle Licensing: 416-235-2999 o 1-800-387-3445 or refer to the webpages www.mto.gov.on.ca and www.drivetest.ca.

When switching from an Italian driver’s licence to a foreign one, it is often the case that the local authorities will request related information or certifications.The Ministero delle Infrastrutture e dei Trasporti (the Italian ministry of infrastructure and transportation) has highlighted certain practical issues in relation to both types of requests.

If a foreign government asks for a certification in relation to an Italian driver’s licence, the above mentioned Ministry has indicated that Consular offices cannot issue any such certification, given that only the central Italian authorities or one of the Uffici della Motorizzazione Civile (satellite driver and vehicle licensing offices) are authorized to do so.

Therefore, in order to obtain such a certification, it will be necessary for you to submit the applicable form to one of the aforementioned Offices, either in person or through a proxy (if you are unable to travel to Italy, you may use the services of an Agenzia pratiche auto (automobile documentation agency) or trusted person), together with documentation showing that related government fees owed have been paid (as required by law).

Given that the certification is not connected with your place of residency, nor with the Ufficio della Motorizzazione Civile (driver and vehicle licensing office) which issued your driver's licence, you may submit your request to any Ufficio della Motorizzazione Civile (driver and vehicle licensing office) in Italy.

In order to make the certification issued by the Italian Ufficio della Motorizzazione Civile (driver and vehicle licensing office) valid for use in Canada, it will be necessary to have the document legalized first by the Prefettura and then the Canadian Embassy in Italy. Once legalized, the certification must be translated into English by an ATIO translator (https://atio.on.ca/ ).

“CONVALIDA” OF A DRIVER’S LICENCE

An Italian driver’s licence, whether valid or expired, cannot be renewed, it can only be replaced with a new one. Driver’s licences which are about to expire (4 months) or expired by no more than 3 years, may be confirmed by this Consulate through a document known as “convalida”; said document will prevent your driver’s licence from becoming null and void until you are able to travel to Italy and apply for a new one. This service is available to you if you are registered in AIRE or if you can prove that you have been residing abroad for at least 6 months.

You may request the “convalida” document by emailing the required form (click modulo), duly completed and signed, to ancip.toronto@esteri.it, together with the documents listed below, which, once verified by this Consulate, you will be required to also send by mail as originals:

- copy of expired or expiring driver’s licence;

- proof of current address (Canadian driver’s licence, utility bill or recent bank statement);

- doctor’s certificate issued by one of the Consulate-approved physicians and no older than 3 months;

- if you are not registered in AIRE, copy of the entry stamp in your passport or airline ticket and proof of residency in this consular jurisdiction.

Once the “convalida” document is ready, you will be contacted to arrange for pick up or mailing, as well as for payment of consular fees.

ATTENTION: Please note that you will not be issued a new driver’s licence, nor will you be issued a certification of any sort, only a “convalida” document. A new driver’s licence, even in cases of theft/loss/damage, may be requested only from the relevant Ufficio della Motorizzazione Civile (driver and vehicle licensing office), depending on your Comune of residency (registration or AIRE):

- in person (even during a brief visit in Italy);

- through a proxy;

- using the services of an Agenzia pratiche auto (automobile documentation agency).

The person requesting the new licence will receive it by mail at their address in Italy, or it may be pick it up at the selected Agenzia pratiche auto (automobile documentation agency).

COVID-19: Due to the current health emergency, the Ministero delle Infrastrutture e dei Trasporti (ministry of infrastructure and transportation) has ordered the following:

- if driving in Italy only, driver’s licences issued in Italy, due to expire between January 31, 2020 and December 29, 2020 (inclusive), are automatically renewed until October 29, 2021; and those expiring between September 30, 2020 and June 30, 2021 (inclusive), are automatically renewed for an additional 10 months from their expiry date;

- for identification purposes, drivers licences issued in Italy, expiring between January 31, 2020 and April 29, 2021 (inclusive) are automatically renewed until April 30, 2021;

- if driving in one of the other EU member countries, driver’s licences issued in Italy, expiring between February 1, 2020 and May 31, 2020 (inclusive), are automatically renewed for 13 months from their expiry date; those expiring between September 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021 (inclusive) are automatically renewed for 10 months from their expiry date. Comparable provisions apply if driving in Italy with driver’s licences issued in other EU or EEA member states.


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