HOW DO I KNOW IF MY LICENSE HAS BEEN SUSPENDED?
By Jonathan van Ekelenburg
If you receive a license suspension as the result of a conviction at court, you will be informed of that suspension by the court upon receiving the conviction at trial. If you have a representative appearing for you, it is their responsibility to inform you of any license suspensions that come as the result of a conviction.
If, however, you receive a license suspension because of unpaid fines or a build-up of demerit points, you will be sent a letter from the Ministry of Transportation (MTO). This means it is very important to keep your mailing address updated with the MTO, as they will use the address on your driver’s license for such kind of important notifications. The Ministry considers it your responsibility to keep them updated on your mailing address, and they will not lift the suspension if they are given this as an excuse.
You should be careful to keep track of your driving record and be aware of any potential you might have for a license suspension. If you know you’ve had lots of demerit points build up, or have several tickets that remain unpaid, it would be a good idea to contact the Ministry to obtain a copy of your driving record and find out how close you are to a suspension. The more diligent you are, the less of a chance you’ll have of accidentally driving while your license is suspended.
Read more about License Suspensions:
- How Can a Driver's License Be Suspended?
- Driving While Under Suspension
- How Can a License Suspension Affect My Insurance Rates?