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Understanding demerit points


Demerit points are added to your driver’s licence, if you are convicted of breaking certain driving laws. The rules are different depending on if you are a new driver or have a full licence. This information will explain how the demerit points system works.


On this page


1. How demerit points work

2. How demerit points are applied

3. Penalties for demerit points

4. Penalties for demerit points: new drivers

5. To surrender your licence

6. After your suspension is over

7. Out-of-province demerit points



How demerit points work


You don’t “lose” demerit points on your driving record. You start with zero points and gain points for being convicted of breaking certain traffic laws.


Demerit points stay on your record for two years from the offence date. If you collect enough points, you can lose your driver’s licence.


You can also get demerit points on your Ontario’s driver’s licence when you violate driving laws in:



What happens if I get out-of-province demerit points?



How demerit points are applied


The number of points added to your driving record depends on the offence. Here are the number of points that will be recorded for certain violations.


7 demerit points will be added if you are convicted of:



6 demerit points will be added if you are convicted of:



5 demerit points will be added if you are convicted of:



4 demerit points will be added if you are convicted of:



3 demerit points will be added if you are convicted of:



2 demerit points will be added if you are convicted of:



More about demerit points in Ontario



Penalties for demerit points


The consequences for gaining demerit points depend on how many you have added to your driving record.


As a driver with a full licence, if you have:


2 to 8 points:


You will be sent a warning letter.


9 to 14 points:


Your licence could be suspended. 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.


If you have to attend an interview, you will get a letter (Notice of Interview) to notify you of the time, date and location of the meeting. If you do not attend, your licence could be suspended.


The fee for a demerit point interview is $50 and must be paid in person at any ServiceOntario Centre. You can pay the fee when you receive the Notice of Interview or within 10 business days of attending the interview. Failure to pay the interview fee will result in the cancellation of your driver’s licence.


15+ points:


Your licence will be suspended for 30 days.


When your licence is suspended, you will get a letter from the Ministry of Transportation. It will tell you the date your suspension takes effect and that you need to surrender your licence.


If you do not surrender your licence, you can lose your licence for up to two years.



Penalties for demerit points: new drivers


You are considered a novice – or new – driver if you have a G1, G2, M1, M2, M1-L or M2-L licence. As a new driver, you face different consequences for adding demerit points.


As a new driver, if you have:


2 to 5 points:


You will be sent a warning letter.


6 to 8 points:


Your licence could be suspended. 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.


If you have to attend an interview, you will get a letter (Notice of Interview) to notify you of the time, date and location of the meeting. If you do not attend, your licence could be suspended.


The fee for a demerit point interview is $50 and must be paid in person at any ServiceOntario Centre. You can pay the fee when you receive the Notice of Interview or within 10 business days of attending the interview. Failure to pay the interview fee will result in the cancellation of your driver’s licence.


9 or more points:


Your licence will be suspended for 60 days.


When your licence is suspended, you will get a letter from the Ministry of Transportation. It will tell you the date your suspension takes effect and that you need to surrender your licence.


If you do not surrender your licence, you can lose your licence for up to two years.



Escalating Penalties


If you are a novice driver and have committed an offence resulting in demerit points, you may also receive a licence suspension or cancellation under Ontario’s escalating penalties program.


All drivers face penalties if they violate the laws of Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act. Novice drivers can also receive “escalating” penalties – consequences that get stiffer with each similar offence – for breaking certain laws.


Escalating penalties can apply if you are:



For a first offence: your driver’s licence is suspended for 30 days.


For a second offence: your driver’s licence is suspended for 90 days.


For a third offence: you will lose your novice licence. You will need to re-apply for your licence and start all over, taking all tests and paying all fees. You will also lose any time discount you earned, any time you were credited, and any fees you have paid.



To surrender your licence


You can surrender a licence two ways:



Ministry of Transportation

Driver Control Section

77 Wellesley Street West, Box 671

Toronto, Ontario

M7A 1N3


You cannot surrender a suspended licence at DriveTest centres.



After your suspension is over


You may need to take your vision, written and road tests again. If you pass your tests, two things will happen:




These points will stay on your licence for two years. Any new points added to your record could bring you back for an interview.


If you reach too many points again, your licence will be suspended for another 6 months.



Out-of-province demerit points


If you have been convicted of a driving offence in another Canadian province, the State of New York or Michigan, demerit points will be added to your driving record just as if the offence happened in Ontario.


Traffic offences outside Ontario that will add demerit points:



Criminal offences outside Ontario that will result in a suspension:




How to get a licence reinstated.



Other Ways to Lose Your Licence

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