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Exchanging a Foreign Licence 

sl76
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Posted On: 6/2/2015
sl76
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Hello,

I'm a Canadian citizen currently living in South Korea. My family and I are planning on moving to Toronto in July. Both of my sons are Canadian citizens but my wife is a Korean citizen. Due to circumstances, we will need to apply for her permanent residency after we arrive.

I know that licenses from Korea can be exchanged for Ontario licenses, but I was wondering if my wife would be able to exchange hers while we wait for her permanent residency status. Is there a certain visa that she could get while waiting for her PR that would allow her to exchange her license?

Thank you
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Posted On: 6/4/2015
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Hello,

Thank you for sharing your situation and question with us.

You can find some information regarding what is required in order to exchange her licence on the DriveTest website.

Here is an excerpt,

Documentation Requirements

Current, valid full class drivers licence with documentation to satisfy all three (3) identification requirements.*

If the licence is expired for less than one year (Korean driver’s licences are valid for one year from the second date of the aptitude test period indicated on the licence), an original Letter of Confirmation from the Korean Consulate or Korean Transport Authority (National Police Agency of the Republic of Korea) is required.

Documents presented must be original, translated into English or French by a Ministry approved translator or the Korean Consulate.

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*Proof of legal name, date of birth (must state the day, month and year of birth), and signature.


Regarding the three (3) identification requirements, you can find some information on the DriveTest website in the Acceptable Identity Documents section.

Here is an excerpt,

To apply for an Ontario Driver’s Licence you will be required to show proof of your legal name, date of birth (must state the day, month and year of birth) and signature*. Documents must be original and valid. Copies, including certified copies, are not acceptable unless noted in the lists below.


I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

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Anna
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