Province launches online driver’s licence renewal

James McLeod jmcleod@thetelegram.com
Published on February 10, 2016

You can now renew your driver’s licence without putting on pants.

Service NL Minister Eddie Joyce announced Wednesday that effective immediately, people can go online and renew their licence instead of going to the trouble of schlepping into Motor Vehicle Registration, getting a ticket and waiting for your number to be called.

“These improvements in renewing driver’s licenses are convenient, and should save a lot of people a lot of time and a lot of travel,” he told reporters.

Instead of refreshing your photo on your driver’s licence every five years, people will only have to come in for a new picture once every 10 years.

According to the government, between 50,000 and 60,000 people visit Motor Vehicle Registration every year to renew their licence, and hopefully that number will be cut in half by instituting the new online system.

Joyce said setting up the system cost about $268,000, all told. He said right now there’s no plan for immediate layoffs at Motor Vehicle Registration, though.

“There's no cost savings, we're just looking more at convenience,” he said.

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N.L. to offer online driver's licence renewals

The Newfoundland and Labrador government will now renew driver's licences online, and allow people to keep their photo ID for 10 years, Service NL Minister Eddie Joyce announced Wednesday.

Joyce said this will save people hassle and travel, especially in rural areas.

Joyce said even though this move is anticipated to cut the number of visitors to Motor Vehicle Registration in half, there are no anticipated cost savings, and no layoffs planned.

The government says currently between 50,000 and 60,000 visit a Motor Vehicle Registration office each year for driver's licences and renewals.

Related link: http://www.servicenl.gov.nl.ca/online_services/drive.html