Obtain a new health insurance card

Find out what you need to know about renewing your Ontario health card. To be eligible for OHIP benefits in Ontario, you must present a valid card. Health card renewal is now possible online. It is possible to renew your Ontario health card online by presenting a valid

Find out what you need to know about renewing your Ontario health card. To be eligible for OHIP benefits in Ontario, you must present a valid card.

Health card renewal is now possible online.

It is possible to renew your Ontario health card online by presenting a valid driver's license as proof of identity and current Ontario residency. If your driver's license is also due for renewal, you can take care of that business at the same time.

Your health care card may be renewed online if you are eligible.

Be sure you have:

  1. current medical identification card
  2. driver's license that is currently valid (not revoked, suspended, or expired).
  3. a credit or debit card (Visa, Mastercard, or Interac® Online) for the renewal fee (if you're also renewing your driver's license).
  4. equipment for printing out short-term records

Submit a valid driver's license for renewal.

Please remember to get the temporary document(s) from the website, print them out, and keep them on you at all times.

Renew with your Ontario Identification Card photo.

An Ontario Photo Card is required to renew your health card online.

The renewal of your health care card may be done online if you first verify your eligibility.

Be sure you have:

  1. current copy of your medical insurance card
  2. your valid (and not-yet-cancelled) Ontario photo ID card.
  3. equipment for printing out a draft of your document

Validate your Ontario Photo Card renewal online.

Keep in mind that you must save the temporary document to your computer, print it out, and keep it on you at all times.

Get on the list for electronic prompts
Do not lose track of your renewal date.

If you'd like to be notified via email, text message, or phone call when it's time to renew your health card, you can do so for free here.

Take the following with you to the center:

If your Ontario health card is already expired and/or you have been out of the province for more than 7 months in the last 12-month period, you may be asked to provide additional documentation to prove Ontario is your primary place of residence.

Seek out a ServiceOntario location near you.

It's possible that you could schedule a visit in advance.

Incomplete signatures or those that include "add-on statements" or illustrations will not be honored. You will need to resubmit a signature that has been accepted before your new health card will be issued.

Add-ons like the ones listed below are not permitted.

  • In a formal declaration, I state: "I hereby certify that..."
  • Lacking bias,..."
  • "No license granted per..."
  • "Landless Freedom Fighter"
  • Sovereign Individuals
  • ©
  • ®

It costs nothing to renew an Ontario health card.

In about 4–6 weeks, you should receive the updated card in the mail.

It is possible to renew your child's health card by mail if they are under the age of 15 and 12. Your next steps will be outlined in the renewal notice you recently received in the mail.

Personal Renewal is Required

Please bring three original documents from the Ontario Health Coverage Document List if your child's renewal notice instructs you to do so:

  • new evidence of your child's citizenship or immigration status (like an Ontario birth certificate).
  • one to show that you are a legal resident of Ontario (like a driver's license).
  • an identifying one (like a credit card)

A full inventory of all acceptable documentation is provided below.

Remember that your kid can go anywhere without you.  

Forgot to Remind Me to Renew

Reprints of the renewal form can be printed if you've misplaced the original.

Send a replacement copy of the form in a plain envelope to the following address if your original return envelope was misplaced:

ServiceOntario
PO Box 48
K7L 5J3 Kingston, Ontario

If you are over 15 and a half years old, you must renew your Ontario health card in person.

Those interested in Ontario health coverage should bring in two original documents to a ServiceOntario location, including:

  • one to show that you're a legal resident of Ontario (like a driver's license from that province).
  • one that can be used to establish your identity (like a credit card)

In addition to your current health card, you may be asked to provide additional documentation of your citizenship or immigration status if it has changed since you first received your health card.

A health card can usually be renewed by mail. The renewal notice will specify whether or not this choice is currently open to you.

Renewal must be done in person.

Those whose renewal notices instruct them to do so must do so in person at a ServiceOntario location.

Please bring in two originals, selected from the following Ontario Health Coverage Document List items:

  • one to show that you are a legal resident of Ontario (like a driver's license).
  • something to establish your identity (like a credit card).

Also, remember to bring your most up-to-date proof of Canadian citizenship or immigration status if it has changed since you last renewed your health card.

A forgotten nudge to renew

You can reprint the renewal form if you misplaced your reminder.

If you are unable to locate the original return envelope, you may send a replacement copy of the form in any plain envelope.

ServiceOntario
PO Box 48
Location: Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 5J3

ServiceOntario will send your new health card and original documents via mail once your renewal has been processed.

Mail-in health card renewals for people with medical exemptions can be learned about by calling ServiceOntario.

Test of virtual consultations

To renew health cards, ServiceOntario has launched a new virtual appointment service.

To avoid having to travel to a ServiceOntario location, you can now schedule a "virtual appointment" to renew your health card over the phone or online.

If you want to renew your health card from the comfort of your own home, you can schedule a virtual appointment by calling ServiceOntario.

  • medical identification card that does not require a photo or signature, or
  • If you're 80 or older when your health insurance card expires, you'll be eligible for a replacement.

Inquire About Modifications For People With Disabilities

Accessibility to our services is a top priority for ServiceOntario.

Two or three days before your scheduled arrival, please let us know what kind of assistance you'll need. To determine the best form of assistance for you, we will consult with you. A sign language interpreter is one example of this.

If you need to get in touch with us, you can either give us a call or shoot us an email.

  • 416-314-5518
  • For free assistance, dial (866)532-3161.
  • You can call us at no cost to you at 1-800-387-5559 if you use a text telephone.

If you fall into one of the following categories, you must visit a ServiceOntario location to have your picture taken:

  • A new white and red health card is being issued to you.
  • This picture is at least 10 years old.
  • On this day, you turn the ripe old age of 16!
  • You've decided to renew by visiting the office in person.
  • Incorporating a new moniker into your identity
  • Mail from ServiceOntario has arrived with an important notice for you.
  • Find out what to do if your health card is lost, stolen, or damaged so you can get a new one.

If you meet the following criteria, you may be able to renew your health card online:

  • an official Ontario Health Card with a photograph
    • will run out in the next 90 days or will have run out on or after December 1, 2019 and
    • photographs and signatures are current
    • maintains a current mailing address on file with ServiceOntario
      • If you have recently changed your address with ServiceOntario, you will not be able to renew your health card online for 90 days.
  • proof of identity and eligibility to operate a motor vehicle in the form of a current, valid driver's license
    • lacks a pause, cancellation, or end date
    • doesn't need to be tested
    • pictures and signatures are current
    • current mailing address on file with ServiceOntario
  • or a current, uncanceled Ontario Photo Card

You must renew your health card in person at a ServiceOntario location and provide a new photo if you are between the ages of 75 and 80. You can also renew your health card by mail if you are 80 or older. Researching the renewal processes for health cards and driver's licenses for people over the age of 80 is a good idea.

Monday, January 25, 2023
Date of Publication: 2/2/2020
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