A timely, reliable and affordable way for bus companies and transit systems to confirm at regular intervals that their bus drivers hold a valid licence.

Developed with the support of: 

Bus Driver Licence Status Check is a service provided by the Ontario Motor Coach Association (OMCA) for the benefit of Ontario’s bus industry.  OMCA is approved by MTO as an authorized requester to allow access to driver database information.

Why Subscribe?

A visual inspection of each driver’s licence is not enough! Nor is obtaining an MTO driver abstract once or twice a year. A driver’s licence status can change at any moment.  Driver licences can become invalid for a number of reasons, including, cancellation, downgrade, suspension or ignition interlock restriction.

A driver with an invalid licence can cost your organization:

  • Insurance companies won’t cover vehicle damage
  • Your bus can be impounded for 7 to 45 days if the driver is caught driving while suspended
  • The safety and security of your passengers are at risk if a driver is downgraded or suspended for a medical reason, criminal code conviction or poor driving
  • Exposure to fines, CVOR points and costly civil litigation in the case of an accident or incident

Protect your organization against:

  • Uninsured losses
  • HTA convictions and CVOR points
  • Roadside impoundment of your bus
  • Embarrassment and loss of customer confidence
  • Negative media attention
  • Civil lawsuits

One MTO status check every three months with immediate feedback

For just pennies per driver per day, subscribers will have peace of mind that their bus drivers hold a valid licence of the proper class and endorsement.  Subscribers will also enjoy savings on MTO 3-year detailed driver abstracts which can be ordered and delivered electronically through our system at any time throughout the year.

How it works:

The bus company submits electronically to OMCA (via secure password-protected website) a driver roster listing driver licence number, class and “Z” endorsement (if applicable).  Once every three months, OMCA submits the licence numbers to MTO for a licence status check.  MTO sends the results back to OMCA where they are electronically analyzed for discrepancies. Discrepancies (“hits”) are flagged and the bus company is immediately notified by e-mail which of their drivers has been flagged for a licence status discrepancy.  The bus company can then investigate the drivers to resolve the discrepancy, or subscribers can order (with overnight delivery) an MTO detailed driver abstract for the affected drivers at a lower price than the normal MTO abstract fee.


To register your interest in becoming a subscriber to the Bus Driver Licence Status Check service, please click here!

  • Quarterly driver licence status check (4 per year) – $5.20 per driver per year plus HST
  • MTO 3-year detailed driver abstract (on demand) – $10.00 each plus HST


OMCA has entered into an Agreement with the Ministry of Transportation (“MTO”), pursuant to which the OMCA may obtain, on behalf of its Members and Members of School Bus Ontario (SBO) and the Ontario Public Transit Association (OPTA), Drivers Licence Information and driver’s abstracts from the MTO. The Driver’s Licence Information consists of the licence number, and the status, class, condition(s) and applicable endorsement on the licence. OMCA, OPTA and SBO Members have expressed a need to be able to confirm the driver’s licence status, and to obtain driver’s abstracts, for their own drivers, on a periodic basis, for reasonable cost. OMCA has developed a service whereby a Member of the above associations provides the driver’s licence numbers, class, condition(s) and any endorsement, for its drivers to OMCA and OMCA submits this information to MTO. On a quarterly basis MTO will provide to OMCA a status report for all drivers’ licence numbers submitted, and OMCA advises the Members of any discrepancies between the information the Member provided and the information received from MTO (“the service”). OMCA cannot independently verify the accuracy of the Driver’s Licence Information it receives from MTO.

OMCA MAKES EVERY EFFORT TO ENSURE A RELIABLE AND ACCURATE SERVICE TO SUBSCRIBERS. OMCA DOES NOT WARRANT OR GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED PURSUANT TO THIS SERVICE. OMCA DOES NOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY FOR ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS, INJURY, LOSS OR DAMAGE WHATSOEVER INCURRED BY THE USE OF OR RELIANCE ON THE INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THIS SERVICE. Notwithstanding subscribing to this service, Members and their drivers remain fully responsible for complying with all the requirements of, including, but not limited to, the driver licensing requirements of the Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. H8. Members remain fully responsible for complying with the requirements of all privacy laws, including, but not limited to, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, S.C. 2000, c.5.