Individuals can obtain a licence through one of the following methods:
- In person
- Visit an operating AGCO Racetrack Licensing Office and complete an application with an AGCO Horse Racing Licensing Agent.
- By Mail
- Download the applicable licensing form(s);
- Mail the completed application form(s) to the AGCO Head Office, accompanied by the appropriate licensing fee to:
Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario
90 Sheppard Avenue E, Suite 200
Toronto ON, M2N 3A1
Attn: Licensing & Registration – Horse Racing
- By Fax or Email
- Download the applicable licensing form(s);
- Fax the completed application form(s) to the AGCO Head Office at 416-326-5555 Attn: “Horse Racing” OR
- Scan and email the completed application form(s) to the AGCO Head Office at: email@example.com;
- Fees can be paid by Visa or Mastercard over the phone with AGCO Head Office at 416-326-0863.
Where can I go to get my AGCO Horse Racing Licence Card?
AGCO horse racing licences are used as verification of identification and licence status at Ontario racetracks. They are also used, by applicable licensees, to gain access to the secure areas of racetrack facilities. AGCO Horse Racing Licence Cards require a photo of the licensee to be taken and are only issued to licensees in person. You can have your photo taken and AGCO Horse Racing Licence Card issued at an AGCO Racetrack Licensing Office.
AGCO Racetrack Licensing Offices are located at every racetrack across the province and are open on race days. Please check the hours of operation of the AGCO Racetrack Licensing Office to confirm availability of Horse Racing Licensing Agents. Horse racing licences can also be obtained at AGCO Head Office, located in Toronto; please call ahead to setup an appointment.
EFFECTIVE JUNE 1, 2016: The hours of operation at Woodbine - 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For Wednesday thoroughbred racing
What should I bring with me to complete the horse racing licence application process?
- Personal details and information to complete the application form(s), including birthdate, address and emergency contact information.
- Picture Identification (i.e. Ontario Drivers Licence).
- Standardbred Canada or USTA Licence Number (if applicable).
- Certain categories of licence may require the submission of additional documentation or certification.
For information on category requirements see: Types of Licences
When and how do I renew my AGCO Horse Racing Licence?
Standardbred licences for an individual expire on the individual’s birthdate and must be renewed before that date for the licence to stay active. Standardbred licences for Stable Names (including Corporations) expire on December 31st of the calendar year and must be renewed before that date for the licence to stay active.
Renewal forms for individuals who hold a Standardbred licence are mailed out as a courtesy, however it is the licensee’s responsibility to ensure their licences are renewed by the expiry date(s). Renewal applications can be made by following either of the methods described above.
Thoroughbred licences expire on March 1st of the calendar year. Licences related to ownership, as the exception, expire on March 31st of the calendar year. Renewal applications can be made by following any of the methods described above, but note that Thoroughbred licensing is only available at operating Thoroughbred racetracks and AGCO Head Office.
Quarter Horse licences also expire on March 1st of the calendar year. Licences related to ownership, as the exception, expire on March 31st of the calendar year. Renewal applications can be made by following any of the methods described above, but note that Quarter Horse licensing is only available at Ajax Downs, operating Thoroughbred racetracks and AGCO Head Office.
Who can I contact if I have questions or require assistance?
Questions about licensing or requests for assistance can be directed to the AGCO Head Office horse racing licensing staff during office hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
By phone: 416-326-8700
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions can also be directed to the AGCO Horse Racing Licensing Agents at operating racetracks during hours of operation.
Definitions of Licensing Status
In Good Standing
There are no outstanding issues regarding the licensee.
The licence is no longer valid for a specific length of time, ranging from days to years. If the suspension is longer than the expiry date of the licence, the licensee must reapply to be licensed when the suspension is finished.
The licence is no longer valid and the individual cannot reapply to the AGCO for a licence for 2 years from the date of revocation.
The application to become a licensee is not granted. The individual cannot reapply for a licence until 2 years from the date of refusal.