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Get an Ontario driver's license


Get an Ontario driver's license

If you live in Ontario and want to drive a vehicle, you must obtain a license from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation who is responsible for issuing driver's licenses and vehicle registration in the province. 


You are allowed to drive a vehicle if you are 16 years of age or older. You must pass a vision test to determine if your vision is adequate for driving. Ontario uses the "Gradual Licensing System". Under this system, novice drivers must progressively gain driving experience before obtaining a regular license with all rights.
To apply for a driver's license, you must show proof of your identity and date of birth (you must be 16 years of age or older). Go with the originals of your documents to a Driver's License Examination Center and complete the "Driver's License Application" form. Fees are required when you apply.

Your out-of-province driver's license can not be used more than 60 days after your arrival in Canada. You will be allowed to drive after this date only if you obtain an Ontario driver's license.

Ontario's graduated licensing system

In Ontario, new drivers must go through three stages to obtain a driver's license granting them all privileges. Here is the process in effect:

  1. First, you will need to obtain a G1 driver's license. To obtain a G1, you must pass a driving test that will prove that you know the rules of the road. The G1 permit is subject to a number of restrictions, such as the prohibition of driving on motorways or driving without the assistance of an experienced driver.
     
  2. After a period of 8 to 12 months, as applicable, you may take the G1 road test to prove that you have certain skills required of a driver. If you pass this exam, you will get the G2 license that gives you more privileges. For example, you will be allowed to drive without being accompanied.
     
  3. Finally, you must wait at least 12 months to be able to take the G2 Practice Test. Passing this exam will earn you the G Driver's License, with all the privileges

Driver's Licence Classification Chart

Class A. Allowed to drive any tractor–trailer combination. May also drive in class D and G

Class BAllowed to drive any school purposes bus. May also drive in class C, D, E, F and G

Class CAllowed to drive any regular bus. May also drive vehicles in class D, F and G.

Class DA motor vehicle exceeding 11,000 kilograms gross weight or registered gross weight or any truck or combination provided the towed vehicle is not over 4,600 kilograms. May also drive in class G

Class EAllowed to drive any school purposes bus - maximum of 24-passenger capacity
May also drive in class F and G

Class FAllowed to drive any regular bus - maximum of 24-passenger capacity - and ambulances
May also drive in class G

Class GAllowed to drive any car, van or small truck or combination of vehicle and towed vehicle up to 11,000 kilograms provided the vehicle towed is not over 4,600 kilograms. A pickup truck towing a house trailer exceeds 4,600 kilograms, but the total combined weight of the truck and trailer does not exceed 11,000 kilograms is deemed a Class G vehicle.

Class G1. Level One of graduated licensing. Holders may drive Class G vehicles with an accompanying fully licensed driver with at least four years driving experience. Subject to certain conditions.

Class G2. Level Two of graduated licensing. Holders may drive Class G vehicles without accompanying driver but are subject to certain conditions.

Class MAllowed to drive any motorcycles, including motor tricycles, limited-speed motorcycles (motor scooters) and motor-assisted bicycles (mopeds). Holders may also drive a Class G vehicle under the conditions that apply to a Class G1 licence holder.

Class M1. Level One of graduated licensing for motorcycles, including motor tricycles, limited-speed motorcycles (motor scooters) and motor-assisted bicycles (mopeds). Holders may drive a motorcycle under certain conditions.

Class M2. Level Two of graduated licensing for motorcycles, including motor tricycles, limited-speed motorcycles (motor scooters) and motor-assisted bicycles (mopeds). Holders may drive a motorcycle but only with a zero blood alcohol level. Holders may also drive a Class G vehicle under the conditions that apply to a Class G1 licence holder.

Class M with L condition. Holders may operate a limited-speed motorcycle or moped only.

Class M2 with L condition. Holders may operate a limited-speed motorcycle or moped only.

Class M with M condition. Holders may operate a motor tricycle only.

Class M2 with M condition. Holders may operate a motor tricycle only.

Requirements for driving in Ontario

If you live in Ontario, you must be at least 16 years old and have a valid Ontario driver's licence to drive in this province.

If you are a visitor to Ontario and want to drive while you are here, you must be at least 16 years old and have a valid driver's licence from your own province, state or country. If you are from another country and visiting Ontario for more than three months, you need an International Driver's Permit from your own country. If you are taking up residence, you must get an Ontario driver's licence.

If you are a new resident in Ontario and have a valid driver's licence from another province, state or country, you can use it for 60 days after you move to Ontario. If you become a resident of Ontario, you must get an Ontario driver's licence. Ontario has licence exchange agreements with every Canadian province and territory (including Canadian Forces Europe). Also with Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, the Isle of Man, Japan, Northern Ireland, Korea, Switzerland and the United States.