How to Get a Driver's License in Ontario

Every province in Canada maintains its own driver license program. Ontario has a graduated license program with several steps. A full license is called a G licence, while the graduated steps are referred to as your G1 and G2. Read on to learn how to get a license in Ontario.

Steps

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    Get your G1 license. You must:
    • Be at least 16 years old;
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    • Provide original proof of legal name, date of birth and signature;

    • Pass a vision test;
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    • Pass a written test of your knowledge of the rules of the road and traffic signs;
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    • Pay application fee.
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    Get your G2 license. This second step lasts at least 12 months. To get this you must:
    • Pass a driving test. This test deals with basic driving skills. You are required to bring your own vehicle to the test.
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    Get your full G license. To get this you must:
    • Pass a driving test. This test deals with advanced driving skills, including highway driving and parallel parking. You are required to bring your own vehicle to the test.
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    • Pay the test fee.

Tips

  • If you have an out-of-province or out-of-country license, you may be able to transfer some or all of your experience towards getting an Ontario licence.[1]

Warnings

  • The maximum length of time allowed between receiving your G1 license to receiving your full G license is 5 years. If you do not achieve a full G license within that time frame, you will be required to start over.
  • The restrictions for G1 drivers are:
    • Maintain a zero blood alcohol level while driving;
    • Be accompanied by a fully licensed driver, who has at least four years driving experience, and a blood alcohol level of less than .05 per cent, in case he/she needs to take over the wheel;
    • Ensure the accompanying driver is the only other person in the front seat;
    • Ensure the number of passengers in the vehicle is limited to the number of working seat belts;
    • Refrain from driving on Ontario's "400-series" highways or on high speed expressways such as the Queen Elizabeth Way, Don Valley Parkway, Gardener Expressway, E.C. Row Expressway and the Conestoga Parkway;
    • Refrain from driving between midnight and 5:00 a.m.
  • The restrictions for G2 drivers are:
    • Maintain a zero blood alcohol level while driving;
    • Ensure the number of passengers in the vehicle is limited to the number of working seat belts.
    • From midnight to 5 a.m., teen G2 drivers (19 or under) can carry only one passenger aged 19 or under for the first six months. After the first six months, and until the G2 driver earns a full G license or turns 20, they can carry up to three passengers aged 19 or under. This does not apply if the G2 driver is accompanied by a full "G" licensed driver (with at least four years driving experience) in the front seat, or if the passengers are immediate family members.

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