Get your learner's permit (G) now!

The minimum age for obtaining a driver's license in Ontario is 16, and new drivers are expected to log many hours behind the wheel before being issued a license.

Your name, home address, DOB, photo, and signature can all be found on your blue plastic Ontario driver's license. The validity of the license will eventually run out. In order to keep using it, you must keep it current before its expiration date.

Ontario Highways

You must have the following in order to operate a motor vehicle in Ontario:

  • a valid driver's license should be carried at all times.
  • be in possession of a current owner's license, registration, and proof of insurance
  • please observe all traffic regulations and drive carefully.

Various Forms of Authorization

Ontario issues fifteen distinct licenses. Different licenses authorize you to operate a wide variety of motor vehicles. A G class licence is required to operate a car, van, or light truck.

All licenses have stipulations that must be met. Find all the permits you can get in Ontario here.

Start the process of getting a driver's license.

There are a few requirements in Ontario before you can apply for a driver's license.

  • be over the age of 16
  • fulfill the visual requirements
  • must demonstrate familiarity with road regulations and standard road signs via a test.

A G1 license is yours once you've passed the tests. You need to build up experience behind the wheel since you're just starting out as a driver.

When to Use It

Cognitive Assessment of Driving Skills

Click here to apply and take the pre-employment assessment tests:

  • an appointment-free DriveTest location
  • downtown Toronto's ServiceOntario office at Bay and College (by appointment only).

Valid photo identification with your full name and birth date must be presented.

Go to a DriveTest location.

Documents that can be used as proof of identity

Inhabitants of Canada

  • documentation of citizenship and/or nationality; passport (Canadian or foreign).
  • Picture Identity Card for Canadian Citizens
  • Certificate of Indian Status (issued after December 15, 2009 by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada) Secure ID Card
  • Photo ID from Ontario

People Who Will Be Living Here Forever

  • Valid Proof of Permanent Residency (PR) Card
  • A Landing Report (IMM 1000)
  • Permanent Residency Documentation (IMM 5292) and a Current Passport from Your Home Country
  • Image Card for Ontario

Guests in the Nation

  • License to Study / Student Authorization Form (IMM 1442)
  • Employment Permit / Work Visa (IMM 1442)
  • Log of Guests (IMM 1442)
  • Permission to Remain in the Country Temporarily (IMM 1442)
  • Case for Recognition as a Refugee (IMM 1434)
  • Statement of Purpose to Seek Recognition as a Refugee (IMM 7703)
  • Photographic Report Required by Immigration Law (IMM 1442)
  • Photo ID from Ontario

Review the complete set of approved paperwork here.


There is a cost associated with submitting an application for a license and taking the associated exam. Take a look at the price tag breakdown

Get your wits about you for the upcoming quiz

The Official Driver's Handbook for the Province of Ontario can help you study for the written exam. Rules of the road and helpful driving advice are discussed. The manual is for sale, and here's where to get it:

  • by using ServiceOntario's web portal
  • where applicable, at a DriveTest center (cash only)
  • sold in a wide variety of stores

Cost: $14 Roughly after applicable taxes

Look Inside the Driver's Manual

Get a hold of a copy by clicking here!

Stop by a DriveTest center or ServiceOntario Bay and College in Toronto.

Gradual Permitting for New Drivers

A G1 license is issued after successful completion of the vision and knowledge exams. In order to get your full G license, you must first:

  • complete the G1 and G2 courses
  • completed two road tests

The term "graduated licensing" is used to describe this method. It's meant to help new drivers gradually gain competence behind the wheel.

The entire procedure can take up to five years to complete. If you don't have your full G license after five years, you'll have to start all over.

G1 licence

With a G1 license, you're required by law to do the following:

  • sustain a BAC of 0 (no alcohol in your system at all times).
  • make sure that everyone in your car is using a working seatbelt.
  • not operate a motor vehicle between the hours of m
  • not take any highways in the 400-series or any high-speed expressways (e. g 401, QEW, Gardiner Expressway, Queen Elizabeth Way
  • ride along with a driver who possesses all of the following:
    • drive for a minimum of four years
    • blood alcohol content (BAC) below 05 (this person's blood alcohol content should be zero if they are under 21 years of age).

To comply with safety regulations, you and your driver are the only passengers allowed in the front seat. Anyone with an Ontario-licensed driving instructor can take their students on any road in the province.

To get your G1 license, you usually need to go through a 12-month period of practice.

Next level road test (G1 exit exam)

As a new driver, you'll need to pass this and another exam within a certain time frame.

  • After 12 months, you can take your first driving test with a G1 license.
  • Fundamentals of driving, such as:
    • swapping left and right
    • stopping
    • Doing So In A Parallel Fashion
    • directions only
    • Altering lanes
    • 360-degree pivots
    • urban driving vs. suburban driving
    • Stop signs, yield signs, and traffic lights
  • Successful candidates are awarded a G2 license.

If you take and pass a government-approved driver's education course, your first road test can be taken as soon as eight months after enrolling.

Programs in Ontario's Driving Academies

If you want to take the G1 road test sooner, you should enroll in a driving school that is approved to teach new drivers.

Institutions with official driving programs

Avoiding Unauthorized Driving Schools

G2 licence

A G2 license is issued to drivers who have already passed the G1 exam. After receiving your G2 license, you have 12 months to put it to use. Finally, you're an authorized driver!

  • without a second, more seasoned driver
  • on every street in Ontario
  • in most cases, at any time of the day

You still need to:

  • achieve a BAC of 0
  • transport no more people than the number of functional seatbelts.

However, if you're under the age of 19, there are further limitations.

All G2 drivers must be under the age of 19

Midnight to 5 a.m. m There can be no more than one passenger in your car who is younger than 19 years old.

For the first half of G2, this proviso is in effect. Six months after your permit has been issued, you may transport up to three minors younger than 19 between midnight and 5 a.m. m

Exceptions to this rule include:

  • You're riding with a professional driver who has been licensed for at least four years.
  • Your travel companions are members of your immediate family (e g relatives (e.g., a parent, sibling, etc.)

The G driving test (G2 exit)

As a new driver, this is the second of two road tests.

  • You need a G2 license and wait 12 months before taking the exam.
  • This exam evaluates more complex aspects of driving, such as g In the car, while cruising down the interstate
  • Successful candidates are awarded a Class G driver's license.

The G road test has been temporarily modified at both permanent DriveTest centres and temporary road test locations to help clear the backlog of in-vehicle passenger road tests caused by COVID-19 restrictions and closures. Normal G license exams will still be available at select Travel Point locations.

These topics, which are also covered in the G2 road test, will not be included in the G road test until further notice.

  • Doing So In A Parallel Fashion
  • Highway rest areas
  • 90-degree turn
  • traveling through residential areas

All the basics, including: will be on the test as usual.

  • Driving on freeways and other major roads, including merging, lane changes, speed management, and signaling.
  • Navigational alterations such as a change in lanes or a turn
  • intersections
  • business driving

Find out what is expected of you on the G road test.

When does a failed G1 or G2 road test result in a suspension of driving privileges?

You may take the driving test again if your G1 license has not yet expired.

If your G1 license has expired, you must retake the knowledge and skills tests as well as pay the associated fees.

Before your G2 license expires, you have the option of retaking the G1 test and gaining an additional five years to drive.

Scheduling a Driving Exam

Schedule a road test appointment by providing the following information:

  • Number and expiration date of your Ontario driver's license.
  • location preferences for exam day
  • alternate and fallback locations
  • time and date preferences

The following options are available for scheduling, canceling, and rescheduling your road test appointment:

  • online
  • call us up at 647-776-0331 or 1-888-570-6110
  • the DriveTest Centre, or any other location

If you need to cancel your exam, you must do so at least 48 hours in advance or you will be charged a fee.

Register for a driving exam online.

Seek out a DriveTest location near you.

Checklist and Fact Sheet for the Road Exam


How to Obtain a Driver's License in the Province of Ontario (Part 1)

How to Get Your Driver's License in Ontario (Part 1) - Detailed Transcript

Completing the G1 license requirements in Ontario (Part 2)

A descriptive transcript: How to Get Your Driver's License in Ontario (Part 2)

How to Get Your G2 License in Ontario (Part 3)

How to Get Your Driver's License in Ontario (Part 3) - Transcript

How to Pass the G2 Road Test and Get Your Full Driver's License in Ontario (Part 4)

Driving in Ontario: Obtaining Your License (Final Part) - Transcript

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