Obtain a G driver's license: beginner drivers.

The Ontario driver's license is a plastic card, tinted blue in color, which showcases personal identification details including your name, address, date of birth, photograph, and signature. It is imperative to note that this license bears an expiration date, and as a responsible driver, you are required to renew it before it reaches this date.

Driving in Ontario

In order to navigate the roads of Ontario, it is imperative to adhere to the following regulations:

  • Always ensure you have your valid driver's license in your possession.
  • Ensure that you possess a valid owner's permit, license plate, and adequate insurance coverage.
  • Exercise due diligence by observing all traffic laws and practicing safe driving habits.

Diverse License Types

Ontario has an extensive selection of 15 different license types, each catering to the specific requirements of operating different classes of vehicles. For the purpose of driving a car, van, or small truck, a G class license is mandatory.

It is of utmost importance to acknowledge that every license comes with its set of unique stipulations. To obtain a comprehensive list of licenses available in Ontario, please consult Ontario's complete license catalogue.

Application Process for Obtaining a Driver's License

If you wish to embark upon the application process for a driver's license in Ontario, you must satisfy the following conditions:

  • Age requirement: You must be at least 16 years old.
  • Vision test: Successfully pass an examination assessing your visual acuity.
  • Knowledge test: Successfully pass an assessment related to traffic regulations and road signs.

Upon successfully passing these rigorous examinations, you will receive a G1 license, aimed at beginner drivers, who must subsequently engage in extensive practice sessions in order to acquire the necessary driving skills and experience.

Where to Initiate the Application Process

To proceed with the application process and undergo the mandated knowledge tests, you may visit:

  • A DriveTest center, where appointments are not obligatory.
  • Alternatively, the ServiceOntario Bay and College location in downtown Toronto allows for appointments, ensuring a streamlined experience.

It is imperative that you bring along original identification documentation verifying your legal name and date of birth.

To easily locate a DriveTest center in your vicinity, please utilize the following link: Find a DriveTest center.

Valid Forms of Identification

For Canadian Citizens

  • Valid passport (Canadian or foreign)
  • Canadian Citizenship Card, accompanied by a photograph
  • Secure Certificate of Indian Status Card issued by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (issued on or after December 15, 2009)
  • Ontario Photo Card

For Permanent Residents

  • Permanent Resident (PR) Card
  • Record of Landing (IMM 1000)
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292), which must be presented alongside a valid passport from your country of origin
  • Ontario Photo Card

For Temporary Residents

  • Study Permit / Student Authorization (IMM 1442)
  • Work Permit / Employment Authorization (IMM 1442)
  • Visitor Record (IMM 1442)
  • Temporary Resident Permit (IMM 1442)
  • Refugee Status Claim (IMM 1434)
  • Acknowledgment of Intent to Claim Refugee Status (IMM 7703), accompanied by a photograph
  • Report Pursuant to the Immigration Act (IMM 1442), showcasing a photograph
  • Ontario Photo Card

To access a comprehensive overview of accepted identification documents, kindly refer to the following link:

Complete List of Accepted Documents.

Associated Fees

To embark on the process of obtaining a driver's license and successfully complete the knowledge test, certain fees will be required. It is advisable to consult the fee schedule to understand the applicable charges.

Preparing for the Knowledge Test

The Official Driver Handbook of Ontario serves as a valuable resource to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully navigate the knowledge test. This comprehensive handbook provides detailed insights into road rules and practical driving suggestions. This handbook can be obtained through various means:

  • Online purchase through ServiceOntario.
  • Direct acquisition from a DriveTest center, with cash being the accepted form of payment.
  • Available at a multitude of retail establishments.

Price: $14.95 plus applicable taxes.

To gain a preview of the Driver's Handbook, kindly follow this link: Preview the Driver's Handbook.

Purchase a copy online.

Drivers with a G2 License: 19 Years Old and Under

Between Midnight and 5 a.m.: During this time, you can only have one passenger in your car who is 19 years old or younger.

This restriction applies for the first six months of having your G2 license. After six months, you are allowed to have up to three passengers who are 19 years old or younger between midnight and 5 a.m.

However, there are exceptions to this rule. The restriction does not apply if:

  • You have a fully licensed driver in the car who has at least four years of driving experience.
  • Your passengers are immediate family members, such as a parent, sibling, or child.

G Road Test (G2 Exit Test)

The G Road Test is the second of two road tests that new drivers need to take.

Here are some important details regarding the G Road Test:

  • You can take the test after holding your G2 license for 12 months.
  • The test assesses more advanced driving skills, such as driving on a highway.
  • If you pass the test, you will receive a full G license.

To address the backlog of in-vehicle passenger road tests caused by COVID-19 restrictions and closures, the G Road Test has undergone temporary changes at full-time DriveTest centers and temporary road test locations. Part-time Travel Point locations will still offer the standard G Road Test.

Until further notice, the following elements will not be included in the G Road Test as they are already covered in the G2 Road Test:

  • Parallel parking
  • Roadside stops
  • 3-point turn
  • Driving in residential neighborhoods

However, the test will still cover all fundamental aspects, including:

  • Driving on major roads and expressways, including merging, maintaining appropriate speed and space, and signaling.
  • Executing turns, curves, and lane changes.
  • Navigating intersections.
  • Driving in business areas.

For more information about the content covered in the G Road Test, visit this link.

Consequences of Failing a G1 or G2 Road Test

If your G1 license is still valid: You have the opportunity to retake the road test.

If your G1 license has expired: You will need to start the process from the beginning and pay the test fees again.

If your G2 license is about to expire: You can retake your G1 road test in order to obtain an additional five years as a G2 license holder to complete the licensing process.

Procedure for Booking a Road Test

To book an appointment for a road test, you must provide the following information:

  • Your Ontario driver's license number, including the expiration date.
  • Your preferred location for taking the test.
  • Two alternative choices for the test location.
  • Your preferred date and time for the test.

You can book, cancel, or reschedule a road test appointment using any of the following methods:

  • Online
  • By calling 647-776-0331 or 1-888-570-6110
  • At any DriveTest Center

To avoid a cancellation fee, you must cancel a test at least 48 hours before your scheduled appointment.

To book a road test online, visit this website.

To find a DriveTest Center near you, visit this link.

For more information about the Road Test, refer to the Road Test Fact Sheet & Checklist available at this website.


Obtaining Your Ontario Driver's License (Episode 1: Getting Started)

To access the descriptive transcript for Episode 1 of "Getting Your Ontario Driver's License," click here.

Obtaining your Ontario Driver's License (Chapter 2: Embracing life in G1)

Detailed Transcript: Obtaining your Ontario Driver's License (Part 2)

Acquiring your Ontario Driver's License (Chapter 3: Unlocking the G2)

Detailed Transcript: Acquiring your Ontario Driver's License (Part 3)

Earning your Ontario Driver's License (Chapter 4: Mastering the G2 Road Test and Obtaining your Full License)

Detailed Transcript: Earning your Ontario Driver's License (Part 4)

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