Ontario Driving License

Steps to get your Driving License in Ontario

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As of April 1, 1994, all new Ontario drivers applying for their first car or motorcycle license enter Ontario’s Graduated Licensing System (GLS).

New Canadian drivers earn full driving privileges in two stages and have five years to complete the program.

Stage 1

  • A new Canadian driver must hold a Class G1Ontario license for a minimum of 12 months before attempting the road test. This time can be reduced to eight months if you successfully complete a Ministry-approved Beginner Driver Education Course
  • After 12 months of prohibition-free driving, you qualify to take your first road test—the Class G1 which deals with basic driving skills.
  • To obtain an Ontario driver’s license, you must be 16 years old. If under 19, bring your parent or legal guardian to sign for your application

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Stage 2

  • For the Class G2 (stage 2) some of the learner’s (L) license stage restrictions are removed.
  • You must pass two road tests to become fully licensed. Passing the first road test lets you move to Level Two (Class G2) and the second one gives you full Class G driving privileges. Level two road test deals with more advanced knowledge and driving skills.

What to bring to the test center:

  • When applying for an Ontario driver’s license for the first time you must present proof of identity. If you are under 19 years of age you will need to provide a signed parental consent (proof of legal guardianship must be provided if a guardian signs), unless you are married and have proof.
  • All new Ontario license applicants must provide at least one original-primary identification document showing your legal name and birth date.

Bring the following items to the test:

  • 2 pieces of identification
  • Money for test fees – cash, debit or credit card
  • Glasses or contact lenses (if you need to wear them to drive)
  • Vehicle in good working order
  • Money for test fees (if applicable)
  • Glasses or contact lenses (if you need to wear them to drive)
  • Beginner Driver Education Student Record (if licensed between 8 and 12 months)

Primary identification document

Photocopies are not acceptable

  • Passport (Canadian or foreign)
  • Canadian Citizenship Card with photo
  • Permanent immigration documents
  • Permanent Resident Card (PRC) or
  • Record of Landing (Form 1000) or
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (Form IMM 5292)
  • Temporary immigration documents
  • Student Authorization (IMM 1442)
  • Employment Authorization(IMM 1442)
  • Visitor Record (IMM 1442)
  • Temporary Resident’s Permit (IMM 1442)
  • Refugee Status Claim (IMM 1434)
  • Acknowledgement of Intent to Claim Refugee Status (IMM 7703 with photo)
  • Report Pursuant to the Immigration Act (IMM 1442 with photo)

Secondary identification document

Photocopies are not acceptable

The following documents are acceptable as proof of date of birth and legal name

  • Canadian or U.S. Birth Certificate

The following documents are acceptable as proof of signature:

  • Driver’s License (Canadian and U.S. only)
  • Identity Card with signature(issued by Canadian province/territory or U.S. state authority)
  • Canadian Certificate of Indian Status
  • Ontario Student Card with signature
  • Ontario Health Card with applicant’s signature (Clients may choose to produce their Ontario Health Card for proof of signature. The Health Card and Health Number will not be recorded or photocopied.)

The following additional documents are acceptable as proof of legal name:

  • Marriage Certificate (Canadian or Foreign, government issued)
  • Change of Name Certificate
  • Court Order for adoption, change of name or divorce (must bear legal name, date of birth and court seal)

Requirements for getting the license

  • The applicant must be 16 years for learners license
  • The applicant must pass Class-G1 road test, Class-G2 road test and written knowledge test.
  • The applicant is required to have an eye test before he gets Ontario driver’s license

Fees required for getting the license

You must pay a fee when you apply. This fee includes the cost of the knowledge test, your first road test and a five-year licensing fee.

Website for Ontario practice questions and driver handbook online

Ontario Driving G1 Practice Tests
Ontario Drivers Handbook Online

Website and phone for Ontario driving test centers

Contact customer service at phone numbers:

Licencing Call Centre 416-235-2999 or Toll-free for Call Centre 1-800-387-3445

Road test booking Call Centre 416-325-8580 or Toll-free 1-888-570-6110

http://www.drivetest.ca/en/loc/Dec.aspx for test centers

About the Author:
Andrei Zakhareuski is the founder of Find-a-driving-school.ca. He has been writing for beginner Canadian drivers for several years.
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