The Province of Ontario has a licensing program known as a graduated license system. You must be at least 16 years old a resident of Ontario to earn a valid driver’s license to drive in the province. For most people, the process of obtaining an Ontario driver’s license takes about 20 months to complete.
How to get a G1 License in Ontario
As a new driver applying for your first car or motorcycle license you will begin the graduated licensing system by passing a written test of your knowledge of the rules of the road and traffic signs found in The Official Ministry of Transportation of Ontario Driver’s Handbook as well as a vision test. Once you have successfully passed these tests you will enter Level 1 and receive a Class G1 driver’s license.
Maintaining your G1 license by following all G1 driver’s license class restrictions such as zero blood alcohol level, a licensed accompanying driver in the front seat with you, ensuring all passengers have working seatbelts, not driving on restricted roadways, and not driving between the hours of midnight and 5 am, you will have your G1 for 12 months. The Ministry of Transportation does encourage all new drivers to take an approved driving course. With the course and the approved amount of driving experience, you can complete the Level 1 requirements in 8 months. You must pass a road test to proceed to a G2 license.
G2 License Restrictions in Ontario
The holder of a Class G2 driver’s license will have passed the road test administered by the MTO and drive with a more limited number of restrictions such as:
- still maintaining a blood alcohol level of zero while operating a vehicle
- ensuring each passenger has a working seatbelt
- if you are 19 years of age or under follow the passenger restrictions as they apply.
The G2 license is valid and will not expire for 5 years, however, after 12 months at Level two, you are eligible to take the road test to entitle you to your full Class G license. It is only upon completion and passing of this test you may commence with full driving privileges in the Province of Ontario.
Ontario Driver’s License for New Residents
New Residents to Ontario with a valid driver’s license from their previous province, state, or country may drive under that license for a period of 60 days before required to exchange it for a valid Ontario driver’s license. Currently, Ontario has license exchange agreements with all Canadian provinces and territories as well as Canadian Forces Europe. Ontario also has license exchange agreements with several countries all around the world.