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Graduated License System

Please note the following information is from Ministry of Ontario website. We are publishing this information as a guide only, for additional information on how to obtain your license call Dynamic Driving Training today, or call an Ontario Licensing Center.

If you are at least 16 years old, you can apply for driver’s licence in Ontario. As a new driver, you will need to practice driving and gain experience over time. For most people, the two-step process takes about 20 months to finish. Here’s how you get a driver’s licence

Apply for a driver’s licence

To apply for a driver’s licence in Ontario, you need to:

  • be at least 16 years old
  • pass an eye test
  • pass a written test about the rules of the road and traffic signs
  • Once you pass these tests, you get a G1 licence. You are considered a beginner driver and need to practice driving and gain experience over time.

Where to apply

To apply and take the required tests, visit:

  • a DriveTest centre or the ServiceOntario College Park location in downtown Toronto
  • You will need to bring original identification that shows your legal name, date of birth and your signature.

Accepted identity documents

  • Canadian Citizens
  • passport (Canadian or foreign)
  • Canadian Citizenship Card with photo
  • Secure Certificate of Indian Status Card (issued on or after December 15, 2009 by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • Ontario Photo Card
  • Permanent Residents
  • Permanent Resident (PR) Card
  • Record of Landing (IMM 1000)
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292) accompanied by a valid passport from country of origin
  • Ontario Photo Card
  • 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)
  • Acknowledgement of Intent to Claim Refugee Status (IMM 7703) with photo
  • Report Pursuant to the Immigration Act (IMM 1442) with photo
  • Ontario Photo Card

Study for the knowledge test

Ontario’s Official Driver Handbook will help you prepare for your written knowledge test. It covers rules of the road and practical driving tips. You can buy the handbook:

  • online through ServiceOntario
  • at a DriveTest centre
  • from many retail stores
  • Cost: $14.95 plus taxes

Learning to drive: graduated licensing

Once you pass your eye and written tests, you get a G1 licence. Before you can get a full G licence, you have to:

  • finish two learning levels: G1 and G2.
  • pass two road tests
  • This process is called “graduated licensing.” It is designed to give new drivers time to practice and gain driving experience over time.

You have up to five years to finish the whole process. After five years, if you do not get your full G licence, you will need to start over.

G1 licence

  • By law, when you have a G1 licence, you must:
  • maintain a zero blood alcohol level (no alcohol in your blood)
  • make sure every passenger with you wears a properly working seatbelt
  • not drive between midnight and 5 a.m.
  • not drive on 400-series highways or high-speed expressways (e.g., 401, Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW), Gardiner Expressway)
  • drive with a fully licensed driver who has:
  • at least four years of driving experience
  • a blood alcohol level of less than .05 (if this person is 21 and under, their blood alcohol level should be zero)
  • The driver accompanying you must be the only other person in the front seat. If you are driving with a driver instructor certified in Ontario, you can drive on any road.
  • In most cases, you practice with your G1 licence for 12 months.

    G1 road test

    The G1 road test is the first of two you need to take as a new driver.

    • you can take your first road test after 12 months with a G1 licence
    • this exam tests basic driving skills (e.g., turning left and right, stopping, parking)
    • once you pass, you get your G2 licence
    • If you finish an government-approved driver education course, you can take your first road test after just eight months.

    Ontario driving schools

    To take the G1 road test sooner, you will need to choose a driving school that is certified to train new drivers.

    G2 licence

    After passing your G1 road test, you get a G2 licence. You practice with your G2 licence for 12 months. You can now drive:

    • without another experienced driver in the car
    • on all Ontario roads
    • at any time of the day, in most cases
    • You must still:
      • have a zero blood alcohol level
      • carry only as many passengers as there are working seatbelts
      • If you are 19 and under, some other restrictions still apply.

    G2 drivers: 19 and under

    Between midnight and 5 a.m.: you can only drive with one passenger who is 19 or under in your car.

    This condition applies for the first six months of G2. After six months, you can drive with up to three passengers 19 or under between midnight and 5 a.m.

    This condition does not apply, if:

    • you have a fully licensed driver in the car (with four years plus experience driving)
    • your passengers are immediate family members (e.g., a parent, brother or sister)

    G2 road test

    This is the second of two road tests you take as a new driver.

    • you can take the test after 12 months with a G2 licence
    • the test covers more advanced driving skills (e.g., driving on a highway, parallel parking)
    • once you pass, you get a full G licence

    Booking a road test

    To book a road test appointment, you will need to provide:

    • your valid Ontario driver's licence number
    • a preferred location for taking the test
    • a second and third choice of location
    • a preferred date and time
    • You can book, cancel or reschedule a road test appointment: