Residents of Ontario can apply for a driver’s license as long as they are at least 16 years old. This is one of the most eagerly awaited rites of passage for a teenager.
Ontario has a total of 15 license classifications depending on which type of vehicle a driver will be operating. The G class license is the one needed by most Ontario residents. Class G allows an individual to drive small trucks, vans or automobiles in Ontario.
New drivers are considered to be “beginners” and they must gain the requisite knowledge and driving experience if they wish to apply for a regular driver’s license in the future. The process should take most individuals about two years to complete.
In Ontario a drivers licence is a small, rectangular piece of blue plastic. On the front of the card you can see the name, photo, birthdate, address and signature of the driver to whom the license is issued. There is also an expiration date for the license. All licenses have to be renewed before the expiration date has passed.
Driving on the roads of Ontario is a privilege that must be earned. Drivers must follow the rules of the road and obey all traffic laws. Safe driving can help protect both you and your fellow drivers.
Anyone who is operating a vehicle in Ontario must have a valid driver’s license with them. The auto license plate and automobile insurance policy must be accessible at all times. Generally this policy is kept in the automobile glove compartment or in another secure location within the car. Drivers must also be able to show proof of having a valid owner’s permit for the vehicle that they are operating.
Applying for a driver’s license
Applying for Ontario drivers license is a simple, but thorough, process. Applicants should be
16 years of age (or older)
Able to pass a visual test
Able to successfully pass a written driving test (demonstrating your understanding of traffic signs and road safety)
The Ontario Driving Tests are available at Drive Test centers throughout the province.
Personal Identification Requirements
All applicants must produce valid personal identification. The identification should list your birth date and legal name. You must also have some form of ID that displays your personal signature.
Citizens of Canada may use
passports ( either Canadian or foreign)
an Ontario photo ID or a Canadian Citizenship Card with valid photo
The Secure Certificate of Indian Status Card ( this card must have an issuing date of December 15, 2009 (or later). *This card must be issued by the department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada*
If you are a permanent resident of Ontario you may use
Your Ontario Photo Card
A PR-Permanent Resident Card
The (IMM 1000)- record of landing
the (IMM 5292)- Confirmation of Permanent Resident status
Temporary Ontario residents
Temporary Ontario residents have many personal forms of identification that may be used when applying for an Ontario driver’s license. These valid IDs include
an Ontario photo card
Study Permits / Student Authorization (IMM 1442)
A Refugee Status Claim (IMM 1434)
Acknowledgement of Intent to Claim Refugee Status w/photo (IMM 7703)
Work Permits/ Employment Authorization (IMM 1442)
Temporary Resident Permits (IMM 1442)
Visitor Record (IMM 1442)
Report Pursuant to the Immigration Act w/photo (IMM 1442) Ontario Photo Card
Applicant Fees for a Driver’s License in Ontario
You will have to pay a fee when you apply for an Ontario driver’s license. The fee is due at the time the applicant fills out the form and takes a written test. You should check online for further information concerning these government fees. Cash, debit cards, credit cards or personal cheques may be used to pay these fees.
Before attempting the Ontario G1 test practice is going to be necessary. Practice tests are available online and can help you discover which areas of driving instrution you need to study more thoroughly.
If you review the material provided in the Official Driver Handbook for Ontario you will be prepared for your upcoming written testing procedure. The Ontario Driver’s Handbook contains many practical rules and lessons concerning traffic safety. You will also learn to properly identify traffic signs and discover valuable tips for practical, safe driving when you are behind the wheel.
These handbooks are affordably priced and are available online. These handbooks may be obtained through ServiceOntario sites, Retail outlets or at one of the Ontario Drive Test Centers
Graduated Licensing Program
Ontario has a GLP (graduated licensing program) that is used to license all drivers. This is a structured program that ensures each driver has a broad range of driving knowledge and road skills before they are allowed to independently operate a vehicle in Ontario. This licensing system begins with the Ontario G1 test and helps build confidence and skills among a broad range of Canadian based drivers.
Applicants for an Ontario drivers license should be a minimum of 16 years old. Each applicant will be given a vision test and a written driving test. Upon satisfactory completion of both of these tests the applicant will be issued a G1 license. This is the classification of license that is awarded to beginner drivers.
G1 test practice questions are available online and can provide valuable assistance to those who are seeking to get a Ontario drivers license for the first time. You can also gain skills and knowledge by signing up for driver training and studying the Ontario driver’s handbook.
Ontario will award a G license to applicants who have completed the G1 and G2 driver learning levels. Successful applicants must also successfully pass two separate road tests.
Twelve months after receiving a G1 license you can then take the G1 road test and apply for your G2 license. If you choose to attend a government approved driver training course you will be eligible for this road test in just 8 months.
With your G2 classification you will still need to accumulate more driving experience. You will have to drive for another year before you are allowed to take the road test that will lead to an Ontario full privilege G license.
Those individuals who receive a G1 license to drive in Ontario will have a total of 5 years in which to complete the additional driver learning levels and earn a G license. Anyone who has not received a G license at the end of 5 years will need to re-apply as a G1 driving candidate.