Driving is a privilege – not a right. So Ontario driver’s license is a proof of your privilege to drive in Ontario. Ontario has long stretches of highways and is home to some of the busiest roadways in North America. Ontario Highways consist of more than 11,800 Kilometers and are divided into four categories:
400 Series Highways
Requirements for Driving in Ontario
A visitor to Ontario who wants to drive here must meet the minimum age requirement of 16 years and have a valid driver’s licence from another province, state or country. An International driving permit from the country of origin is required for visitors staying for more than three months in Ontario. New residents of Ontario can use a valid licence from their province, state or country of origin for sixty days.
The minimum age requirement to apply for a driving licence is 16 years. You need a proof of your legal name, date of birth and signature (documents must be original and valid). The following documents can be used for purpose:
- Passport (Canadian or foreign)
- Canadian citizenship card with photo
- Permanent immigration documents
Permanent Residence card (PRC)
Record of Landing (Form 1000)
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 1434)
- Acknowledgement of intent to claim refugee status (IMM 7703 with photo)
- Report Pursuant to the Immigration act (IMM 1442 with photo)
Drivers License classification
There are 15 different kinds of license categories in Ontario. With each kind, you qualify for a different kind of vehicle. You must have a G licence to drive a car, van or small truck. Before you can be licensed to drive any other vehicle you must have a G licence (except motorcycle licence) (class M).
Class A: - any tractor-trailer combination
Class A with condition R: - Holder may not operate a vehicle pulling double trailers and trailers with air brakes.
Class B: - any school purpose bus
Class C: - any regular bus
Class D: - any truck or combination provided the towed vehicle is not over 4,600 Kg.
Class E: - school purpose bus – maximum of 24-passenger capacity
Class F: - regular bus – maximum of 24 – passenger capacity – and ambulance
Class G: - any car, van or small truck or combination of vehicle and towed vehicle up to 11,000 Kg provided the towed vehicle is not over 4,600 Kg.
Class G1:- level one graduated licensing. Holders may drive class G vehicles with an accompanying fully licensed driver with at least four years driving experience. Subjected to certain conditions.
Class G2:- level two of graduated licensing. Holders may drive class G vehicles without accompanying driver but are subject to certain conditions.
Class M: - motorcycles, including limited-speed motorcycles (motor scooters) and motor –assisted bicycles (mopeds). Holders may also drive a class G vehicle under the conditions that apply to a class G1 licence holder.
Class M1:- level one of graduated licensing for motorcycles, including limited-speed motorcycles (motor scooters) and motor-assisted bicycles (mopeds).
Class M2:- level two of graduated licensing for motorcycles, including limited-speed motorcycles (motor scooters) and motor-assisted bicycles (mopeds). Holders may drive a motorcycle but only with a zero blood alcohol level. Holders may also drive a class G vehicle under the conditions that apply for a class G1 licence holder.
Class M with L condition: - holders may operate a limited-speed motorcycle or moped only.
Class M2 with L condition: - holders may operate a limited-speed motorcycle or moped only.
Graduated licencing lets the drivers get driving experience and skills. The licencing process takes 20 months to complete. To apply for a licence you must be at least 16 in Ontario. You must pass vision and knowledge test. After passing these driving tests you get a G1 driving licence. After that you have to pass two road tests to become fully licensed. Passing the first road test qualifies you for the G2 licence and passing G2 road test qualifies for getting full class G driving privileges.
Knowledge and vision test
Ontario Driving test is a knowledge test that includes the traffic signs and the traffic rules. The new drivers will not be able to give a road test after the expiry of their G1 driving licence. The total fee for G1 licence is $125, which includes knowledge and vision test ($10), G1 road test ($40) and 5 year driving license ($75).
Driving Licence Change of Address
Once you obtain your Ontario Driving Licence and you change your address, you are required to inform the Ministry of Transportation within six days.