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Getting a License

To get a license in Ontario, you must be at least 16 years of age. Graduated licensing was introduced in Ontario in April 1994. In order to get your license you need to go through three stages.

In the first stage you obtain a Driver's handbook which is available in our school and also at various other locations. Then, on or after your 16th birthday and once you have studied the handbook, you can go to a Ministry of Transportation office nearest you and write a theoretical G1 exam. You must bring $125 and 2 pieces of ID with you. Once you pass the exam, you will be given a G1 license and you will be eligible to do a practical road test one year from that date.

Under a G1 license, many conditions apply which are designed to help you gain experience before you can actually do your road test. These are discussed below and are also covered in the driver's handbook.

  • Anytime you are behind the wheel, you must be accompanied by a driver who has at least 4 years of G class driving experience.
  • You are prohibited from driving from 12 am to 5 am in the morning.
  • You are prohibited from driving on any highways with posted speed limits of 80 km or above including all the any of the 400 series highways, unless you are accompanied by a licensed driving instructor.
  • You must maintain a blood alcohol level of 0.00% at all times.
  • You must not have more passengers in your car than the seat belts.

After getting a G1 permit, if you attend an approved driving course such as ours, you are eligible to reduce the waiting period for your first road test from 12 months to 8 months. If you have taken an MTO-approved Beginner Driver Education course.At the end of this waiting period you can go for your first road test.

Once you have passed the first road test at the end of 8 or 12 months, you are given a G2 license. There are some conditions here but far fewer when compared with G1 conditions. These are discussed below and are also covered in the driver's handbook.

  • You must maintain a blood alcohol level of 0.00% at all times.
  • You must not have more passengers in your car than the seat belts.
  • For the first six months, G2 driver aged 19 and under cannot carry more than one passenger aged 19 and under between midnight and 5 a.m.
  • After the first six months, G2 driver aged 19 and under cannot carry more than three passengers aged 19 and under between midnight and 5 a.m. * These passenger restrictions do not apply if the G2 driver is accompanied by a full "G" licensed driver (with at least four years driving experience) in the front seat, or if the passengers are immediate family members.

After about a one year waiting period, you can attempt the second road test, commonly referred to as the G2 road test. Once you have passed the G2 road test, you are fully licensed and can drive anywhere, anytime. Zero Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) for Novice and Young Drivers 21 and Under. Effective August 1, 2010, both novice drivers of any age and all drivers 21 and under, regardless of licence class, must have a blood alcohol level of zero when operating a motor vehicle.

If you are a novice driver and are caught with any amount of alcohol in your blood, you will receive an immediate 24-hour roadside driver licence suspension. If convicted, will be subject to a fine from $60-$500 and will receive a suspension period as per the Novice Driver Escalating Sanction scheme, up to and including cancellation of the novice licence.  You will also have to return to the start of GLS. If you are a fully licensed driver who is 21 and under and you are caught with alcohol in your blood, you will receive a 24-hour roadside driver licence suspension. If convicted, you will be subject to a fine of $60-$500 and a 30-day licence suspension

How much does testing cost?


G1 Licence - cost includes knowledge test, G2 road test and five year licence - $125
G1 Written re-test - $10
G2 Road re-test - $40
G/M Road Test - $75