Depending on where you are from, you may be used to driving to get from place to place, and you may want to do the same here! In Ontario, licenses are blue cards that have your photo and address clearly stated on them. The process of acquiring your Ontario driver’s license will depend on whether you’re already a licensed driver or you’re a new driver. Here’s some helpful information on what to do in both cases.
Obtaining an Ontario driver’s license – licensed drivers:
First, it’s good to understand that drivers who have an International Driving permit. These licenses are valid for one year after they are issued, and allow you to drive internationally without penalty, and you won’t have to take any further tests or fill out an application.
If you don’t have an international driving permit, the process of obtaining an Ontario Driver’s License is fairly simple. You have 60 days to switch your license after your arrival in Canada. To do so, make an appointment at either at a Ministry of Transportation (MTO) DriveTest Centre (1-888-570-6110) or at the ServiceOntario College Park location (1-800387-3445).
Make sure to bring identification that clearly states your legal name, date of birth and signature. Also, make sure to have your original foreign driver’s license with you. You also may be required to bring additional documents that show proof of your driving record and experience, though this depends on how long you’ve been driving and whether or not your country of origin has an international exchange agreement with Ontario. While you are applying, you’ll be required to take an eye test. You will also be charge a fee, which varies depending on the class of Ontario driver’s license you require (a standard “class G” license is $146).
Obtaining an Ontario driver’s license – new drivers:
For new driver’s the process of obtaining a license is a bit longer, and the Ministry of Transportation will be happy to assist you over the phone with any questions you have. Ontario has a graduated licensing process, which means you will hold beginners driver’s licenses before you receive your full license.
Here’s a rundown of the process:
- First, new drivers need to pass a written knowledge test and a vision test. They receive a G1 driver’s license for 12 months. This license has some restrictions. For instance, they need to maintain a zero blood-alcohol content, need to drive with a fully-licensed driver, and cannot drive between midnight and 5 a.m. After one year of driving, they are able to take a G1 road test. The process can be accelerated by taking a government-approved driver’s education course.
- Next, if new drivers pass the G1 test, they are issued a G2 license. With this license they can drive alone, at any time of day, and on all roads and highways. Other restrictions do apply, however.
- Finally, after passing the G2 road test new drivers are issued a full G license. This is a full license, and the only restriction is for drivers less than 21 years of age. They must maintain a zero blood-alcohol content while driving.
From all of us here at Settle-in.com, happy trails!
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