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Newcommers Guide

NEW TO ONTARIO?

 

I am from another country


I have had a driver's licence for less than one year

 

If you have a driver's licence that is not from Japan, the United States, Austria, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Germany, Korea, Switzerland or another Canadian province or territory and you have been driving for less than one year in the past three years, then you must start with a Level One licence.

There are two levels in graduated licensing. It takes two years of driving experience before you can apply to get a full licence to drive a car, van or small truck in Ontario. However, the time that you have been driving in the country you had your licence will be part of those two years.

First, you must get a Level One licence. After you practice driving for a total of 12 months including you past experience - you can take a road test to get a Level Two licence. If you pass the road test, you must practice driving for another 12 months before you can take the second road test to get a full licence.

If you complete a recognized driver education course at a driving school, you can reduce the time you need in Level One to take the first road test by four months.

 

HOW DO I GET A LEVEL ONE LICENSE?

 

Bring the following items to any Ministry of Transportation, Driver Examination Centre. The addresses of these centers are listed in the blue pages of your local telephone book.

  • Proof of the date of your birth. You must be 16 years or older,
  • A piece of personal identification that has your signature. Your record of landing from the Canada Immigration Centre is an example of acceptable proof of identification. There is a list of other acceptable pieces of identification in The Driver's Handbook.
  • An original document in English or French to prove you have a driver's licence from the country where you were driving.

All documents must be originals and they must be in English or French. You may only use photocopies if they are signed by a notary public. If the documents are in another language, they should be translated into English or French.



At the Driver Examination Centre, you must:

  • pass a vision test to check your eyesight;
  • pass a knowledge test on Ontario's laws of the road;
  • Pay the fee for a licence and the first road test.

To get ready for the knowledge test, you can buy The Driver's Handbook from the Driver Examination Centre for a small fee. Read the handbook. Study Ontario's road signs and the laws of the road before you take the knowledge test.


The knowledge test is available in English, French, Greek, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Hindi, Finnish, German, Croatian, Punjabi and Korean at some Driver Examination Centre in Ontario. If you need the test in any of these languages, please check with your local Centre.

If your local Centre does not have the knowledge test in your language, you can take the test with an interpreter. The interpreter cannot be a friend or a family member. The Driver Examination Centre will tell you who to contact to find a licensed interpreter. This interpretation service will cost some money.

If you pass the vision test, the knowledge test, and can show proof of your driving licence, then you will get a Level one licence.

You can now begin to practice driving in Ontario! You must follow all of the laws of Ontario's roads and the special rules of the level One licence. These rules are in the "Ready for the road" booklet.

The Driver examination Centre will tell you how much time you need to practice driving so that you have a total of 12 months experience. This will depend on how long you were licensed to drive before you moved to Ontario.

Once your practice period is over, you can take the first road test to get a Level Two licence. After another 12 months of driving you can take the second road test. If you pass this road test you will get a Class G Ontario driver's licence and you will be a fully licensed Ontario driver!


I have had a driver's licence for two years or more

 

If you have a driver's licence that is not from Japan, The United States, Austria, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Germany, Korea, Switzerland or another Canadian province or territory and you have been driving for two years or more in the past three years, you can skip Level One and take the Level Two road test. If you pass this road test you will become a fully licensed driver.



You must bring the following items to any Ministry of Transportation, Driver Examination Centre. The addresses of the centers are listed in the blue pages of your local telephone book.

  • Proof of the date of your birth. You must be 16 years or older;
  • A piece of personal identification that has your signature. Your record of landing from the Canada Immigration Centre is an example of acceptable proof of identification. There is a list of other acceptable pieces of identification in the Driver's Handbook;
  • an original document in English or French to prove you have a driver's licence from the country where you were driving and show proof of how many years of driving experience you have.


All documents must be originals and they must be in English or French. You may only use photocopies if they are signed by a notary public. If the documents are in another language, they should be translated into English or French.



At the Driver Examination Centre, you must:

  • pass a vision test to check your eyesight;
  • pay the fee for a licence and the road test;
  • Pass a knowledge test on Ontario's laws of the road.


To get ready for the knowledge test, you can buy The Driver's Handbook from the Driver Examination Centre for a small fee. Read the handbook. Study Ontario's road signs and the laws of the road before you take the knowledge test.

The knowledge test is available in English, French, Greek, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Hindi, Finnish, German, Croatian, Punjabi and Korean at some Driver Examination Centres in Ontario. If you need the test in any of these languages, please check with your local Centre.

If the Centre does not have the knowledge test in your language, you can take the test with an interpreter. The interpreter cannot be a friend or family member. The Driver examination Centre will tell you who to contact to find a licensed interpreter. This interpretation service will cost some money.

If you pass the vision test and knowledge test, then you can make an appointment at the Driver Examination Centre to take your Level Two road test.

You must provide a car for the road test. During this test, the examiner will give you simple directions. The examiner will watch your driving to see if you are driving safely and following the rules of the road. You may not have an interpreter with you during the road test.

If you do not pass the road test, the staff at the Driver Examination Centre will tell you what to do next.

Once you have passed the Level Two road test, you will get a Class G Ontario driver's licence and you will be a fully licensed Ontario driver!

 

 

I am from another Canadian province or territory, the United States or Japan, Austria, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Germnany, Korea Switzerland


I HAVE HAD MY LICENSE FOR LESS THAN TWO YEARS

 

If you have a driver's licence from Japan, the United States or another Canadian province or territory and you have been driving for less than two years in the past three years, you can skip Level One and get a Level Two licence.

Bring the following items to any Ministry of Transportation, Driver Examination Centre. The addresses of these centers are listed in the blue pages of your local telephone book.

 

  • Proof of the date of your birth. You must be 16 years or older;
  • A piece of personal identification that has your signature. There is a list of acceptable pieces of identification in The Driver's Handbook;
  • Show an original document in English or French to prove you have a driver's licence from another Canadian province or territory, the United States or Japan.

All documents must be originals and they must be in English or French. You may only use photocopies if they are signed by a notary public. If the documents are in another language, they should be translated into English or French.



At the Driver Examination Centre, you must:

  • pass a vision test to check your eyesight;
  • Pay the fee for a licence and the final road test.

Once this is done, you will get a Level Two licence.

With a Level Two licence, you must practice driving until you have a total of two years driving experience. The time that you were driving before you came to Ontario can be a part of those two years. The staff at the Driver Examination Centre will tell you how long you will need to practice driving so you have a total of two years experience.

While driving with a Level Two licence, you must follow all the laws of Ontario's roads and the special rules of the Level Two licence. These rules are in the "Ready for the road" booklet.

When you feel you are ready, you can phone a Driver Examination Centre to make an appointment for a Level Two road test. Your road test must take place after you have completed your full practice period.

You must provide a car for this road test. The examiner will give you simple directions during the test. The examiner will watch your driving to see if you are driving safely and following the rules of the road. You may not have an interpreter with you during the road test.

If you do not pass the road test, the staff at the Driver Examination Centre will tell you what to do next.

Once you have passed your road test, you will get a Class G Ontario driver's licence and you will be a fully licensed Ontario driver!

 

 

I am from another Canadian province or territory, the United States or japan, Austria, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Germany, Korea, Switzerland


I have had my licence for two years or more


If you have a driver's licence from Japan, the United States, or another Canadian province or territory and you have been driving for two years or more in the past three years, you do not have to go through the graduated licensing levels.

To get a full Class G Ontario driver's licence without further testing, go to a Ministry of Transportation, Driver Examination Centre. The addresses of these centers are listed in the blue pages of your local telephone book.



At the Driver Examination Centre, you must:

  • show proof of the date of your birth;
  • show personal identification that has your signature;
  • pass a vision test to check your eyesight;
  • pay the fee for the licence;
  • show proof that you have a valid driver's licence from Japan, the United States or another Canadian province or territory and show proof of how many years of driving experience you have.
  • All documents must be originals and they must be in English or French. You may only use photocopies of they are signed by a notary pubic. If the documents are in another language, they should be translated into English or French.

 

If you can show this information you will get a Class G Ontario driver's licence without further testing!


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