Driving is a way to get from one place to another but it is also about the experience. Safety is the most important part about any driving adventure. The Ontario graduated driver licensing system is a program designed for new drivers who need to work on their driving skills. If you are a new driver or new to Ontario, you will need to apply for an Ontario driver’s license. Here is an overview of the Graduated License program in Ontario:
Graduating Licensing Starts with G1
The graduated license system begins with the G1. You obtain a G1 license by passing a written exam at a local DriveTest facility. Anyone with G1 license must be accompanied by a driver with a full license and four years of driving experience. Depending on your age, there are also restrictions on the number of passengers in the vehicle and the hours you can drive.
If you are an international student in London, DriveWise Driving School offers a course designed to help people that are new to the country become familiar with the rules that are needed to pass the G1 exit road test and receive a G2 license.
Receiving a G2 Probationary License
After receiving a G1 license and having it for one year, you will be eligible to earn a G2 license. This could be reduced to 8 months if you successfully complete an MTO approved Beginner Driver Education course such as our SafeStart. A road test is required to acquire a G2 license. On the test you will need to demonstrate driving skills such as parallel parking and changing lanes. G2 license holders can drive alone on any road, however they are required to have a zero blood-alcohol level. There are additional restrictions if you are under 19.
Earning a G License
Once you have your G2 licence for a year, you are eligible to earn your full driver’s license. Another road test, which will include highway driving, will decide whether you are ready for a full G license. Once you have passed this final road test you will not need to take another one until you reach the age of 80, when you will have to pass a test every 2 years.
Exchanging your License of an Ontario Driver’s License
Those with a driver’s license from another province or country only have 60 days before they need to be issued one from Ontario. Don’t delay, that is not a lot of time to prepare. Drivers from some countries and all Canadian Provinces and US states are eligible to exchange a driver’s license without following the graduated license system. If you do have to take a driving test, contact us at DriveWise London by calling 519 719 0438. We offer basic driving lessons and full driving courses to suit any driving requirements.