At the DriveWise driving school in London Ontario, our goal is to teach students to be safe and confident drivers. We prepare our students for their G2 and G drive tests with a diverse learning approach that includes interactive in-class learning, in-car lessons and sessions with our driving simulator. Our approach to driving lessons is what sets us apart from the competition. We also have a state of the art driving simulator that simulates real driving hazards, including simulating the dangers of drinking & driving and texting & driving. Our SafeStart Beginner Driver Education programs are Ministry of Transportation approved and recognized by the insurance industry. Our students include beginner drivers, international students, new residents, new immigrants, and senior citizens who want to practice their driving skills. We teach our students cooperative driving strategies during in-car lessons. Using our driving simulator, we also teach students defensive driving strategies like how to control skids and driving in winter conditions. When it’s time for you to take your Ontario drive test, you’ll feel confident in your driving skills and happy with your driving school experience at DriveWise.

Exchanging International/Out-of-Province Licence

Whether you’re new to Ontario because you’ve moved from another province, another country or are even just attending university in the province from abroad, there’s a laundry list of things that are likely on your plate. But one task that certainly shouldn’t be looked past is getting an Ontario driver’s licence. Here’s a look for how to go about this based on your particular situation.

Licensing Basics

Regardless of your situation, if you’ve moved to Ontario and hold a valid driver’s licence from another Canadian province, U.S. state or country, that licence will be valid in Ontario for up to 60 days. For example, if you’re a student from South Korea studying at Fanshawe College and already have a driver’s licence from South Korea, it’s good for up to two months in Ontario.

Exchanging Your Licence

After 60 days, any previous driver’s licence is no longer acceptable in Ontario. Thankfully, the province makes it fairly easy to exchange your previous driver’s licence for an Ontario one should you meet the necessary requirements. In most cases, no further driving lessons or driving achievements will need to be reached. Certain countries have licence exchange agreements with Canada. They are:

  • Any other Canadian province/territory
  • Any U.S. state
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • France
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Ireland
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan

To exchange your licence for an Ontario one, all you need to do is visit a DriveTest center. Exchanges will also consist of taking an eye exam, providing appropriate licensing documentation and formally applying for the Ontario licence.

What if You Can’t Exchange Your Licence?

If you can’t simply exchange your licence, you have to go through the application process. However, you still can receive credit for any driving experience, pending you provide the necessary documentation. Here are instances where you’ll be unable to exchange licences:

  • If you’re licenced in a country that doesn’t have an exchange agreement.
  • If you only have a learner’s permit or beginner’s certificate from another province/state/country.
  • A motorcycle class driver’s licence from certain countries.

Getting driver’s licence details worked out upon your arrival to Ontario doesn’t have to be tricky. In fact, it should be fairly easy provided you can show the appropriate documentation. For more information on driver’s licence basics and exchanges, contact our driving school today.