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.
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
- Great Britain
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.