To get a driver’s licence in Ontario, you must be 16 years old or older. You must pass a vision test to show that you can see well enough to drive safely.
You have to go to a Driver Examination Centre to apply for a licence and you need to bring:
- Proof of name
- Proof of your age / date of birth
- A document with your signature
You have to pay a fee to apply. See more information about how to apply for a driver’s licence.
Find more information about how to get a driver’s licence in these cases:
- If you have a driver’s licence from another country you may be able to exchange it for an Ontario driver’s licence. The type of licence you can get depends on how much driving experience you have and if the country has a reciprocal agreement with Ontario. In some cases, you may have to go through the graduated licensing system.
- Some countries, like the United States, Australia, France and Korea, have a licence exchange agreement with Ontario which allows licensed drivers to obtain an Ontario licence without having to go through the regular process for obtaining a licence in this province. Read about the Licence Exchange program on the DriveTest website
If your licence is from a country that is not in the list above, you must present official, written confirmation of your driving experience. Written confirmation is an original letter from the original licensing agency (such as the ministry of transportation in your country or state).
The letter must be:
- Written on official letterhead
- Written in one of official languages English or French – If it is written in another language, you must submit a letter of translation from a qualified translator.
- Dated – It cannot be more than 6 months old.
This letter must include information about:
- The date first licensed
- Licence expiry date
- Class of licence
- That the licence was valid for the relevant period of time for the purposes of exchange and experience
If you are a new driver or have less than 12 months of driving experience, you must take a knowledge test first (Level 1 of graduated licensing) G1 holders may drive Class G vehicles when accompanied by a fully licensed driver with at least four years of driving experience. You have to get 12 months of driving experience before you can take the G1 road test.
If you have 12-24 months of driving experience, you can take the G1 road test immediately after your knowledge test. If you pass this test, you get a G2 licence.
To prove your driving experience, you must get written confirmation of your foreign driving experience.
If the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) recognizes your driving experience, you can use this time towards the 12-month waiting period for the G2 road test.
If you have 24 months of driving experience, you can take the G1 or G2 road test immediately. If you pass, you will get the next licence in the graduated licensing system. For example, if you pass the G1 test, you will get a G2 licence. If you pass the G2 test, you will get a G licence. The G licence is a full driver’s licence.
You must get written confirmation of your foreign driving experience.
For more information about Drivers licences for cars, vans, small trucks you may visit DriveTest website
For other types of licences for motorcycle and commercial vehicles please visit www.drivetest.ca/