What are the requirements to drive in Ontario?If you live in Ontario, you must be at least 16 years old and have a valid Ontario driver’s licence to drive in this province.
If you are a visitor to Ontario and want to drive while you are here, you must be at least 16 years old and have a valid driver’s licence from your own province, state or country. If you are from another country and visiting Ontario for more than three months, you need an International Driver’s Permit from your own country. If you are taking up residence, you must get an Ontario driver’s licence.
If you are a new resident in Ontario and have a valid driver’s licence from another province, state or country, you can use it for 60 days after you move to Ontario. If you become a resident of Ontario, you must get an Ontario driver’s licence. Ontario has licence exchange agreements with every Canadian province and territory (including Canadian Forces Europe). Also with Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, the Isle of Man, Japan, Northern Ireland, Korea, Switzerland and the United States.
What is Graduated Licensing?New drivers applying for their first car or motorcycle licence enter Ontario’s graduated licensing system. Graduated licensing lets new drivers get driving experience and skills gradually. The two-step licensing process takes at least 20 months to complete.
To apply for a licence, you must be at least 16 years old, pass a vision test and pass a test of your knowledge of the rules of the road and traffic signs. After you pass these tests, you will enter Level One and get a Class G1 licence.
You must pass two road tests to become fully licensed. Passing the first road test lets you move to Level Two (Class G2), and the second one gives you full Class G driving privileges.
Here is a checklist:
Level One (Class G1)
G1 knowledge test
G1 exit test – checklist
Level Two (Class G2)
G2 exit test
What if I fail to attend a road test?If you cancel or reschedule your road test appointment with less than 48 hours notice, or if you fail to attend your appointment, your prepaid road-test fee will not be refunded. Under certain extenuating circumstances only (such as a death in your immediate family), the road-test fee will remain as a credit on your driving record.
How to get a license in Ottawa, Ontario?All new drivers applying for their first licence enter Ontario’s Graduated Licensing System (GLS). The two-step licensing process takes at least 20 months to complete.
To apply for a licence, you must be at least 16 years old and pass a vision test and a test of your knowledge of the rules of the road and traffic signs. After you pass these tests, you will get a Class G1 or M1 licence and a driver information package for new drivers.
A new driver must hold a G1 licence for a minimum of 12 months before attempting the G1 road test. This time can be reduced to eight months if you successfully complete a Ministry-approved Beginner Driver Education Course .
New drivers must hold a G2 licence for a minimum of 12 months before they can attempt the G2 road test. At this level, you have more privileges because of your driving experience. You may drive without an accompanying driver on all Ontario roads anytime.
Does this course entitle the graduate to a potential reduction in Automobile insurance premiums?Yes, at the end of the course, you can request a Driver’s License History from the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario. The Driver’s License History provides proof of successful completion and graduation from a Beginner Education Course (BDE) and is widely recognized by the insurance industry. BDE Graduates with a Driver’s License History may be eligible for an insurance discount.
If you are learning how to drive or just require some refresher driving lessons, our Ottawa driving school and instructors, can assist you in meeting your goals and objectives. Please feel free to register for any one of our driver training courses or if you feel more comfortable talking to one of our staff, please do give us a call at (613) 748-5254. Give us a chance to earn your trust and your business. We’re sure you’ll be satisfied with the quality of our service, from beginning to end.
Can I shorten the time it takes to get a full driver’s license?Yes, this course allows you to take your G1 test in 8 months, instead of 1 year. The Driver’s License History provides proof of successful completion and graduation from a Beginner Education Course (BDE). CITY DRIVER’S TRAINING, an Ottawa driving school will book your road test quickly and can provide you with a car for it!
What are my payment options?We don’t require full payment until you start your individual in-car sessions. We accept cash, debit, cheques, Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
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