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How To Get Your Learner's (G1) Permit

Obtain a copy of the Ontario Government's Driver's Handbook from a Motor vehicle License Office or bookstore or click here for the online version.
Study the Handbook thoroughly in order to be ready to pass your written test at an Ontario government Ministry of Transport driver test centre. (Get the address from the Blue Pages in your phone book or click here to find location online.)
Driver and Vehicle Licensing: 1-800-387-3445 or 416-235-2999
You will be asked questions based on the contents of the Driver's Handbook, including traffic laws, the rules of the road, recognition and understanding of lights and signs, safety rules, etc. You must obtain 80% on the test to pass.

You must also pass a vision test, show identification, and pay a fee of $125.00 (which will also cover your first behind-the-wheel test).

Once you successfully pass the written and vision tests, you will get your G1 Permit, which will be your driver's licence for up to five years from the date of issue.

Conditions With a G1 Permit:

Until you pass your G1 road test, you must drive with a fully-licenced driver in the passenger seat and observe the following restrictions and rules:

The accompanying driver must have a full Class G Licence and have been licenced for at least four years. He/she is the only passenger allowed in your front seat.
You must wait a minimum of 12 months to attempt the G1 test.
You must have 0% blood alcohol content at all times; your co-driver must have a blood alcohol content below 0.05% (accompanying drivers 21 and under must have zero per cent), in case he/she needs to take over the wheel.

You may not drive on the following highways with a posted speed limit of over 80km/hr unless with a licensed driving instructor:

400 series highways (400, 400A, 401, 402, 403, 404, 406, 407, 409, 410, 416, 417, 420, 427)
Queen Elizabeth Way
Don Valley Parkway
Gardiner Expressway
E.C. Row Expressway
Conestoga Parkway
You cannot drive at night between the hours of 12:00am and 5:00am.
You are only allowed as many passengers in the back seat(s) as there are working seatbelts. Only your co-driver is allowed in the front seat.
You can only drive G Class vehicles.
Important Information Regarding Road Tests

A prepaid road test fee will only be valid for 5 years from the original date paid. If you do not attempt a road test within that time period you will forfeit the $40.00 road test fee.

If you finish the YD Program which is a government-approved driver education course, you can take your first road test after just eight months.

Below are a few scenarios:

If you have not attempted the road test by the time your G1 licence expires, you will be required to pay $85 to renew your G1 licence for another 5 years.  If you renew immediately and do the test within 1 year you will not be required to pay $40.  The $40 road test fee will expire at the end of the first year of that renewal period.
If you let the original G1 expire and do not renew immediately, the one year "grace" period will continue from the original date.  For example, it you take 4 months before renewing then you will pay $85 to renew but will only have 8 months to attempt the test.  If you go longer than 8 months, you would be required to pay $40 prior to booking a road test.
If you wait more than 1 year to renew you will forfeit the $40.00 road test fee and would have to pay the full $125.00 in order to start over.
Road Test Booking:  1-888-570-6110 or 416-325-8580

OR Click here to book a road test online.

G2 Road Test

This 20-minute test will take place on the road with a government examiner. You will be tested on:

Driving situations and rules of the road, including starting, stopping, turning, passing vehicles, and land driving.
Driving through controlled and uncontrolled intersections.
Parallel parking and backing up.
Anticipation of hazardous conditions.
Other safe driving practices like driving the right speed and steering techniques.
Conditions with a G2 Permit:

If you are at least 20 years old:

Once you pass the G2 Test, you can drive anywhere, any time if you are at least 20 years old. The G2 level lasts for a minimum of 12 months. You can drive anytime, day or night, alone or with passengers on any road or highway in Ontario. However, you must abide by these three legal restrictions:

You must drive with 0% blood alcohol content.
You must limit the number of passengers to the number of working seatbelts.
You can drive only G Class vehicles.
If you are aged 19 and under:

When you pass the G2 test, you will receive full driving privileges with the following conditions:

G2 drivers, aged 19 and under, will be restricted in the number of passengers aged 19 and under they can carry; the passenger restriction will be in effect between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m.
In the first six months, only one passenger aged 19 and under.
After the first six months, or until G2 drivers turn twenty, they can carry only three passengers aged 19 and under.
The restrictions do not apply if a full "G" licenced person accompanies the G driver, with four years of driving experience, or if other passengers are family members.
The G2 level lasts for a minimum of 12 months.
You must drive with 0% blood alcohol content.
You must limit the number of passengers to the number of working seatbelts.
You can drive only G Class vehicles.

G Licence and G Driving Test

You can attempt your G driving test a minimum of 12 months after you pass your G2 road test. During your G road test, you will be tested on your defensive driving skills with a government examiner for 30 minutes behind the wheel. You will be tested on:

Proper lane use
Proper observation skills
Mirror use
Blind spot checks
Appropriate space management
S-approach when left-turning at large intersections
Road side stop
Freeway driving
Parallel parking
Proper lane change procedure
Defensive driving throughout the test on public streets, roads, and possible highways
One Person, One Seatbelt Legislation

Drivers are responsible for ensuring passengers under 16 years of age are
wearing seatbelts or are secured in appropriate child car safety seats. All
passengers 16 years of age and older must ensure they wear a seatbelt.

Click here for information on how to book a road test


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