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Licence Types

In Ontario, there are 15 different licence classes. Each one qualifies you to drive a different type of vehicle. The class of licence you have must match the type of vehicle you are driving. See the Quick Check Chart below to see what class of licence you need to drive different vehicles. A driver may hold a licence in more than one class.

Class of Licence Types of Vehicles Allowed May Also Drive Vehicle in Class
A Any tractor-trailer or combination of motor vehicle and towed vehicles where the towed vehicles exceed a total gross weight of 4,600 kilograms D, G and A with condition (R)
A with condition (R) Effective June 16, 2008:
Drivers with a restricted Class A licence condition would be prevented from operating:
  • a motor vehicle pulling double trailers
  • a motor vehicle pulling a trailer with air-brakes.
For a full description, visit: /english/dandv/driver/classalic.shtml
D and G
B Any school purposes bus with designed seating capacity for more than 24 passengers C, D, E, F and G
C Any regular bus with designed seating capacity for more than 24 passengers D, F and G
D Any truck or motor vehicle combination exceeding 11,000 kg provided the towed vehicle is not over 4,600 kg G
E School purposes bus - maximum of 24 passenger capacity F and G
F

Regular bus maximum of 24 passenger capacity and ambulances.

The Highway Traffic Act defines a bus as a “motor vehicle designed for carrying ten or more passengers and used for the transportation of persons.” For example, a 15-passenger van is considered a bus and requires a Class F licence. Safety information on large passenger vans is available at Transport Canada: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/roadsafety/tp-tp2436-rs200808-menu-202.htm.

G
G

Any car, van or small truck or combination of vehicle and towed vehicle up to 11,000 kg provided the towed vehicle is not over 4,600 kg, but not,

  1. a motorcycle or motor assisted bicycle;
  2. a bus carrying passengers; or
  3. an ambulance in the course of providing ambulance service as defined in the Ambulance Act.

Effective July 1, 2011:

A Recreational Vehicle towed by a pick up truck may exceed 4,600 kg. (Click for more information)

G1 Level 1 of graduated licensing.
Holders may drive Class G vehicles when accompanied by a fully licensed driver with at least four years of driving experience. Additional conditions apply.
G2 Level 2 of graduated licensing.
Holders may drive Class G vehicles without accompanying driver but are subject to certain conditions.

Effective September 1, 2005:

  • The number of young passengers that teen G2 drivers can carry will be limited from midnight to 5 a.m.
  • Initially, G2 drivers 19 or under can carry only one passenger aged 19 or under.
  • After the first six months, and until the G2 driver earns a full G licence or turns 20, they can carry only three passengers aged 19 or under.
M Motorcycles, including a limited-speed motorcycle (motor scooter) and a motor-assisted bicycle (moped)Holders may also drive a Class G vehicle under the conditions that apply to a class G1 licence holder. M with condition L (motor scooters and mopeds)
M1 Motorcycles, including a limited-speed motorcycle (motor scooter) and a motor-assisted bicycle (moped)
Level 1 of graduated licensing.Holders may drive a motorcycle under certain conditions.
M with condition L (motor scooters and mopeds)
M2 Motorcycles, including a limited-speed motorcycle (motor scooter) and a motor-assisted bicycle (moped)
Level 2 of graduated licensing.
Holders may drive a motorcycle but only with a zero blood alcohol level. Holders may also drive a Class G vehicle under the conditions that apply to a class G1 licence holder.
M with condition L (motor scooters and mopeds)
M with condition L (LSM/Moped)

Limited-speed motorcycle (LSM) or mopeds only

  • Limited-speed motorcycles are motorcycles with a maximum speed of 70 km/hr. If manufactured after 1988 they are identified by a label on the vehicle that indicates it to be a "LSM/MVL". For full description, visit: www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/dandv/driver/lsm.shtml
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M2 with condition L (LSM/Moped)

Limited-speed motorcycle (LSM) or moped only

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