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New Ontario residents
 

If you are a new resident of Ontario and have a valid driver’s licence from another province or country, you can use that licence for 60 days in Ontario. If you want to continue to drive after 60 days, you must get an Ontario driver’s licence.

Effective May 1, 2006, licensed driving experience for out-of-country applicants will be credited as follows

Requirements for all driver's licence applicants:

  • All applicants for an Ontario driver’s licence are required to present a valid foreign driver’s licence (if it is not in English or French, it is to be accompanied by a written translation from a qualified translator), pass a vision test and a written knowledge test regarding Ontario’s traffic rules, pay all applicable fees and provide acceptable proof of identity.
  • Applicants who fulfill these requirements can obtain a G1 licence.
  • All applicants must declare their licensed driving experience on the driver’s-licence application form.
  • Applicants are required to provide adequate proof of foreign licensed driving experience. However, if that is not possible, the ministry will accept an applicant’s declaration of their foreign licensed driving experience on the driver’s licence application for up to a maximum of 12 months licensed experience.
  • This policy only applies to applicants for Class G licences.

Applicants declaring less than 12 months licensed driving experience within the preceding three years

  • Applicants are credited with the amount of licensed driving experience declared on the driver’s-licence application.
  • Applicants must have 12 month licensed driving experience before attempting the G1 road test.
  • If an applicant successfully completes a ministry-approved beginner driver education course, the mandatory waiting time, prior to taking the G1 road test, will be reduced from 12 to eight months.
  • The eight to 12 months may be a combination of licensed driving experience in the foreign jurisdiction and licensed experience in Ontario.

Applicants declaring more than 12 months licensed driving experience but less than 24 months within the preceding three years:

  • Applicants will be credited with 12 month vehicles' licensed driving experience and may proceed to take the G1 road test without having to fulfill the mandatory 12-month G1 wait period.
  • If the applicant passes the G1 road test, they will be issued a G2 licence and will not be subject to the six restrictions of the G1 licence, including the requirement to have a fully licensed driver accompany them in the vehicle and prohibition from driving on 400-series expressways.
  • To obtain credit for more than 12 months licensed driving experience, applicants are required to obtain written authentication of their foreign licensed driving experience from the originating licensing agency, or from the embassy, consulate or high commissioners' offices representing the jurisdiction. The authentication letter must be on official letterhead and be written in either English or French.
  • Applicants will be credited with their foreign licensed driving experience as certified on the authentication letter.
  • Credited licensed driving experience will be applied toward the G2 12-month waiting period prior to taking the G2 road test.
  • If applicants do not provide a letter of authentication, applicants must fulfill the 12-month manda­tory waiting period prior to taking the G2 road test.

Applicants declaring a minimum of 24 months licensed driving experience within the preceding three years:

  • To obtain credit for more than 12 months licensed driving experience, applicants are required to obtain written authentication of their foreign licensed driving experience from the originating licensing agency, or from the embassy, consulate or high commissioners' offices representing the jurisdiction. The authentication letter must be on official letterhead and be written in either English or French.
  • Applicants will be credited with their foreign licensed driving experience as certified on the authentication letter.
  • Applicants have, pending a letter of authentication of a minimum of 24 months of foreign licensed driving experience, the option of attempting the G1 or G2 exit road tests (mandatory waiting times are waived).
  • If the applicant chooses to attempt the G1 road test and successfully completes it, they will then be eligible to attempt the G2 road test.
  • Upon successfully passing the G2 exit road test, applicants will be issued a G licence.
  • If applicants do not provide a letter of authentication, they must pass the G1 road test and fulfill the 12-month waiting period prior to taking the G2 road test.

Who does the policy affect?

The policy applies to all applicants coming from either a foreign jurisdiction that does not have a driver’s-licence reciprocal agreement with Ontario, or a U.S. state that is not part of the Inter-provincial Record Exchange.

This policy does not apply to drivers from the following jurisdictions:

  • Canadian provinces and territories
  • Canadian Forces Europe
  • U.S. states
  • Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Germany, Isle of Man, Japan, Korea and Switzerland