The first step to acquiring a G1 license is to study the basic road signs and rules of the road in Ontario. You can purchase the booklet at our office or at most major retailers such as Canadian Tire, WalMart, Zellers or most convenience stores across Ontario. You can also read it online at this link: https://www.ontario.ca/document/official-mto-drivers-handbook
Once you have studied then you can proceed to the next stage which is to find a drive test center at the nearest location to you. Visit www.drivetest.ca for the nearest location and times or call the Driver’s Test Center hotline at 416-325-8580. Please note that some Drive Test Centers are open on Saturdays.
Before you begin your written G1 knowledge test, you must present three pieces of Canadian ID such as passport, social insurance, health card, temporary visitors permit, student visa, bank statements, or any other official government identification.
After presenting your ID and paying all fees, you will proceed with an eye test to evaluate your vision. Do not forget to bring your prescription glasses or corrective eye lenses to the test. If you pass the eye test then you proceed to the final stage.
You will write a knowledge test in English or French or in your mother tongue, by answering multiple-choice questions on the rules of the road in Ontario. If you successfully pass your written knowledge test, you will be given a G1 license for five years. The G1 license is required as identification to enroll in our Driving School Programs and booking any road tests with the Drive Test Center offices.
The fee for the G1 license is $158.25 (subject to change, for the current pricing visit: https://drivetest.ca/tests/fees.html), plus an additional $40 fee to book and take the G2 Road Test for a total of $125 (subject to change, for the current pricing visit: https://drivetest.ca/tests/fees.html). Please note that you can be credited with experienced driver status by presenting a valid driver’s license with more than 2 years experience from another province or country (letter of consulate is needed verifying your license status from the country of origin). Under such circumstances, you have the option of taking the G2 Road Test immediately, without the minimum waiting time of one year from the time of getting your G1 license. Also, you can go directly to the G Road Test without waiting to get tested for your G2 license. Please note that there is a fee for the G Road Test Booking and that you only have one opportunity to pass the G Road Test. If you fail, you must go back to reacquire the G2 license, and then proceed again to attempt to pass the G Road Test.
Reminder: If you only pay $85 for your G1 license, then you will not be able to book a G2 or G Road Test until you have paid the full fee. To save yourself time and additional hassle in the near future, we recommend that you pay your full fees ahead of time so that we can easily assist you with booking a Road Test.
How Do I Register for the Driving School Courses?
You must have a valid G1 license before you register to any driving school programs, including any in car or in classroom training. Once you have acquired a valid G1 driver’s license, you can call our office to make an appointment to enroll in person in our driving school programs. We require that you please present us with two copies of the back and two copies of the front of your driver’s license (light copies of the front and back for a total of four copies). We also require that you pay by e-transfer, cash or a cheque written out to Learner’s Academy Driving School LTD.
How Do I Book a Road Test?
You must first pay the Road Test fee to the Drive Test Center (click here for current fees). You can call 416-325-8580 to pay your fee and book your appointment (Visa and MasterCard are accepted) or you can visit www.drivetest.ca to make your road test payments and book your appointment online. Please note that if you do not cancel an appointment less than 48 hours in advance or arrive late at the drive test center for your road test, you will be charged a fee of $25 for not cancelling, and an additional fee of $40 for rebooking the G2 road test or $75 for rebooking the G road test. You can only book one road test appointment at a time.
How Do I Acquire a G2 or G License?
You must first acquire a G1 license (please read Acquire a G1 License above). Once you have obtained your G1 license, you can enroll in a BDE certificate program. The BDE defensive driving school course consists of 20 hours of in-classroom training, 10 hours of in-car sessions, and 10 hours of homework (homelink). After successful completion of the BDE course, students may be eligible to request at Service Ontario kiosks the Driver’s Licence History (DLH) which provides proof of successful completion of and graduation from a BDE course and BDE graduates with a DLH may be eligible for an insurance discount.
Once you have completed the required course, you can book an appointment for your G2 road test (approximate waiting time is 2 months). The G2 test fee is $40 and the test is approximately 10 to 15 minutes in length. The test will evaluate your defensive and safe driving skills on commercial and residential roads and in shopping centers roads, as well as your parking maneuvers.
After you pass and retain your G2 license for a minimum period of one year then you can proceed to book a G road test. The cost of the test is $75, and the test is approximately 30 to 40 minutes in length, depending on traffic. The examiner will evaluate your parking maneuvers, defensive driving skills and rules of the roads on commercial and residential roads, in shopping centers roads, and on highways and freeways. Once you pass your G road test you will receive a temporary G license until the official license arrives by mail to your residence. You must complete the Graduated Licensing system within 5 years from the starting date of you G1 license or else you must start all over again, beginning from reacquiring the G1 license.
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