How Does the Graduated License System Work in Ontario?

So now you’ve been able to learn how to drive and you want to get your driver’s license. But you are not quite sure how the process works. The Canadian driver’s licensing system can seem a little complicated. Below are some details on how the graduated license system works. Review them carefully, and check your local province laws for specific details and restrictions of each requirement.

The Licensing Process Has Four Basic Components

Graduated License SystemHere is the summary of how to get your full G license. First, you will need to get your G1 license (there is at least a 12-month waiting period before you can take your driving test). Next, you must take the G1 road test. Afterward, you can obtain your G2 license. Then, you are able to get your full G license.

This is the process of the Graduated Licensing System, or GLS, used in Canada. The GLS system’s goal is to give novice drivers the experience they need before freely driving with a full G license. The GLS system takes about 20 to 24 months to complete. You will have up to five years to complete the process, but if don’t, you will have to start the process over again. Be diligent in following the rules in order to avoid wasting your time and spending more money.

G1 License

A G1 license is another name for a learner’s permit. Depending on your province there may be two stages or more to obtain a G1 license. In order to get your G1 license, there are three basic requirements you will need to meet. First, you must be at least 16 years old. Second, you must pass an eye exam. Finally, you must pass a written exam about road laws and traffic signs.

In preparation for your written exam, you can visit your local driving licensing centre to get the Driver’s Handbook or read online for driving rules and regulations. Online, the handbook can be found directly on the MTO website. After you have passed your written exam, you can obtain a G1 license, which is a beginner’s license. Before applying for this license, make sure you have all your necessary documents of identification together. In most cases, you can only take your first road test after driving for 12 months on a G1 license. Remember, G1 license drivers have permission to drive only with a fully licensed driver. The fully licensed driver must have at least four years of driving experience to qualify. One important fact to keep in mind is that the law sets limits on your driving with a G1 license. Restrictions across Canada vary, but one restriction is the same; you must be with an experienced licensed driver while driving a vehicle.

G2 License

For at least 12 months after you’ve gained your G1 license, you can take your G2 road test. If you received driver’s training, you will be eligible to take your G2 road test sooner. After you’ve attained the G2 license, you can drive without an experienced driver.

Although with a G2 license most of your restrictions are removed, you must still keep a 0% blood alcohol level. Furthermore, if you’re 21 years or younger, there are restrictions with the types of passengers you can have in your vehicle. There also may be restrictions on what times you are allowed to drive on the road. It is important to check the rules of your local province.

Full G License

For you to get your full G license, you must have a G2 license for at least 12 months. Again, if you have had driver’s training, you can get your G license in fewer months. Once you pass the G2 road test, you will have officially completed the Graduated Licensing Program and will attain a full G license. If you are 21 years or older, you can drive without any restrictions. However, if you’re 21 years old or younger, there are still some restrictions. Again, please check with your local province for any additional restrictions.