Obtaining a Commercial License

If you aspire to a career as a truck driver in Ontario, Canada, the first step you need to take is to apply to get a commercial driver's license. This handy infographic will give you the information you need to begin the process.

Commercial Driver’s Licence Requirements
You must be at least 16 years old (Class B or E - At least 21 years old.)
Have a valid Class G licence or higher.
You must meet the vision standards established by the MTO.
Ability to meet hearing standards, except Class A and D.
Satisfactory medical examination report.
You must pass a knowledge test.
Passing mark on the applicable road test at DriveTest or from an MTO-recognized authority.

Process for Obtaining a Commercial Vehicle Driver’s Licence
Step 1
Study for the written knowledge test.

Step 2
Complete the medical examination and the medical examination report form.

Step 3
Apply for a licence at the DriveTest Centre.

Step 4
Take a vision test at the DriveTest Centre.

Step 5
Pay the fees at the DriveTest Centre.

Step 6
Complete and pass the written knowledge test.

Step 7
Practise, practise, practise your driving.

Step 8
Book a road test and then take a commercial road test (and/or Z endorsement practical test).

Step 9
Enjoy your commercial licence. Drive safely.
Things To Know
The vision test takes a few minutes - if you need corrective lenses take them.
Fees can be paid by: Cash, Credit card, Debit card, Certified cheque, Bank draft, Money order, and Travellers cheque
The knowledge test takes approximately 30 minutes - no appointment required
You must successfully complete a road test within one year of completing a written test. Otherwise, start again.

Commercial Driver’s Licence Types
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.
Class B: Any school-purpose bus with designed seating capacity for more than 24 passengers.
Class C: Any regular bus with designed seating capacity for more than 24 passengers.
Class D: Any truck or motor vehicle combination exceeding 11,000 kg, provided the towed vehicle is not over 4,600 kg.
Class E: A school-purpose bus with a 24-passenger capacity maximum.
Class F: A regular bus with a maximum 24-passenger capacity and ambulances.
Class A With Condition R: Drivers with a restricted Class A licence condition are prohibited from operating a motor vehicle pulling double trailers or a trailer with air brakes.
Z Endorsement: A Z air brake endorsement is required on a driver’s licence to operate any air-brake-equipped motor vehicle.

Source: https://drivetest.ca/licences/drivers-licences-commercial.html

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