If this is your first time getting a driver’s licence, you will need to go through 3 steps. In Ontario, you need to get a G1, G2, and finally a G licence to drive anywhere in Canada.

You Will Need:

  • To be over 16 years old
  • Identification – (1) a personal ID, like a health card, AND (2) a foreign or Canadian passport, citizenship card, a Permanent Residency Card (PRC) or other permanent immigration documents, or temporary immigration documents.
  • Money
  • Time
  • A Car (for the road tests)

Step 1: Get Your G1

To get your first licence (G1) you will need to take a written test. To prepare for the test, order or read the Driver’s Handbook online for rules and regulations of driving in Ontario.

  • After you get familiar with driving rules, go to a DriveTest Driver’s Examination Centre near you to write the test.
  • You need to bring personal identification AND proof of immigration status with you to take the test.
  • The G1 written test costs $10.00. However, when you go to a DriveTest Driver's Examination Centre, you will be asked to pay $125.00.
    • $10.00 towards your first G1 test.
    • $75.00 towards your 5 year licence. 
    • $40.00 towards your first G2 road test.
  • If you fail your first G1 test and wish to write it again, you will have to pay another $10.00.

You can write this test in different languages so check with your local Driver Exam Centre to see which languages are available. To help you write the test in your own language, many community organizations have translated versions of the Driver’s Handbook.

You should know:

Once you pass your G1 written test, you must wait one year before you can take the road test to get your G2. If you are registered in a driving school, you only have to wait 8 months. Find driving schools near you.

Step 2: Get Your G2

You need to take a G1 “road test” to get your G2. This means that you will be tested on your ability to drive safely and follow Ontario’s driving rules.

  • When you think you are ready to take this test or have completed driving school, you should book a test with DriveTest.
  • You need to have a valid G1 driver’s licence number with you to book your test.
  • You also need to bring a car, your G1 driver’s licence, and a fully licensed driver who has been driving for at least four years.
  • This test will cost you $40.00. If you paid $125.00 during your G1 test, you won't have to pay anything for your first G2 test.

You should know:

Once you get your G2, you must wait one year before you can take the road test to get your full licence (G).

Step 3: Get Your Full (G) Licence

You need to take a G2 “road test” to get your full G licence. You will be tested on more advanced driving skills. The process of getting your G is similar to getting your G2:

  • When you think you are ready to take this test you should book a test with DriveTest.
  • You need your valid G2 drivers licence number to book your test.
  • You also need to bring a car and your G2 driver’s licence.
  • This test will cost you $75.00.

There are many rules you need to follow after you get your licences. These include the number of people you can have in your car, what level of alcohol you are allowed to have, and certain places you are allowed to drive. Make sure to look up or ask about the full list of rules so you don’t accidentally break them!


Waiting for my G2

Say I'm an international student, but i've been driving for a considerable amount of time, albeit in my country (Nigeria) and have a certified license from there, do i still have to wait 1yr to obtain my G2?

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Need a License

Hi, I'm a new immigrant here and wanted to have a drivers license. After how many days I will get my license after passing G1. I need it as photo proof ID.

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Need a License

Hello Raj, 

Thank you for your question. Once you have competed your G1 test, you can expect to wait anywhere between 2-8 weeks for your ID to come in the mail. In the meantime, you are permitted to drive with your G1 licence provided you drive with a fully licensed driver who has:

  • at least four years of driving experience
  • a blood alcohol level of less than .05 (if this person is 21 and under, their blood alcohol level should be zero)

I hope that helps,




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Drivers test

If you take your test & fail how soon do you have to wait before you can try again? Can you go the very next day?

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