Road Test Information and Requirements
If you have a road test appointment scheduled or if you will be scheduling a road test appointment in the future, please review the information on the Road Test Preparation Fact Sheet. The following additional information will also help you prepare for your road test:
Scheduling a Road Test
All road test fees must be pre-paid before you can book for a road test appointment. Pre-paid examination fees are valid for a six year period from the date of payment. Any fees not used before the six year period (including request for refunds) are non-refundable.
If you fail to attend or cancel the road test appointment at least 48 hours before road test appointment, you will lose your pre-paid road test fee. However, you will not lose your road test fee, if one of the following conditions applies to you:
- Inclement weather (e.g. hazardous freezing rain or snow in an area near the DriveTest Centre) prevents the applicant from reaching the DriveTest Centre. The request to re-schedule the test must be made within 3 days of the missed appointment. After 3 business days, proof must be provided in order to receive a subsequent appointment (e.g. newspaper article covering extreme bad weather on date of appointment). In the event of inclement weather conditions, please call 1-888-570-6110 where a broadcast message is played to all callers regarding road test cancellations.
- Death in the immediate family - proof required
- Sickness or injury of the applicant or in the immediate family - proof required
- Jury duty - proof required
- Incarceration (imprisonment) – proof required
- Applicant receives a verified unscheduled call to work or is required by his/her employer to work overtime - proof required
“Novice” drivers may not book a road test after their expiry date. These applicants must start the graduated licence process over again.
To book, cancel or re-schedule a road test appointment, please refer to our Test Booking Page
The Day of the Road Test
On the day of the road test, please arrive 30 minutes early to complete check-in procedures. If you arrive or check-in late, you may have to re-schedule your appointment for another day and will lose your pre-paid road test fee. You will also lose your pre-paid road test fee if you fail to show up for your road test appointment.
Road tests are also available in French at French-designated DriveTest Centres. Please refer to our Locations Page for a list of French designated centres. You may contact the designated French DriveTest Centre of your choice for enquiries regarding French-speaking Driver Examiners. When you arrive for your road test appointment, please request for a French-speaking Driver Examiner at the dispatch counter.
You must bring your vehicle to our road test. Make sure it is a vehicle of the appropriate class and is in good working order. Bring your current licence on the day of your road test appointment. If you are a G1 driver, a fully licenced driver with at least four years of driving experience must accompany you to a DriveTest Centre.
During the road test, no pets or passengers, other than the Driver Examiner are allowed in the vehicle. The Driver Examiner may stop or refuse to start the driving test if:
- your vehicle is not in good working order or the licence plate validation has expired;
- you have been drinking alcohol or show any signs of impairment from alcohol or drugs;
- your driving skills are not good enough to finish the test without risking the safety of yourself, the Examiner or other road users.
Rental cars are allowed for a road test; however, it is the applicant’s responsibility to arrange for liability insurance with the rental car provider. All DriveTest Centres do not provide car rentals to applicants.
The Driver Examiner will explain the test and you should simply follow her or his instructions. The Driver Examiner is not allowed to coach you during the test, so if you have any questions, ask them before you begin.
At the end of each test, the Driver Examiner will give you a complete report of your skills and explain any mistakes you made.
You may take as many road tests as you want until you pass, provided your driver’s licence is valid; however, there is a ten-day wait period before you are able to attempt subsequent G2 or G tests.
Note: Panel vans are passenger vehicles that do not have side windows and are not allowed on a G1 or G2 road test.
Please be advised that Low-Speed Vehicles cannot be used for road tests. For more information about LSVs, please visit the Ministry of Transportation’s New and Alternative Vehicles website at http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/dandv/vehicle/emerging/index.shtml#low
Applicants who are enrolled on or after Sept. 29, 2008 in a BDE program with an MTO approved Course Provider or Driving School will be certified online after course completion. DriveTest will not accept paper certificates in lieu of online certification. Please be advised that you will not be permitted to take a road test if you have not been certified online by your Course Provider or Driving School.
Road Test Results
DriveTest makes every effort to ensure that all road tests are undertaken in a fair and equitable manner, and that consistency in marking standards is maintained throughout the Province. Our examiners are trained to meet the standards prescribed by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) and undergo regular maintenance training and verification processes.
At the end of a road test you will be advised by the examiner whether or not you have been successful and will be given a brief summary of your performance - this will be recorded on the score sheet of which you will receive a copy. The score sheet will show you where you need to improve.
If you have any concerns regarding the outcome of a road test, your first step is to ask your examiner for clarification. If you require further information or assistance, ask to speak to the supervisor. To facilitate prompt response, all queries should initially be addressed to the centre at which the test was conducted.
If you wish to express your concerns in writing, please see our Contact Us page.
A temporary driver's licence will be issued to applicants once they passed their road test. The temporary driver's licence is valid for 90 days. It will take 4 to 6 weeks before the permanent driver's licence is received.
If your temporary driver's licence is near its expiry date and you have not received your permanent licence, you may visit the nearest ServiceOntario centre where a temporary driver's licence will be issued to you.
It is illegal to drive with an expired temporary driver's licence.
Motorcycle Road Tests
Motorcycle road tests appointments (all levels) will be available from May 1st through to October 15th each year weather permitting. Cancellations due to weather conditions will be rescheduled on the first available date. The M1 licence must be held at least 60 days before you are eligible to attempt the M2 road test. The licence is valid for 90 days. Please plan the completion of your motorcycle knowledge test accordingly.
You may take as many road tests as you want until you pass, provided your driver’s licence is valid; however, there is a three-day wait before you are able to attempt subsequent tests for an M2 or M.
It is suggested that you wear either a full-face helmet or a 3/4 helmet during your motorcycle road test to enable you to better hear the Driver Examiner's instructions during the road test. These helmets secure the ear buds better in place and hence eliminates street and wind noise that interferes with your ability to hear the Driver Examiner's instructions.
Changes to Ontario’s daily driver vehicle inspections took effect in July 2007. These inspections are also known as “trip inspections”, pre-trip inspections and “circle checks”. These changes will affect the controlled class knowledge tests and your controlled class road test for daily driver vehicle inspection. The pre-trip inspection on your road test is a condensed version of the minimum check required under the law.
The new regulation can be viewed at: Highway Traffic Act / Ontario Regulation 199/07 (Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspections), made under the Highway Traffic Act.
For complete details, including sample inspection reports and schedules, please visit MTO’s website at:
The following should only be used as a guide in conjunction with your handbook to help you prepare for your knowledge and road tests.
Major Changes to Pre-Trip Inspection Requirements
- The list of vehicle defects has been revised.
- Vehicle defects are now differentiated between "major" and "minor".
- "Major" defects, which pose an imminent safety risk, are to be recorded and reported by the driver, and must be repaired immediately.
- "Minor" defects, which are related to vehicle maintenance, are to be recorded and reported by the driver.
2. Drivers are now required to continually monitor the vehicle during the course of a trip to detect the presence of major or minor defects.
Changes to Your Road Test Pre-Trip Inspection
In addition to the items you are currently required to check for; you are now also required to check the following items as part of your circle check:
You are no longer required to check the following items during the pre-trip inspection (circle check) on your road test:
- oil and coolant levels
- drive belts and hoses (for loose wires or leaks)
At the beginning of the road test, the driver examiner will explain what you will be required to do during the road test. The driver examiner is not allowed to coach you during the test so if you have any questions, please ask them before you begin.
The driver examiner will also ask you two questions prior to commencing the road test:
- Do you require glasses or corrective lenses for driving?
- Do you suffer, or have you ever been advised by a physician that you suffer from heart disease, stroke, diabetes requiring insulin to control, epilepsy, seizure disorder, loss of consciousness or awareness, or any other health condition or physical handicap that would impede you from driving a vehicle safely?
Please note that you are required by law to declare any of the above condition. The maximum penalty for making a false statement is a fine and/or imprisonment and/or a driver’s licence suspension.
Will your vehicle pass the Test?
The driver examiner must perform a basic pre-test vehicle check to ensure that your vehicle is fit for the purpose of a road test. The driver examiner may request your assistance to ensure that your vehicle is safe for the road test (i.e. operating the turn signals, brake lights, etc). If one of the following items is detected, your road test appointment will be cancelled and you will lose 50% of your road test fee and must pay the outstanding 50% in order to schedule another road test:
- Vehicle equipped with ignition interlock device but no ignition interlock (l) condition on licence.
- Ignition interlock device not installed if a requirement exists.
- Roof down and/or unsecured (convertible style vehicle).
- Non-functional or uninstalled door(s) (door does not open and/or does not close).
- Non-functional dual brakes (driving instructor vehicle).
- Non-functional foot brake.
- Non-functional or missing seat belt (applicant or examiner).
- Non-functional right/left brake light.
- Non-functional turn signal.
- Non-functional head lights or tail lights (darkness and/or limited ability).
- Non-functional windshield wipers or no washer fluid (if weather condition warrant).
- Non-functional defroster/defogger (if weather conditions warrant).
- Non-functional horn or speedometer.
- Damaged windshield with cracks, stars, etc.
- Not secured or missing seat.
- No rear bumper.
- No mirror.
- Flat tire, or a temporary tire on any wheel.
- Defective tires.
- More than one wheel nut missing on a wheel.
- Unsecured or defective muffler.
- Obvious fuel leaks.
- Fumes in vehicle.
- Unsecured vehicle parts (i.e. hood).
- Unclean vehicle that poses health risk to the examiner.
- Visible or audible defects that contravene the Highway Traffic Act.
- Defect that affects the safe operation of a vehicle.
- Brake found out-of-adjustment during air brake practical test, applicant completes air brake practical test but accompanying road test cannot proceed.
In addition, your road test appointment will be cancelled and you will lose 50% of your pre-paid road test fee if one of the following is detected:
- Inability to provide an acceptable breath sample (over preset level) for ignition interlock device.
- Passenger(s) or pet(s) in vehicle.
- Insects in vehicle that pose health risk to examiner.
- Unsecured contents (i.e. work vehicle).
- Unacceptable permit: invalid/missing sticker, expired 10-day permit or in-transit permit.
- Altered vehicle plate.
- Flammable goods or compressed gas.
- Not wearing corrective lenses if a requirement exists.
- Refuse to wear seat belt before or during road test.
- Arrive for road test with no vehicle.
- Arrive for motorcycle road test with no helmet.
- Vehicle with yellow/black Dealer and Service plate and vehicle permit indicates plate series SPR.
- Schedule wrong class of road test based on vehicle configuration/weight.
- Schedule wrong class of road test in error (i.e. books G2 road test instead of G).
- Insufficient G2 highway experience.
- Vehicle equipped with air brakes but applicant does not hold endorsement, applicant has not completed air brake course, applicant is not taking the air brake Z endorsement practical test along with the road test.
- Applicant does not produce a daily trip inspection report prior to road test or inspection report is more than 24 hours old (e.g. classes A or D, C or F).
- Related to point above, a vehicle rented/leased for the purpose of a road test is exempt from the daily trip inspection report; however, the rental agreement must be viewed and the vehicle must have been rented no longer than 30 days prior to the date of the road test.
- Vehicle used by class A applicant from a truck training does not comply with the class A minimum vehicle configuration requirement.
- Applicant attempting air brake endorsement practical tests does not have the required air brake items to proceed with test.
- BDE enrolled applicant is not certified by their Driving School on the day of the scheduled road test.
Note: If you are using a vehicle that does not belong to you (e.g. driving instructor’s vehicle) and an item noted above is detected, you will lose 50% of your road test fee and must pay the remaining 50% in order to schedule another road test.
Your road test appointment will be cancelled and may be re-scheduled at no charge if:
- You are unable to provide a breath sample at the beginning of test to start vehicle or during a rolling retest for interlock device (due to the device).
- Vehicle will not start.
- Fall ill during the road test.
- Involved in a “not at fault” collision during road test.
- Vehicle defect becomes apparent during the test (e.g. stalls repeatedly, flat tire, fails to accelerate, exhaust system falls off, extreme vibrations/noise).
- Medical condition prevents road test from proceeding.
- Outstanding fees owing to MTO prevent road test from proceeding (e.g. reinstatement, NSF).
G Road Test – Expressway Test
If you are taking the G Road Test (Expressway Test), you will be required to declare your driving experience to ensure that you have sufficient expressway driving experience in order to proceed with the road test. You have to declare how many times in the three months before the road test you have driving on a 400-series highway and/or on a highway with a speed limit of at least 80 km/hr. You must have driven at least 5 times on a highway with a speed limit of least 80 km/hr and /or a 400 series highway. You are also required to indicate the average length of these trips (i.e., under 5 km, between 5 and 15 km, over 15 km). The 400-series highways include: 400, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 409, 410, 416, 417, 420, 427, Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW), Don Valley Parkway (DVP), Gardiner Expressway, E. C. Row Expressway, and the Conestoga Parkway. Please ensure that you have the required highway driving experience prior to your road test appointment or your appointment will be cancelled and you will lose 50% of your road test fee.
Study the Official Driver’s Handbook prior to your road test appointment.