Driver Testing

There are a number of tests the Ontario Ministry of Transportation requires an individual to take when applying for a driver's licence. The tests will depend on both the type of licence you are applying for and your driving status.

Note: For Test fees, please refer to the Licence Fees page.

Knowledge Tests

Knowledge tests determine whether or not you have a good understanding of the rules of the road and traffic signs. New drivers are required to take a knowledge test and a vision test. Individuals who are renewing, reinstating or exchanging their licence may also be required to take a knowledge test and possibly a vision test as well.

Knowledge or written tests for all licence classes are offered in all our DriveTest Centres

G1 knowledge or written tests are offered in the following languages at all of our DriveTest Centre locations

Chinese Greek Punjabi
Croatian Hindi Russian
English Italian Somali
Finnish Korean Spanish
French Polish Tamil
German Portuguese

G1 knowledge or written tests at our Travel Points are offered in English and French; however, if you wish to take your knowledge test in another language we offer, please contact the Home DriveTest Centre of the Travel Point (1-888-570-6110, option 2  from the main menu) a few days prior to taking the test.  The Home DriveTest Centre of the Travel Points is listed in our Locations Page.

Commercial and Motorcycle knowledge or written tests are only offered in English and French.

Oral knowledge tests are conducted at all Driver Examination Centres by appointment only. If a translator or interpreter is required by the applicant, the translator or interpreter must meet the criteria outlined under "Qualifications of Interpreters and Translators"

Knowledge or written tests for commercial licence upgrades are valid for one year.  In the case where all requirements are not fulfilled for upgrade within one year of written test date, the written test must be redone.

There is no appointment required for written tests.  Written tests are available on a first come, first serve basis.  To allow sufficient time to process a vision test and complete the written test, it is highly recommended that applicants arrive at least one hour prior to office close.

Vision Tests

Applicants will be tested for visual acuity (VA) and horizontal visual field (peripheral vision).  The applicant must meet the minimum visual requirements in order for a licence to be issued.  If the applicant fails to meet the vision requirement, the applicant will be advised to get an evaluation from a qualified vision specialist before processing can continue.

Class of Licence: G1, M1, G2, M2, M2 (L), G, M, M(L), and Driving Instructor

Minimum Vision Requirements:

  • Must not be poorer than 20/50, with both eyes open and examined together with or without the aid of corrective lenses,
  • 120o horizontal visual field (peripheral vision) reading in total.
Class of Licence: A,B,C,D,E,F

Minimum Vision Requirements:
  • Must not be poorer than 20/30 with both eyes open and examined together and not poorer than 20/100 in the weaker eye, with or without the aid of corrective lenses.
  • 150o horizontal visual field (peripheral vision) reading in total.

If you do not meet the vision test standards, you will be provided with a form to be completed by your vision specialist before you can proceed further.

Drivers who require glasses or corrective lenses for driving will be issued a condition “x” on their licence.  If you no longer require glasses or corrective lenses for driving, this condition can be removed by visiting a DriveTest Centre to either:

  • Complete a vision test
  • Submit a completed vision form from your vision specialist which indicates that you meet the vision acuity and peripheral standards for the class of licence that you hold.

Road Tests

Road tests assess your driving skills. You are tested on your ability to apply the rules of the road and safe driving practices. The G2 road test consists of basic driving skills and manoeuvres while the G road test includes more advanced driving skills, as well as a highway component.

Ontario
’s graduated licencing system has two levels: level 1 or class G1 and level 2 or class G2. For individuals who have never driven before, you will be required to complete one year of driving before you qualify to take the first level road test (G2 road test). If you have completed a Driver Education Course at a Ministry recognized driving school, your eligibility requirement will be reduced by four months. Once you pass the first level road test, you will be granted a "G2" licence. You will be required to practice driving for one full year after obtaining your "G2" licence before you qualify for the second level road test (G road test). Passing the second level road test (G road test) will earn you a full "G" licence.

You must complete the two levels of licencing (“G1” and “G2”) within five years or you will be required to re-commence the Graduated Licencing System.

For additional information regarding road tests, please see ‘Road Test Information and Requirements

Senior Tests

Once drivers reach 80 years of age, every two years they must:

  • Take a vision test
  • Undergo a driver record review
  • Participate in a 45-minute Group Education Session (GES)
  • During the GES, complete two, brief, non-computerized in-class screening assignments

This entire renewal process will take a total of about 90 minutes. Some participants might also have to take a G2 road test. The MTO counselor at the group education session will make that decision. If a G2 road test is required, a fully licensed G driver with over 4 years experience must accompany senior drivers on the day of their road test.

Drivers 70 years of age and over who have been involved in a collision must pass three tests: vision, knowledge and a G road test (with highway component). 

For additional information regarding senior drivers tests, please seeSenior Drivers in Ontario’.