OBTAINING a Driver's Licence

Introduction to Driving in Ontario

An Ontario driver's licence is your proof of your privilege to drive. You must carry it with you whenever you drive. Ontario has introduced a one-piece plastic driver's licence. The licence has a digitized photograph and signature of the driver. 

A driver's licence includes your name, address, signature, date of birth, gender, height, licence class, date of licence issue, expiry date, and codes showing which class of vehicles you may drive and any applicable conditions (for example, an "X" condition means you require corrective lenses for driving).

Process of Getting a Driver’s Licence in Ontario

  • You must be 16 years of age to be eligible for a Driver’s Licence in Ontario.  A newcomer to Ontario who holds a driver’s licence from another province or country is required to apply for an Ontario driver's licence within 60 days of taking up residence in the province

o   If you are a newcomer from a non-reciprocating country, additional requirements are found on http://www.drivetest.ca/EN/licencing/Pages/Out-of-Country-Drivers.aspx.

o   If you are a newcomer from a reciprocating country, additional requirements are found on http://www.drivetest.ca/EN/licencing/Pages/Exchanging-a-Reciprocal-Licence.aspx.  With the exception of Japan, reciprocating countries are required to surrender their licence for an exchange.

  • Once you have completed the requirements you will be issued a temporary driver’s licence. 

o   The temporary driver’s licence enables you to drive and is valid for 90 days.  Provided you have supplied the correct address at the time of application or successful completion of the knowledge test, you can expect to receive your permanent licence in the mail in approximately 4 to 6 weeks. If you do not receive your permanent driver’s licence before the expiry date on your temporary driver’s licence, please visit your local Service Ontario Centre to extend your temporary driver’s licence


Note: Holders of a G1 licence require the accompaniment of a fully licenced driver in the vehicle in order to drive.

Information on the following topics may be found on the Ministry of Transportation Ontario  website:

Changing Information on a Driver's Licence

Demerit Point System

Getting a Driving Record

Graduated Licencing System

Renewing a Driver's Licence

Replacing a Lost or Stolen Licence 

Reinstating a Suspended Licence 

Senior Drivers in Ontario 

Test for Seniors