Out Of Country Drivers
Requirements for all Out of Country driver's licence applicants -
OUT OF COUNTRY DRIVERS
If you are a newcomer to Ontario and hold a driver's licence from another province or country, you are required to apply for an Ontario driver's licence within 60 days of residing in Ontario. If you hold a non-Ontario licence, you are legally allowed to drive in Ontario for 60 days before an exchange is required.
All applicants from jurisdictions that do not have a licence exchange agreement1 with Ontario.
If you are new to Ontario
and would like to apply for an Ontario
driver’s licence, the following information will help you understand the
graduated licencing system in Ontario.
In Ontario, you must
be at least 16 years of age and have a valid Ontario driver’s licence to drive in
the province. If you are a newcomer to Ontario
and hold a driver’s licence from another province or country, you are
required to apply for an Ontario
driver’s licence within 60 days of residing in Ontario. If you hold a non-Ontario licence,
you are legally allowed to drive in Ontario
for 60 days before an exchange or application is required.
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). 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.
Credit for Previous Experience:
Applicants from jurisdictions not covered by
exchange agreements may qualify for reductions in mandatory test and wait
Credit of previous driving experience is only
applicable for class G licences and does not apply to commercial licences.
You will still be required to complete a vision
and pass the knowledge test. You may wish to obtain a copy of the
Driver’s Handbook to study for the knowledge test.
Credit of previous driving experience is subject to
compliance with the following four requirements:
1. Acceptable Identification
If you cannot meet the
identification requirements you cannot proceed with this process. Identification
must be original and valid.
If there is any variation in
the names on the legal identification you present and the name that appears
your licence, you will need to provide acceptable identification to link the
2. Valid Drivers
- You are required
to present your valid driver’s licence. An expired driver’s licence
is not acceptable. If your valid driver’s licence is not in
English or French, it must be accompanied by an English or French translation2 from a Ministry recognized translator.
- The licence must
include an expiry date. If your licence does not include an expiry date, it
still be possible to have experience granted.
- You are not
required to surrender your licence.
3. Amount of Experience
Provided a minimum of 12
months experience is declared at the time of the initial application, further
experience may be granted. Dependent on the length of previous experienced
declared, the following requirements must be met:
Mandatory Wait Times
Less than 12 months
12 to 24 months
Mandatory wait times only apply to G
Greater than 24 months
An unsuccessful G Test will result in a
mandatory G2 Test to continue
4. Letters of Authentication
An original Letter of Authentication
in the support of the licence being presented is mandatory when claiming more than 12 months previous driving
The Letter of
- May be acquired
from the Embassy, Consulate or High Commissioner’s Office representing
the originating jurisdiction, OR from the jurisdiction that originally issued
the licence, validating the authenticity of the licence.
- Must be on
the originator’s official letterhead paper.
- Must be dated no
more than 6 months prior to application date.
- Must clearly
state that it is certifying the duration of the applicant’s driving
experience and that the licence to which it refers is valid – the licence
cannot be expired or suspended.
- If not in
English or French must be translated by a Ministry recognize translator.
between Ontario and: other Canadian provinces and territories, Canadian Forces Europe, U.S.A.,
Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Germany, Isle of Man,
Japan, Korea, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Switzerland.
2 If the original licence is
in English or French, a licence translation is not required if a supporting
Letter of Authentication from the Embassy, Consulate or High
Commissioner’s Office in either English or French is provided.
Duration of Experience