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Ontario G2 Licence Requirements and Restrictions

April 6, 2017

Ontario G2 Licence Requirements and RestrictionsThere are three stages to the Ontario licensing process; G1, G2, and finally a full, unrestricted, G driver’s licence. In general, G1 drivers need to wait a full year before they can apply for their G2, but you can speed up the process by taking, and passing, a government approved driver’s education course. With a driver’s education course under your belt, you can cut the wait time down to 8 months.

Getting your Ontario G2 Licence

Getting your G2 is different than applying for your G1 because this time around you’ll have to pass a road test, and to do this you’ll want to:

  1. Practice. When you have a G1, you’re considered a beginner driver, and you’ll need to gain experience by practising. To do this, you must always drive with a fully licensed driver who has had their G licence a minimum of four years.
  2. Book your test. Once you feel ready to take the road test, book it with DriveTest.
  3. Take your driving test. You’ll take a 20-minute road test where your driving will be assessed on the following:
    • Driving situations, rules of the road, starting, stopping, turning, and passing
    • Driving through intersections that are controlled and uncontrolled
    • Backing up as well as parallel parking
    • Safe driving practices including driving the speed limit and steering techniques

Conditions and Restrictions of an Ontario G2 Licence

When you pass your G2 driving test, you’ll have fewer driving restrictions. With a G2 licence you can drive anywhere, day or night, alone or with passengers on any road or highway in Ontario. However, there are still conditions that must be honoured. You must only drive when:

  • Your blood alcohol level is zero
  • Your passengers do not exceed the number of working seatbelts within your vehicle

Additionally, G2 drivers aged 19 and under have an extra restriction:

  • Only one passenger under the age of 19 is allowed in the first six months of having your G2 licence, if driving between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. After the six months is up, you may have up to three passengers under the age of 19 in your car.
    • This restriction will not apply if there is a full G licensed person with 4 years of driving experience accompanying the G2 driver, or if the other passengers are members of your immediate family.

Breaking the G2 licence conditions and restrictions comes with hefty consequences: on your first conviction, your licence will be suspended for 30 days; on your second it will be suspended for 90 days; and, on your third conviction you will lose your novice licence all together and have to start over.

Getting traffic tickets with a G2 licence

Failure to obey traffic laws will not only result in a ticket—which as a novice driver can really hurt your auto insurance premiums—but may also earn you demerit points. You start with zero points, and if you are convicted of breaking traffic laws, you gain demerit points which go on your driving record.

A G2 licence means you’re still a new driver, so the penalties will differ from that of a G licensed driver. A fully licensed G driver, for example, will have their licence suspended for 30 days if they have 15 or more demerit points, whereas a G2 licensed driver will have their licence suspended for 60 days if they have 9 demerit points or more.

Getting ready to take your Ontario G2 licence road test

Once you’ve had your G2 licence for at least 12 months, you’ll have gained additional driving experience on roads and highways to prepare you for when you take your G road test. Keep in mind that you have 5 years from when you got your G1 to complete the process of getting your G licence, so if you’re not ready 12 months after passing your G2 road test, you’ve still got time.

G2 Licence Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where can I find more information on G2 licence conditions and restrictions?

    Everything you need to know about getting licensed to drive in Ontario can be found on the provincial government website.

  • Can I buy a car if I have my G2?

    Yes, but before buying a car, you’ll want to get an idea of how much insurance will cost; use InsuranceHotline.com to compare auto insurance quotes to see which cars will cost less to insure.

  • Do I need auto insurance if I have my G2?

    Yes, even if you don’t have your own car but live in a household that does have one, you must be added to the policy.

  • Do I need to notify my insurance company if someone in my household recently became a G2 licensed driver?

    Yes, even if they don’t drive often or at all, they must be listed as being licensed on the auto insurance policy.

Getting your licence in another province?

To see how you can get a licence in another province, other than Ontario, visit:

It’s an exciting time once you have your G2 licence, but remember to drive safely and follow all traffic laws, and you’ll be passing your G road test in no time!

  • Aaron Raymond

    I have my Ontario G2 and it says I can legally drive anytime, day or night in Ontario…What I’d like to know is am I allowed to drive with the same restrictions in Quebec with my Ontario G2? I have a family member in Quebec that I want to visit so that is why I’m trying to find out if I’m allowed to drive there worry-free with my G2. Thank you for any help…

  • InsuranceHotline

    You are best to check with the ministry of transportation in Quebec to see if they regcognize the G2 just to be sure.

  • arlene

    i just passed my G2 last October 2016, can i take my full G license in June or July?

  • InsuranceHotline

    You must wait one full year at the G2 level before you can take the test for a G licence.

  • InsuranceHotline

    You must wait one full year at the G2 level before you can take the test for a G licence.

  • arlene

    Thank you.

  • David

    I f you over 25years driving experience,and over 2 million k,but lost your license cause it was not renewed​, can you speed up the process

  • Maria

    If you are over 20 years old with a G1 liscence do you have to wait a full year to get you’re G2 or it is reduced to 8month?

  • InsuranceHotline

    Regardless of your age, you must wait a full year at the G1 level before you apply for your G2.
    The only way to reduce that period to 8 months is if you take an approved driver’s training course.

  • disqus_phpiI9spMR

    Are you sure that “you have 5 years from when you got your G1 to complete the process of getting your G licence?”

  • InsuranceHotline

    Your G2 expires after 5 years. you will have to renew it. See info via this link https://www.ontario.ca/page/renew-expired-drivers-licence

  • InsuranceHotline
  • InsuranceHotline

    You will have to renew your G2 see info here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/renew-expired-drivers-licence

  • InsuranceHotline

    If the owner of the vehicle permits you to.

  • InsuranceHotline

    A G licence is a more senior licence than a G2. So an employer should prefer that you have the full G licence

  • Peter Blishen

    Thought so, thanks for helping!

    Peter Blishen

    PH:416-784-1514
    Mobile: 647-242-8264

  • InsuranceHotline

    you are best to check with the Ministry of Transportation in Ontario to see if they will exchange. Here is a link to their site
    http://www.mto.gov.on.ca

  • InsuranceHotline

    No. you will have to take the G2 road test.

  • Matthew Tkach

    The restrictions for the g1 are so stupid I have to wait a year to drive by myself so dumb

  • Bruce Chatterton

    My son has a G2 from Ontario.
    We’re planning on driving out to Alberta this summer through the US.
    Is he allowed to drive as well ?

  • InsuranceHotline

    It’s a good idea to check with the DMV in the states that you will be driving through to see if your son’s G2 is a valid licence for those states.

  • Roger

    Because stats say the young male drivers are much more likely to get into an accident. However, these days with texting and driving, I can see that stat evening out slowly.

  • kiosimoto09 .

    Mississauga too. It’s absolutely brutal it’s like no one there knows where they’re going.

  • aestheticsuj

    I got my G2 last week and am allowed to drive my mom’s car. I was wondering if I’d need to be added onto their insurance plan or anything before I’m legally allowed.

  • InsuranceHotline

    If you live with your mom then you should be added to her policy if you drive her vehicle. However, if you have your mother’s permission to drive her vehicle even if you are not added to the policy, you will be insured under her insurance company. If you get into an accident, the insurance company may then automatically add you to her policy.

  • Art Murphy

    G2 driver under dad’s insurance policy living somewhere else does she have to change address with Insurance and drivers license

  • InsuranceHotline

    If the G2 driver has a vehicle that is parked 100% of the time at a different location than what is listed on the dad’s auto insurance policy they should advise the insurance company. The G2 driver should notify the MTO if their permanent address is different than what is listed on their licence.

  • InsuranceHotline

    You should let them know. There won’t be a “penalty” but they may add you on and charge back to the effective the date that you got your G2.
    Your parents should let their insurance company know that you will be going away to school. They may offer them a discount since you won’t have access to the vehicle for most of the year.

  • H.d.

    If I got my G1 in June. And got the MTO now does that mean I could get my h2 in 4 months since I have 8 months left in my year already?

  • InsuranceHotline

    If you take driver’s training through an approved school you can get take your G2 test 8 month after you get your G1

  • Dylan C-Y

    Hey I’m about to take my G1 exit test and was going to use my girlfriend’s car.

    Do I need to buy my own insurance at all simply to take the test with a licensed instructor in the passenger seat? Assuming she’s the one who drives me to the test itself, am I allowed to be “uninsured” as a person for the test itself?

  • InsuranceHotline

    if you have your girlfriend’s permission to use her vehicle then you would be insured for the coverage your girlfriend purchased under her policy while the driving examiner is in the passenger seat.

  • Glen Orsak

    My son (17) has his G2 and was just in a minor accident with a car registered in my wife’s name. He is registered as an occasional driver. The accident was 100% the other driver’s fault – he was rear-ended while waiting to turn left. What should we be doing to ensure that his driving record is not affected and to ensure that insurance policy implications are mitigated?????

  • InsuranceHotline

    When you speak with your insurance adjuster find out what section of the policy they are going to be paying your claim under.
    Since your son was rear ended the damage to your vehicle should be paid out under the “direct compensation” section of your policy. If they payment is made under that section of the policy it is registered as a not at fault loss.

  • InsuranceHotline

    Since your G1 was suspended for 3 months it is likely that you will have to begin the whole G1 process again.

  • Holly

    I’m a G1 driver and took a MTO-recognized driving course along with the in-car lessons. I’m hoping to take my G2 road test soon and was wondering if I am able to use my sister’s car even though I am not insured under it.

  • Holly Raycroft

    I am a G1 driver and have taken an MTO-recognized drivers course and have completed the 10 hour of in-car lessons. I can take my G2 road test but am wondering if I can use my sister’s car for my road test. I am not insured under the car and do not know if this will cause some sort of problem.

  • InsuranceHotline

    As long as you have your sisters permission to drive her vehicle, you will be covered under her policy as long as you have a fully licenced driver in the passenger seat.