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G Licensing

Getting You Ontario G Licence Feature ImageVirtually all the restrictions that came with your G1 and G2 are lifted once you get your G licence. You can legally drive on all public roads and highways, in any car, van, or small truck at any time of the day. But what do you need to pass the G exam and get your full driver's licence? Learn more Read more »
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G Licensing

Obtaining a Driver’s License

To obtain a driver’s license in Canada, you will need to follow the rules and required documents for each province. Every territory and province has their own restrictions and also required information that is needed. Finding out what exactly is needed means you will need to look into your province’s requirements. Many of the provinces require that you have completed some type of training before you can get your license. This program is often referred to as the graduated driver licensing program and may or may not be used in your province. Once you obtain your license, it will have basic information about you on it including your full name, address, date of birth, height, expiration dates, and also gender. This basic information is on every license no matter what province you live in.

When you want to obtain your license, you must first follow a few steps to make sure that you are prepared and can actually get your license. You will want to make sure to get a driver’s handbook which you typically need to pay for. This book will need to be studied and reviewed. All of the rules of the road and also safe driving practices are included in this book. Once you have studied the book thoroughly, you will then need to obtain your learner’s permit. This will be given to you after successful completion of an exam over the handbook that you have studied. Your vision will also be tested and you must pass this test. If you have bad vision, you will be tested with your corrective lenses on. With your learner’s permit, you are allowed to drive as long as you have an accompanying adult driver that meets the requirements driving with you. You will gain a lot of practice by being able to drive and you will have your learner’s permit for about 1 year.

It is recommended that you gradually start to learn how to drive first and then progress to driving more often. You do not want to start driving on the road right away as other drivers may make you nervous and you may also not be prepared for certain situations. Practicing in an empty parking lot is always a good way to start out because you can slowly navigate your way around and also learn how to get comfortable with the car. After you have had your learner’s permit for a year, you will be able to take a driving test and if you pass it, obtain your driver’s license.

When you begin to drive, it is important to know what the various levels of licencing are. In Ontario, G1 licensing requirements are. A G1 driver is considered to be someone who has a learner’s permit. These are restrictions that you must follow in order to keep your status and license. If you do not follow or adhere to these then you may lose your license or have it suspended. Here are the G1 requirements:

  • G1 drivers must drive with another driver who is licensed and has a minimum of 4 years driving history. The person must be in the front seat with the G1 driver.
  • G1 drivers must always maintain a zero blood alcohol level
  • The number of passengers in a G1’s vehicle cannot exceed the number of seatbelts in the vehicle
  • The licensed driver can be the only other person in the front seat with a G1 driver
  • G1 drivers cannot drive on 400 series highways
  • G1 drivers cannot operate a vehicle between midnight and 5:00 am.

After a G1 license you can graduate to a G2 license. To do this you must pass a driving test before you can gain full license privileges.
It is important to make sure that you know exactly all of the rules behind obtaining and testing for a driver’s license. There are many different rules and regulations surrounding the process and each process is different for each province. It is important to make sure that you always get as much practice as you possibly can when you are learning how to drive. In addition to practice, you need to make sure that you always follow the rules of the road.


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