Getting Your Ontario G Licence

By Monique Hutson
A young woman driving her car with her face shown in the rearview mirror.

Obtaining your full G-class licence is the final stop in the Ontario graduated licensing program. Virtually all the restrictions that came with your G1 and G2 licence are lifted once you receive 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.

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From G1 to G2 to G, the process for getting your full driver’s licence takes a minimum of two years, allowing you a considerable amount of time to develop the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to become a competent and safe driver. Another upside of having your full licence is that you can’t be sent back through the graduated system again unless your licence is suspended.

How to Get Your Ontario G Licence

From the moment you pass your G1 test, you have up to five years to obtain your G2 and, subsequently, your G licence. If you do not achieve your G licence within five years, you will need to start the process over and will be required to take the G1 test again.

Before you can get your G licence, however, you must first obtain your G1 licence followed by a G2 licence, which requires you to pass an eye exam, a written knowledge test, and two road tests. You’ll typically have your G1 licence and G2 licence for 12 months each, after which you can apply to take the G road test.

Did you know? If you complete and pass a government-approved driver education course while you have your G1, you can take your first road test (to get your G2) after eight months.

To get your full G licence, you must pass a road test, similar to the G2 test, but more advanced and will include driving skills like parallel parking and highway driving. The test usually runs about 30 minutes.

What You Need to Know for Your G Road Test

While the road test to get your G2 assesses basic driving skills and does not consist of highway driving, the G test specifically tests expressway driving to ensure you can drive on the highway at high speeds.

The bulk of the G test examines how you enter, merge into, drive along and exit expressways where the speed limit exceeds 80 km/hr. However, basic driving skills are also examined, such as:

  • Proper signalling and speed
  • Left and right turns
  • Stopping at and passing through intersections
  • Proper lane use and observation skills
  • Mirror use and blind spot checking
  • Lane changes
  • Roadside stops
  • Driving along curves
  • Space management
  • Defensive driving
  • Driving in business and residential areas
  • Parallel parking
  • Three-point turns

G Licence Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any restrictions to having your G licence?

If you have your G licence but are 21 years old or younger, you must have a zero-blood alcohol level when driving. There’s also a zero-tolerance level for cannabis.

Is there any way to fast track the waiting period between getting my G2 and taking the G test?

No. Unlike the G2 test which can be fast-tracked if you take a driver’s training course, there is no way to fast track the G test. You must wait 12 months after getting your G2 before you can apply to take your G test. This gives you ample time to practice freeway driving and build experience in preparation for your G test.

Will my insurance rates decrease if I have my G licence?

As a fully licensed driver, the expectation is that you have advanced driving knowledge and more experience on the road which should mean you’re at a lower risk of getting into an accident. Assuming you’re both collision-free and ticket-free, when you obtain your G licence, insurance rates are typically cheaper than they were when you held just a G2 licence.

Ensure that you inform your insurance carrier when you receive your G licence to see how much you can save. And while you can save on your rate by being a fully licensed driver, you could probably save more but only if you shop around for auto insurance.

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