There 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.
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- Related Read: Ontario G1 Licence Requirements and Restrictions
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:
- 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.
- Book your test: Once you feel ready to take the road test, you can schedule it online at DriveTest, or your driver’s instructor may do this for you.
- Take your driving test: You’ll take a 20-minute road test, also referred to as the city test, where your driving will be assessed on the following:
- Driving situations and rules of the road
- Basic starting, stopping, turning, and passing
- Backing up, three-point turn, and parallel parking
- Driving through intersections that are controlled and uncontrolled
- Safe driving practices including driving the speed limit, steering techniques, and a roadside stop
- Highway driving including merging and a lane change
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
In addition, G2 drivers aged 19 and under have an extra restriction. They can only drive with one passenger who is age 19 or under, within 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 age 19 or under 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 (brother, sister or parent).
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 Ontario 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.
Under the “escalating penalties program”, drivers with their G2 licence may also face additional consequences if they violate the Ontario Highway Traffic Act. 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.
If you are required to start the graduated licensing process over, you will need to pay all fees and take all tests again. Additionally, none of your time behind the wheel will be credited towards round two.
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 taking the 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.
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G2 Licence Frequently Asked Questions
As a G2-licensed driver, you have been on the road for a minimum 8 to 12 months already. However, there is still a lot of experience to be gained and questions to be answered. Here are the top questions asked by G2 drivers about licences and insurance:
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, or in the Official Ministry of Transportation (MTO) Driver’s Handbook.
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. Compare auto insurance quotes at InsuranceHotline.com 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, they must be listed as being licensed on the auto insurance policy.
- Related read: Adding Young Drivers to Your Insurance Policy
Getting your licence in another province?
To see how the driver’s licensing system works in another province or territory visit:
- Newfoundland and Labrador: Service NL
- Prince Edward Island: Access PEI
- Nova Scotia: Service Nova Scotia
- New Brunswick: Service New Brunswick
- Quebec: Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec
- Ontario: DriveTest
- Manitoba: Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI)
- Saskatchewan: Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI)
- Alberta: Service Alberta
- British Columbia: Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC)
- Nunavut: Government of Nunavut
- Yukon: Government of Yukon
- Northwest Territories: Government of Northwest Territories
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!