Want to Drive?
You have turned 16 and the first order of business is get your driver's licence! However the first thing you should know is that the process doesn't happen over night. Getting a licence to drive is a major responsibility and it is important that you take the time learn the rules of the road so you can dive safe out there!
Before you even apply for a car licence you should read the Driver's Handbook, which is available for purchase at any driver and vehicle licence issuing office, drive test centres or on-line at www.mto.gov.on.ca
How do you get your Level 1 (G1) drivers licence?
When you apply for your level one licence they will:
- Test your eyesight
- Test your understanding of the rules of the road
- Ask questions about your health to determine whether you meet the medical requirements for driving in Ontario
If you pass both tests and meet the medical requirements you will get your Level 1 (G1) drivers licence which is valid for five years.
What are the conditions of the Level 1 G1 licence?
- You must always have an accompanying driver in the front passenger seat who is fully licensed, with at least four years of driving experience. That person must have a blood alcohol content ratio of less than .05% and they must be the only person in the front seat
- You must not drink any alcohol – your blood alcohol concentration level must be zero
- You must not drive between midnight and 5 a.m.
- Everyone in your car must have a seat belt on
- You must not drive on 400-series highways or high-speed expressways
The G1 lasts at least one year but not more than five years. You can reduce this time to eight months if you successfully complete an approved driver's education course. At the end of G1, you must take a G1 road test to move to the G2 level.
What about Driver's Education?
Our high schools do not offer driver's education courses, however, you are able to sign up for a Ministry of Transportation approved program offered by the Simcoe County District School Board. The instructors through this program are Ontario Safety League Certified and an official certificate is issued upon completion of the course, which can be used for a reduction in insurance rates.
It usually takes 12 weeks to complete the program, including both in-class and in-car instruction. You can make an appointment to take your driving test, once both the in-car and in-class sessions are complete and you have picked up your certificate.
Registration forms are available at our schools and must be returned to the local learning centre indicated on the form. Classes are filled on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, please contact (705) 734-6363 ext.1258.
What are the conditions of a G2 licence?
Your G2 licence lasts at least one year, but has fewer restrictions than a G1. There are three important conditions:
- Blood alcohol level must be zero
- Each person in the car must have and wear a working seat belt
- You must limit the number of passengers under age 20 that you can carry late at night. During you first six months with a G2, you may only carry one passenger under 20 years old between midnight and 5 a.m. After six months you may carry up to three passenger under 20 years old between midnight and 5 a.m.
It takes at least 20 months from the start of G1 until you can take the G2 road test, which you must pass to earn a full G licence.
For more information, please contact the Ministry of Transportation at 1-800-268-4686 or visit www.mto.gov.on.ca