Want to Drive?
You have turned 16 and the first order of business is get your drivers
licence...but 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 and how to safely operate a vehicle.
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
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
- You must not drink any alcohol – your blood
alcohol concentration level must be zero
- You must not drive between midnight and 5
- Everyone in your car must have a seat belt on
- You must not drive on 400-series highways or
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
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
Your G2 licence lasts at least one year, but has fewer
restrictions than a G1. There are three important conditions:
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.
- Blood alcohol level must be zero
- Each person in the care 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 in G2, you may only carry one passenger under 20 years old
between midnight and 5 a.m. and after six months you may carry up to
three passenger under 20 years old between midnight and 5 a.m.
For more information, please contact the Ministry of
Transportation at 1-800-268-4686 or visit www.mto.gov.on.ca