Driver's Handbook Online-The official guide to the rules of the road, safe driving practices and how to get your licence to drive a car, van or small truck. From the Ministry of Transportation. Out of Country Drivers - Information on how to get an Ontario licence if you have had a driver's licence before but are not eligible for a licence. Find the services you need related to your Ontario driver’s licence. Find the services you need related to your Ontario driver’s licence. A provincewide shutdown is in effect as of Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. Learn about the restrictions and public health measures that are in place. What I do know is that the Ontario drivers licence contains three different ID numbers. The number in the biggest font, the Drivers Document number or DD, and lastly, the Trillium ID, the number on the back above the PDF417 code.
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Information about road conditions, driver's licences, vehicle registration, Drive Clean, and commercial vehicles.
Enhanced driver's licence
An enhanced driver's licence is an upgrade to an Ontario driver's licence that can be used as a travel document between Canada and the United States of America when travelling by road or water.
Senior driver renewal program
Learn about the licence renewal process for Ontario drivers age 80 and over.
Ontario photo card
An Ontario Photo Card is a wallet sized card that provides government-issued identification to those Ontarians who do not have a driver's licence, making it easier for them to do things such as open a bank account, and perform any other activities that require official identification.
The official driver's handbook, motorcycle handbook, bus handbook, truck handbook and air brake handbook.
Government-approved driving schools
A beginner driver education program approved by the Ontario government can teach you the skills and attitudes you need to be a safe and responsible driver. This page lists driving schools that offer a government-approved program.
Revoked driving schools
Not all driving schools offer government-approved beginner driver education programs. This page lists schools that are no longer government-approved driver education course providers.
Learn about Ontario's impaired driving laws and the penalties you could face if you drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Understanding demerit points
Demerit points are added to your driver's licence, if you are convicted of breaking certain driving laws. The rules are different depending on if you are a new driver or have a full licence. This information will explain how the demerit points system works.
Get an accessible parking permit
How to get an accessible parking permit. Vehicles used by people with disabilities need to display the permit to park in an accessible parking space.
Ministry online services
Welcome to the Service Location Finder.
Choose a driving school in Ontario
Choosing a driving school is one way to help prepare yourself to be a safe driver. This information will help you find a driving school that meets the government's standards for beginner driver education.
Motorcycle safety courses
If you take an approved motorcycle safety course, mandatory graduated licensing waiting periods can be reduced. This page lists community colleges and safety organizations that offer government-approved motorcycle safety courses.
Get a bus driver's licence
If you want to drive a bus or ambulance in Ontario, you need a bus driver's licence (class B, C, E or F). This information will help you understand which type of bus licence you need and the steps you need to take.
School bus driver improvement courses
To get a school bus driver's licence (class B or E) in Ontario, all applicants must successfully complete a ministry-approved School Bus Driver Improvement Course (SBDIC).
Get a truck driver's licence
If you want to drive a truck in Ontario, you need a commercial licence. This page will tell you the steps you need to take to get your restricted Class A, full Class A or Class D licence.
Air brake (Z) endorsement
Anyone who drives a vehicle fitted with an air brake system or an air-over-hydraulic brake system is required to have a Z endorsement on their driver's licence. This information will help you learn more about how to get the Z endorsement on your licence.
Drive an ATV
ATVs can offer hours of enjoyment, as long as you obey the law and follow safety precautions. This information will help you enjoy your ATV safely.
Ride an e-bike
E-bikes are motorized bicycles that can look like conventional bicycles, scooters or limited-speed motorcycles. This information will help you learn the rules about e-bikes so you can ride safely.
E-bikes - frequently asked questions
FAQs about the rules and requirements for e-bikes in Ontario.
Prevent vehicle and identity theft
Tips to help you avoid having your vehicle or your driver's licence stolen and what to do if it happens to you.
If you have just immigrated into Ontario from another country, or you are preparing to do so, it is possible for you to exchange your driver's license for a full Ontario license. Your original license has to be from a country that has an exchange agreement with Canada, and must be higher than a learner's permit or novice-class.
If your country does not have an agreement, you can use your driving experience to get credit towards obtaining your full Ontario license. The amount of experience you have will determine how far you can skip through the license program's mandatory process.
Below is our guide to help you exchange or get credit for your driver's license.
Countries Eligible for Ontario License Exchange
The following countries have an exchange agreement with Canada:
How to Apply for a License Exchange
The application for an exchange must be made in person at an Ontario DriveTest centre, or the ServiceOntario location in Toronto at College Park. The exact requirements needed to complete your application will depend on exactly where you are immigrating from, the type of your license, documents you can provide, and amount of experience you have.
If you are immigrating into Ontario from a country that is eligible for a license exchange, you must provide the following documentation:
- Current License — must be current or expired for less than one year and show the expiry date
- Proof of Identity — must show your legal name, full date of birth, and signature
- Driver's Abstract — must be dated within the last 6 months and indicate when your license was first issued
All documents must be translated into English or French (see below). You will also have to take an eye test, present the necessary and supporting documentation, fill out a form, and pay the necessary fees. In some circumstances you might also have to take a written or road test to prove your driving ability meets Ontario's standards.
How Foreign License Credit Works
Normally, a new driver in Ontario has to complete the full program with mandatory testing and wait times between each step. The quickest you can complete the whole program to get a full G license is 20 months.
If you are not eligible for a license exchange, you might still be eligible to use your years of driving experience as credit to skip part of the Ontario Graduated License Program. Having more experience and supporting documents means you can skip more of the wait times.
|Driving Experience Declared||Must Take G2 Driving Exam?||Must Take Full G Driving Exam?|
|Less than 1 year||Yes - mandatory wait time reduced by credited experience||Yes - with full mandatory wait time|
|More than 1 year, less than 2 years||Yes - with no waiting period||Yes - with full mandatory wait time|
|More than 2 years||No||Yes - with no waiting period|
Regardless of how much experience you declare, you will have to complete an application process to be granted the foreign license credits.
How to Apply For Foreign License Credit
Document Number On Drivers License Ontario Canada
To apply for this foreign license credit you must be 16 years of age or older and complete your application at an Ontario DriveTest location with the following:
- Documentation — the same requirements as with license exchanges listed above
- Pass a Vision Test — to establish that you can see well enough to drive or if you must legally use eye glasses in order to drive
- Pass a Written Test — to prove that you understand Ontario's driving laws and practices
- Pass One or Two Driving Tests — whether you are asked to pass one or two depends on your experience and documents
- Letter of Authentication — if you declare more than 1 year of experience in your application
The Letter of Authentication is proof of experience and must come from the same region where you were issued your foreign license. The letter must be from the official letterhead, and dated within the 6 months of your application, from an embassy, consulate or High Commissioner's Office that represents the legal authority of your home region. It must also be translated into English or French (see below).
Where to Find Licensed Translators
If you need to have your documents translated, you can find licensed translators in the major towns and cities across Ontario, such as Toronto or Mississauga. When submitting a translated document you must also show proof that the translator was qualified. There are slightly different qualifications that a translator must have depending on what part of the province you're in.
In North and Southwestern Ontario, translators must have one of the following qualifications:
- Employment (current or former) as an interpreter
- Membership (current or former) of a professional interpreter association
- Experience as an interpreter as a member of the clergy
For the rest of the province, all interpreters and translators must be certified or accredited with a professional association in Ontario (such as the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario) or directly from the federal or provincial government.
For more information on the requirements and a breakdown of each region, you can check the DriveTest website here.
No matter where in the world you are immigrating from, if you have driving experience the government of Ontario has made it easier for you to get your full license quicker than going through the process from the start. Make sure you do your research to know what exchange or credits you are eligible for, and what documents you will need to provide to complete your application. Good luck!
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