Getting Your Ontario G License

Getting an Ontario G license is the last step in the Ontario graduated car license process. Before you book your G test, and apply for your final, unrestricted, full Ontario G license, make sure you know exactly what rules and requirements apply to the G licence Ontario provides. Getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle is a huge responsibility, so, let's make sure that you're ready to drive unsupervised anywhere in Ontario and able to deal with any road or weather situation.

How to get your G licence

Practice safe driving for 2 years and pass the G2 road test to get an Ontario G license

Everything You Need to Know About the Ontario G License

Getting your G licence is the final step in your Ontario car driving license journey. At this point in your journey towards getting the full, unrestricted G license Ontario makes available, you want to make sure you refresh all the knowledge and skills you learned at the G1 license and G2 license levels - the first 2 stages of the Ontario GDL process (the Ontario graduated motorcycle licensing process is similar). It makes sense to review everything you need to know, to successfully pass the G2 road test and get your Ontario G license. You must of course also be able to show valid Ontario car insurance, owner’s permit and license plates to legally drive with an Ontario G license. Explore the tabs below for more.

G2 licence holder

You can take your G2 road test when you've been a G2 driver for a minimum of 12 months.

Highway Driving Experience

In order to take the G2 road test (or G2 driving test as it is sometimes called), you will be required to have adequate prior highway driving experience. The answer to the question: "can you drive on the highway with a G2?" is obviously yes - you absolutely must do so to practice for the G2 driving test.

  • You are required to have experience driving on highways with a minimum speed of at least 80 km/hr and/or a 400 series highway ex. 400, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 409, 410, 416, 417, 420, 427, Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW), Don Valley Parkway (DVP), Gardiner Expressway, E.C.Row Expressway or Conestoga Parkway
  • You must have driven at least five times on one of these roadways in the last three months
  • You will be required to sign off on a Declaration of Highway Driving Experience form indicating the location and average length of the highway trips (<5km, 5-15km, >15 km)
  • Make sure you have adequate driving experience prior to attempting the G2 driving test, or your test appointment will be cancelled, and you will lose 50% of your G2 road test fee

Book Your Road Test

You need to schedule your G2 road test booking in advance, at a G2 driving test centre that you feel comfortable with. Certain times of the year like the summer or March break can be very busy so make sure your G2 road test booking is made in advance. Find a G2 driving test location here.

Study The Ontario Handbook

Whether you are preparing for your G1, G2 or G licence, it's always a good idea to review and brush up on the Ontario Driver's handbook, and study the Ontario road signs and rules of the road.

Practice Driving

While the G1 road test to get your G2 licence assesses basic driving skills, a G2 road test helps an examiner determine if a driver is capable of also driving on highways - this is essential for the G licence Ontario makes available. The majority of the G2 driving test is dedicated to assessing entering, merging onto, driving on and exiting off the highway, so it's a good idea to really get comfortable driving on highways, especially in the area around where you intend to take your G2 road test. In addition to highway driving, you should also brush up on basic driving skills like:

  • Proper signaling and speed control
  • Left and right turns
  • Stopping at and passing through intersections
  • Adhering to proper driving in your lane and remaining aware of your surroundings
  • Using the mirrors
  • Properly checking blind spots
  • Changing lanes
  • Roadside stops
  • Driving along curves
  • Defensive driving
  • Driving in business and residential areas
  • Parallel parking
  • Three-point turns
  • Backing up
  • Knowing what to do around emergency vehicles

Getting a full G license also entails knowing how to handle a vehicle around potentially hazardous situations, like for example:

 

  • Dangerous drivers
  • Emergency vehicles
  • Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycles
  • Blind spots and hidden driveways
  • Animals
  • Icy or snowy roads
  • Uneven roads
  • Construction sites

The G2 road test is meant to assess your driving comfort levels in more challenging environments than you would have experienced on your G1 road test. Your objective is to show the examiner that you are a safe, responsible and capable driver, and fully deserving of an Ontario G license.

Pre-trip Check

Before beginning the G2 road test Ontario offers, the driving examiner will check your vehicle to make sure all the important parts are working and that you know where everything is. For example, the horn, parking brake, high beams, turn signals etc. etc. Chances are you will also be asked to demonstrate the hand signals for turning, so make sure you review those in the Drivers Handbook sections when studying for your G2 driving test.

 

The vehicle pre-check is very important because it ensures that your vehicle is safe to drive. If for some reason the examiner determines your car isn't meeting all the safety checklist items, they might not let you take the Ontario G license test.

Road Test

After the vehicle pre-check, the examiner will begin your road test. You will be asked to drive through a pre-set route during which the examiner will ask you to demonstrate various driving skills, for example, turning, changing lanes, merging on the highway, parking etc. You could also be asked to identify potential driving hazards on route, so stay alert, be aware of your surroundings, and make sure you concentrate on driving properly - just like you've practiced so often before - right?

Post-test Debrief

After the G license test is over, and you bring your vehicle back to the examination center, the driving examiner will go over it with you, to tell you where you did well and where you might need to improve. They will also tell you right away if you passed and are now the proud recipient of an Ontario G license  or if you need to take the test again.

Always remember the driving examiner is not going to try to trick you or ask you to drive illegally/unsafely. Practice as much as possible beforehand, focus on driving properly, stay calm and confident, be aware of your surroundings and you will get the G licence Ontario offers. Good Luck!

The day of the G2 road test can feel a bit overwhelming, so we've put together a quick list of everything you need to do and take with you. Follow this list and focus on demonstrating your well practiced driving skills.

Cancelling or Rescheduling

If you cancel or reschedule your road test appointment with less than 48 hours notice, or if you fail to attend your appointment, your prepaid road-test fee will not be refunded.

Arrive Early

Try to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your appointment to take care of any administrative items, as well as have time to settle down and be relaxed before your test.

Vehicle Safety Check

One of the first things the examiner will check is whether your vehicle is safe and operable enough for the test, so make sure you review your vehicle against the vehicle safety checklist.

Enough Gas

Make sure your car has enough gas to complete the test. Just to be on the safe side a full tank of gas is always a good idea.

Vision Aids

If you need glasses or contacts to drive, make sure you take them along.

Applicable Fees

Each driving test has a specific fee requirement so make sure you are prepared to pay the fees prior to starting the test.

Road Test Confirmation

Print off a copy of your G2 road test confirmation and bring it along.

Current Licence

Bring your current driving licence with you.

Test Re-Takes

You typically have 5 years between the time you get your G1 and the time you must pass all the steps to get your full Ontario G license. If you fail an Ontario G license test prior to the 5-year expiry period, you can re-take the test and just re-pay the fee. However, if your G2 expires prior to passing your G licence test, you may have to start the process over and/or negotiate a grace period with the Ministry of Transportation while you re-take the test.

Licence Expiry

An Ontario G license is valid for 5 years. You will get a notice in the mail or via email, 2-3 months prior to expiry, reminding you to renew your G licence before the next renewal date comes up.

If you're above the age of 21, your G licence has no restrictions attached to it.

No Alcohol

If you're under the age of 21, by law, you cannot consume any alcohol when driving a vehicle - even with a full G license.

Looking for Information on Other Ontario Car License Types?

Ontario GDL Process

The Ontario GDL process helps guide new and experienced drivers through the entire Ontario car licensing process.

Ontario G1 Licence

You G1 licence is the first step to drive a car in Ontario. Let us help you start driving as soon as possible.

Ontario G2 Licence

Getting your G2 means you can drive on your own, with greater confidence and one step closer to having a full licence.

Looking for a Different Type of Ontario Driving Licence?

Need to get an Ontario licence for another type of vehicle?

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is responsible for handling all car driver licensing, motorcycle driver licensing, commercial vehicle driver licensing (CDL) and the various tests involved. While most Ontario drivers want to get an Ontario G license or car driving license or an Ontario M motorcycle drivers license, others desire a more specific type of drivers license like an Ontario truck driving license, or Ontario bus driver license, an Ontario air brake license or an Ontario boating license. To find more information about getting the particular type of Ontario drivers license you require, click the links above or below.