Ontario G2 License Rules, Restrictions & Requirements

Ontario G2 License Rules, Restrictions

Once you get your G2 licence you are in stage 2 of the Ontario graduated driver licensing program and one step closer to getting your full Class G licence. In order to drive safely with your G2 licence, you must adhere to the specific Ontario G2 license rules, restrictions & requirements. In the event you violate any of these G2 license rules, you could face a licence suspension and/or substantial fines. There are two key G2 licence rules that apply to all G2 drivers and a third G2 licence restriction if you are below the age of 19.

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Knowing Your Ontario G2 Licence Restrictions

As an Ontario G2 drivers make sure you know these 3 key G2 licence restrictions before driving on any roadway. Always remember to keep safety first and avoid any sort of situations or distractions that could cause an accident.

1. You Must Maintain a Blood Alcohol Level of Zero.

Alcohol Consumption is Forbidden

Just like the G1 licence stage, you cannot consume any alcohol when driving with a G2 licence. You must maintain a blood alcohol concentration level of zero to avoid being subject to legal action if caught driving under the influence.

2. Only Carry as Many Passengers as there are Working Seat Belts.

All Passengers Must Wear a Working Seatbelt

As a G2 licence holder, it is your responsibility to make sure you only carry as many passengers as there are working seat belts, and that all passengers are wearing seat belts while the vehicle is being driven.

3. For Under 19 Drivers, Passenger Restrictions At Nighttime.

There is a limit on under age 19 passengers for the first 6 months.

This G2 license rule applies during the hours of midnight and 5 am.

For the first 6 months - Only 1 passenger under the age of 19 can accompany you in the car between the hours of midnight and 5 am.
After the first 6 months - You may have up to 3 passengers under the age of 19 accompany you in the car between the hours of midnight and 5 am.

Keep in mind this restriction does not come in to effect if you have a fully licensed driver with a minimum of 4 years experience in the car with you, or if your passengers are immediate family members ex. parent, brother, sister.

Getting A Full Ontario "G" Licence After Getting a G2 Licence

By following the Ontario graduated driver licensing program, you should have mastered the Ontario road signs and road rules when practicing for your written G1 test and established good driving technique at the G2 licence level. It's now time to prepare for and successfully get your full G licence. After you get your G2 licence you should dedicate lots of time to practice highway driving and maintaining your existing driving skills so you can graduate to the next licensing level, which is your G licence.

Pass the Ontario G1 Road Test

The prerequisite for getting your G2 licence is completing a minimum of 12 months (no driver training) or 8 months (with a ministry approved driver training course) at the G1 stage while adhering to the Ontario G1 licence restrictions when driving with a G1 licence. These restrictions help keep new drivers safe as they build on their driving experience. You must then successfully pass the Ontario G1 road test. The G1 road test is a 20 minute test designed to ensure you can demonstrate safe driving practices on Ontario roads before you can get your G2 licence.

Drive With a G2 Licence

There are essentially three main licence restrictions you must adhere to when driving with a G2 licence in Ontario. The third restriction on passenger limits does not apply if you obtain your G2 licence after the age of 19. It's very important that you aware of what you can and cannot do when driving with a G2 to remain safe and within the limit of the law when driving.  By following correct driving practices, driving within the law and adhering to Ontario road rules you will be able to get your final G licence in the shortest possible time period.

Get Your Full G Licence

You can apply for your G licence after holding a G2 licence for a minimum of 12 months. Make sure you practice highway driving at 80 km/hr or more when at the G2 stage. You will be required to declare that you have adequate driving experience prior to the G2 driving test which will involve demonstration of highway driving skills, such as changing lanes, merging, exiting etc. as well as the identification of potential road hazards. You really need to spend a lot of time practicing highway driving and brushing up on Ontario road signs/rules in advance of your Ontario road test.

Frequently Asked Questions About the G2 License Rules.

Our mission is to help remove any confusion when it comes to process of getting your Ontario car licence and/or moving through the different Ontario graduated driver licensing stages. No matter what your question is, we strive to have the answers.

Can I drive to the US with a G2 licence?

As a G2 driver you can drive into the United States with your G2 licence, however make sure you check the driving laws of the state you will be visiting to ensure you are adhering to all their requirements.

How long do I have to stay at the G2 licensing stage?

The minimum wait period at the Ontario G2 licence stage level is 12 months. After this, if you successfully pass the G2 road test you can get your full G licence. Drivers under the age of 21 must still refrain from consuming any alcohol when operating a vehicle with a G licence as well. Drivers over the age of 21 are able to drive with no restrictions on their licence, however it's always recommended to not drink and drive at any licence level.

What do you need to bring to your G2 road test?

There are some basic requirements in terms of documents and fees etc. that you must bring to your G2 road test appointment:

  • Applicable fees should be reviewed in advance as per the Ontario licensing fees guidelines.
  • Print off a copy of your road test confirmation.
  • Bring your current G2 licence.
  • If you wear glasses or contacts make sure to wear them for the road test.
  • You will also be required to bring your own vehicle which will be subject to a safety inspection before your G2 road test and you should make sure you have enough fuel before arriving for your test.

What are the G2 restrictions?

At Level Two (G2 licensing level) you:

  1. Cannot consume any alcohol when operating a vehicle.
  2. Must ensure you only carry as many passengers as there are working seat belts
  3. If you are under the age of 19, for the first 6 months you are restricted to only carrying 1 passenger under the age of 19 with you between the hours of midnight and 5 am. After the first 6 months, you may carry up to 3 passengers under the age of 19 with you between the hours of midnight and 5 am. This restriction does not apply if you have a fully licensed G driver (with 4 years of experience) with you and/or if the passengers are immediate family members.

Do you go on the highway for the G2 test?

The G2 road test does have a highway driving component where you will be required to demonstrate basic highway driving skills such as merging in to traffic, changing lanes, exiting a highway etc. In order to take the G2 road test you must practice highway driving in advance so you're comfortable with highway driving for the G2 road test.

Can G2 drivers, drive on the 401?

Only G1 drivers are restricted from highway driving. As a G2 driver, you are allowed on all 400 series highways and expressways (QEW, Gardiner Expressway etc). Just make sure you are alert and focused on safe driving when driving on any highway with a G2 licence.

Can you drive alone with a G2?

There is no requirement to be accompanied by a supervising driver, once you get your G2 licence. You can drive alone on any roadway as long as you follow the basic G2 licence restrictions and Ontario road rules at all times.

What is the difference between a G2 and G licence?

The G2 licence is a level 2 licence that comes with some key G2 license rules. You must remain at the G2 licence stage for a minimum of 12 months, after which you will need to pass the G2 road test demonstrating good local roads and highway driving practices to get your full G licence. At the G licence stage, only drivers under the age of 21 must still follow the zero alcohol consumption restriction. For all other drivers there are no licence restrictions when driving with an Ontario G licence.

Do I need insurance for a G2 licence?

Once you get your G2 licence you must notify your insurance company and a premium does usually apply. Even if you are driving your parent's car, you should let your insurance company know, otherwise you won't be able to legally drive a vehicle and won't be building a driving history with your insurance company. Parents of G2 drivers can really benefit from shopping around for Ontario car insurance quotes to make sure they are getting the best deal on their insurance premiums even with the addition of a new G2 driver on to their policy.

Can a G2 driver be a designated driver?

Another of the G2 license rules is that as a G2 driver under the age of 19, you are limited to carrying only 1 passenger under 19 for the first 6 months between the hours of midnight and 5 am. After the first 6 months, you can carry up to 3 passengers under the age of 19 between the hours of midnight and 5 am. While a G2 driver can be a designated driver they must adhere to this passenger restriction at all times.

Can a G2 driver drive someone else's car in Ontario?

It is illegal to drive an uninsured vehicle in Ontario and you can be fined up to $50,000 if caught. If you wish to drive a car insured to someone else then you can drive the vehicle as long as:

  1. You have the owners consent and you are borrowing the car with their knowledge
  2. You are driving the car on an occasional basis and it's not being borrowed on a regular basis

 

Once you start driving a car insured to someone else on a regular basis you must inform your insurance company and be listed on the insurance policy.