If you’re licensed to drive in another province...
You can do a straight exchange at an Ontario DriveTest centre for $90.
If you’re licensed to drive in another country…
Depending on where it was issued, you may be allowed to exchange it for an Ontario driver’s licence at an Ontario DriveTest centre for $90 without retaking a road test (or more if you need to take the test). Countries the exchange program applies to include:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
If your licence was issued in one of these countries, visit an Ontario DriveTest centre with your driver’s licence, an approved form of ID and a recent (<6 months) drivers abstract. If your licence is in a foreign language, it must be verified by an approved translator.
If you’re licensed to drive in a country not listed above…You’ll need to pay $106.00, plus any additional fees for tests that are required on a case-by-case basis.
If you’ve never been licensed to drive anywhere…
The province of Ontario requires all drivers to:
(a) be at least 16 years old
(b) pass an eye test and
(c) demonstrate an understanding of traffic signs and rules of the road.
If you meet these criteria, you’ll be granted your G1 licence, which gives you the right to drive a car under the following circumstances:
- You’re with a passenger who’s been fully licensed for at least four years and who has a blood alcohol level (BAL) of under 0.05 (zero BAL for passengers 21 or under)
- Your BAL is zero
- All passengers are wearing seatbelts
- You’re not driving between midnight and 5 am
- You’re not on an expressway or 400-series highway
Under these strict conditions, you’ll complete the first two learning levels (G1 and G2) with your driving instructor and take two road tests.
If you pass both tests within five years of starting the process, you’ll be given your full G licence, which is the standard driver’s licence in Ontario.