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Graduated Licensing for Automobile Drivers

Since April 1, 1994, all new drivers applying for their first car or motorcycle Licence enter Ontario's Graduated Licensing System
Graduated licensing lets new drivers get driving experience and skills gradually. The two-Level licensing process takes at least 20 months to complete.
If you are applying for your motorcycle Licence, you will need to enter Ontario's graduated licensing system. This means you will earn full driving privileges in two Levels.

New drivers have to earn full driving privileges in two levels and have five years to complete the program (Classes G1 and G2) and graduate to a full licence Class G.

As a G1 driver, you have to make sure that...
  • Your blood alcohol level must be zero while driving;
  • You have to be accompanied by a fully licensed driver, who has at least four years driving experience, and a blood alcohol level of less than .05 per cent
  • You have to ensure the accompanying driver is the only other person in the front seat;
  • You have to make sure you as many passenger as working seat belts in the car
  • You should not driver on Ontario's "400-series" highways or on high speed expressways such as the Queen Elizabeth Way, Don Valley Parkway, Gardiner Expressway, E.C. Row Expressway and the Conestoga Parkway;
  • You should not drive between midnight and 5:00 a.m.
If your accompanying driver is a driving instructor licensed in Ontario, you may drive on any road.
Class G2
New drivers must hold a G2 Licence for a minimum of 12 months before they can go for their G2 road test. At this level, you have more privileges because of your driving experience. You could drive without an accompanying driver on all Ontario roads anytime. However, you are still required to:
As a G2 driver, you have to make sure that...
  • Your blood alcohol level must be zero while driving;
  • You carry as many passenger as working seat belts in the car
Research shows that new teenage drivers are almost three times more likely to be involved in a fatal or serious collision when they are carrying teenage passengers. In fact, research shows the more teenage passengers, the higher the risk.
Since September 1, 2005: the number of young passengers that teen G2 drivers can carry will be limited from midnight to 5 a.m. as follows:
  • Initially, G2 drivers 19 or under can carry only one passenger aged 19 or under.
  • After the first six months, and until the G2 driver earns a full G Licence or turns 20, they can carry only three passengers aged 19 or under.
The passenger restrictions do not apply if the G2 driver is operating a motor vehicle after 5 a.m. and before midnight. These restrictions will not apply if the G2 driver is accompanied by a full "G" licensed driver (with at least four years driving experience) in the front seat, or if the passengers are immediate family members.
Road Test:
After each level, you have to take a road test and you must pass them to become fully licenced. This test checks your driving skills in the vehicle and in traffic. You will be tested on safe driving and your ability to apply the rules of the road. Your performance after each test will tell you whether you need more practice. 
When you are confident enough to take the road test, contact a Ministry of Transportation's Driver Examination Center to make an appointment. You must bring your own vehicle for the road test. Make sure it is in good working order and it is a vehicle that you are familiar with. 
5 Year countdown for new drivers:

Important ! all new drivers who hold a G1, G2 M1 or M2 class driver's licence to any combination of novice class licences such as G2, M2, have 5 years to complete the graduated licensing program and obtain a full class licence.

With the introduction of Ontario's graduating licensing system in 1994, new drivers must complete a two stage program with mandatory time periods for each stage, and the pass required road test. New licence holders have five years to complete Level 1 and level 2 of the program (G1, G2 or M1, M2 ) and graduate to a full class (G or M ).

You are a novice driver if you have a G1, G2, M1 or M2 class driver's licence, or a driver's licence with any combination of novice classes such as G2, M2. If you have a combination of full class licence and a novice class licence. Such as M2 or G2 you are a novice driver only for the class. If you don't exit out of the Graduated licensing program within 5 years your level novice licence, it will expire. 
Unlike a full class driver's licence, a novice class licence is not renewable. However, you may reapply (requalify) for a novice class licence by passing a test and paying the five-year licensing fee. If you don't exit Graduating Licensing or requalify before novice class licence expires, you will not have a licence to drive.

Check the expire date on your novice class driver's licence. If you don't exit out of the Graduated Licensing Program in 5 years, or take a test to retain your current class, your licence expires. In addition, you will receive a notice in the mail before your licence expires. The notice of the novice driver's licence expiry will alert you to the expiry date of your licence and explain the test options available to you. Read it carefully

Insurance Discount

Drivers who successfully exit from Graduating Licensing, from level 2 to full class G licence, are eligible for insurance rate discounts. Check with your insurance company.

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