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Driving in Ontario

Can I use my license from home in Ontario?

Visiting for less than 3 Months

Visiting for more than 3 Months

If you will be visiting Ontario for less than three months, you may be able to use your valid driver’s license from our home country. https://www.ontario.ca/page/drive-ontario-visitors

If you will be visiting Ontario for more than three months, you will need an International Driver’s Permit (IDP) from your home country.  https://www.ontario.ca/page/drive-ontario-visitors#section-1

How do I get an Ontario Driver’s License?

Exchange an International License

Ontario has license exchange agreements with certain provinces, states and countries.  If you have a valid driver’s license from one of these regions, you can exchange your current license for an Ontario driver’s license.

Experienced Drivers

If you have 1 – 2 years of driving experience outside of Ontario, you may get credit for this and be able to start at step two of Graduated Licensing.  For information about what documents are required to get credit for diving experience outside of Ontario, please visit drivetest.ca.  It is important that you bring these documents with you as it may be difficult to get them once you are in Canada.

New Drivers

If you are at least 16 years old, you can apply for an Ontario driver’s license.  As a new driver, you will follow the guidelines under the Graduated Licensing program.  This program involves written tests, driving experience and road tests.  To learn more about getting an Ontario driver’s license visit the Government of Ontario website. For new drivers, it will take approximately 20 months or more to complete all the requirements.

What are the Driving Laws in Ontario?

Drivers in Ontario are subject to the Ontario Highway Traffic Act.  The Ontario Ministry of Transportation provides information on rules of the road and road safety. More information about driving in Ontario and obtaining an Ontario Driver’s License is available on the Service Ontario website.