Are You A Newcomer Or An Immigrant To Ontario And Need Car Insurance?
Every day we talk to new drivers – new to Ontario or Canada – who are looking for affordable auto insurance. They’re frustrated because sometimes the Ontario driving system doesn’t give newcomers or immigrants credit for their driving experience. It feels like going backwards. Sometimes the process of getting a full license seems slow or unfair.
Insurance providers have to work within the government’s driving system. This means that they have to set rates according to how the government has recognized your driving and your license.
ThinkInsure Helps New Drivers in Ontario Get Better Insurance Rates
We’re here to offer you tips to lower your costs and was to make the process faster. Taking your driving history out of the process does impact your car insurance rates. But we’re here to help. We’ve got insurance tips and driving advice so you can get your insurance rates to where you want them to be.
We'll Shop & Compare Prices From The Leading InsurersWe can get you quotes from 20+ insurance companies. And it pays to compare prices. Rates for car insurance differ between providers so getting quotes from a few will get the lowest price for you.
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“ I recently moved to Toronto from China. I have many years driving experience but they where not counted in Ontario. That made it difficult fro me to get affordable insurance. ThinkInsure gave me advice on what to do and then got me insurance coverage so I can drive now. Each year my broker Lee helps me save more. Thanks Lee! ”
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What You Need To Know As A New Driver In Ontario
When Do You Need To Get An Ontario Drivers License?
- You can drive with your license from another province or country for 60 days
- You must apply for an Ontario driver's license within 60 days
- If you hold a non-Ontario license, you can drive in Ontario for 60 days before you have to switch your license
How Do You Switch Your Drivers License?
- You must go in-person. You can’t apply online.
- Apply at a Drive Test Centre location or at a Service Ontario College location.
What Do You Need To Do To Switch Drivers License?
- Take an eye test
- Show original identification that has your :
- Legal name
- Date of birth
- Show your original, valid out-of-province/foreign driver’s license.
- Show original supporting documents that show proof of your driving experience.
- Pay the license fees.
- Fill out an application.
Depending on your situation, the government may want you to write a test or take a road test, before you get a full G license.
What Countries Can You Switch Your License From To Get An Ontario License?
Here is the list of countries that Ontario has agreements with to switch or exchange drivers licenses with :
- Another Canadian province or territory
- Canadian Forces Europe
- Great Britain
- Isle of Man
- New Zealand
- Northern Ireland
- Republic of Ireland
What If You Can’t Switch Your License (your country is not on the list)?
- You might be able to get reductions in mandatory tests and wait time prerequisites.
- You must still take an eye test.
- You must take the knowledge test.
Read more about conditions for new drivers here.
How Do You Get Credit For Driving Experience Outside Of Ontario?
- Show acceptable identification – ID
- Have a valid non expired drivers license
- Have a minimum of 12 months driving experience
- Bring a Letter of Authentication
Read more about applying for driving experience here.
Tips To Lower Your Car Insurance Rates Faster
Get a referral from your previous insurance company : They can write a letter to confirm that you have a clean driving record and no history of speeding tickets. This will help with your car insurance rates!
Shop and compare quotes on car insurance : Get quotes from a few insurance companies. You will find that there can be a difference between providers.
Check insurance rates before you buy a car : Ask your broker whether your car is expensive to insure. Rates on cars are connected to if it’s a model that is stolen often or in accidents more than other makes and models.
Get your G License as soon as you can : Make sure to find out if you can reduce your time as a G1 or G2 driver.
Take a driver training course :Even if you have driving experience, take a government approved driving course. Passing a driving course in Ontario shows that you are educated on the rules and etiquette of the road here.
Avoid speeding tickets or distracted driving tickets : Keep your driving record clean and your rates will reflect your good driving habits.
Take advantage of loyalty and multi-product discounts : If you renew your car insurance policy, your provider may offer you a loyalty discount. And if you have your car and home together with the same insurer, you may get a multi-product (or multi-vehicle) discount. Ask your broker about the car insurance discounts they can offer you.
Ask about Usage Based Insurance Programs : These programs offer sign-up discounts and reward good driving behaviors with additional savings. Some drivers can save up to 25%.
ThinkInsure is here to help newcomers and new drivers in Ontario to find the best car insurance rates available. We’ll listen to your unique situation and offer tips and advice so you can rest easy that you have gotten the best possible rates.
More Information For New Drivers In OntarioUnderstanding Automobile Insurance
Out Of Country Drivers
Drive Test Centre Locations