Top 10 Questions About Ontario’s Graduated G1, G2, G Drivers License

Oct 3, 2014

How Much Do You Know About Ontario's G Driver’s Licence System?

Do you know all the rules around Ontario’s somewhat complex graduated licensing system? If you think you do – or even if you’re not sure – read the Top 10 Questions (with answers) about G1, G2 and full G licences below to see how much you know.

Checkout our Graduated Licensing Guide or go to the Ontario Government website for more information on the Ontario graduated driver’s licensing system.

Ontario G1, G2, G Graduated Drivers Licensing Top 10 Questions

1. Legal age to drive

Question : What’s the minimum age to drive?

Answer : If you are at least 16 years old, you can begin to apply for an Ontario driver’s licence.

2. Three conditions to apply

Question : What are the three conditions you must satisfy to apply for a driver’s licence in Ontario?

Answer : To apply for a driver’s licence in Ontario you must :

  1. Be at least 16
  2. Pass an eye test
  3. Pass a written test about the rules of the road and traffic signs

Upon passing the tests, you are now considered a beginner driver, subject to a number of restrictions.

3. The ABCs of driver’s licences

Question : Ontario has 15 types of driver’s licences, including A through G plus M. What type of licence do you need to drive a car, van, or small truck?

Answer : A Class G licence lets you drive any car, van or small truck. With a G licence, you are also allowed to tow another vehicle or trailer, subject to specific weight conditions.

4. Who’s with you?

Question : Before receiving a Class G licence, you must first hold a G1, then a G2 licence. Who must accompany a G1 licence holder who is driving?

Answer : A G1 licence holder must be accompanied by a fully licensed driver with at least four years of driving experience.

5. You, your licensed driver, and alcohol for a G1

Question : What are the requirements regarding alcohol for a G1 licence holder who is driving and the accompanying fully licensed driver in the passenger seat?

Answer : When you have a G1 licence, by law you must :

  1. Maintain zero blood alcohol
  2. Your fully licensed driver with at least four years driving experience must have a blood alcohol level of less than .05. If, however, the fully licensed driver is 21 or under, their blood alcohol level must be zero.

6. G1: Securing you and your passengers

Question : When you have a G1 licence, what are the laws regarding passengers and the accompanying fully licensed driver?

Answer : When you have a G1 licence, by law you must make sure every passenger is wearing a seatbelt, including your accompanying licensed driver, who must be the only passenger in the front seat.

7. Where and when can you drive with a G1?

Question : What are the restricted times and roadways when you have a G1 licence?

Answer : When you have a G1 licence, by law you must NOT:

  1. Drive between midnight and 5 a.m.
  2. Drive on 400-series highways or high-speed expressways such as the 401, Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) and Gardiner Expressway.

8. When can you take your G1 road test?

Question : After practicing with your G1 licence, you can take your first G1 road test when what conditions are met?

Answer : After practicing with your G1 licence, you can take your first G1 road test after 12 months with a G1 – or just eight months after you finish a government-approved driver education course.

9. What about the G2?

Question : After passing your G1 road test and receiving a G2 licence, what comes next?

Answer : There are three basic privileges and requirements with a G2 licence :

  1. You may practice with your G2 licence for 12 months, without the need for another experienced driver in the vehicle, on any Ontario roads, at any time.
  2. You must maintain a zero blood alcohol level.
  3. You must carry only as many passengers as there are working seatbelts.

10. What about the G2 for drivers 19 and under?

Question : After passing your G1 road test and receiving a G2 licence, if you are 19 and under, what additional considerations must be met? 

Answer : Again, there are three basic considerations:

  1. You must drive for the first six months with only one passenger who is 19 or under between midnight and 5 a.m.
  2. You may drive after the first six months with up to three passengers 19 or under between midnight and 5 a.m.
  3. These conditions do not apply if you have a fully licensed driver in the car (with at least four years driving experience) OR if your passengers are all immediate family members such as a parent, brother or sister.

11. Bonus Question: Getting your full G licence

Question : Before you can get a full G licence you must meet what two conditions?

Answer : Before you can get a full G licence you must have your G2 licence for at least 12 months AND pass the G2 road test.

How Did You Do?

So how did you do? Did you know all the answers? If so, congratulations on being a G-whiz! If not, go back and review the correct answers until it’s all clear to you.

You can also checkout our Graduated Licensing Guide or go to the Ontario Government website for more information on the Ontario graduated driver’s licensing system.

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