A G license for driving in Ontario is the highest level in the province’s graduated drivers’ licensing system. The first two levels in the graduated system, G1 and G2 licenses, are ‘learner’ licenses.
G License Privileges
G license holders may drive a car, van, SUV or small truck. They may also drive a vehicle plus a towed vehicle with a maximum combined weight between the two vehicles of 11,000 kgs (the towed vehicle maximum weight is 4,600 kgs).
How to Apply for a G License
Before you apply for your G license:
- You must have passed the G1 test and hold the license for at least one year (8 months if you have graduated from a recognized driver’s education program).
- You must then apply for and pass a knowledge test and road test for the G2 license and hold it for at least one year (8 months if you have graduated from a recognized driver’s education program).
- Pass a vision test.
When you have completed all of these requirements, you must pass a G license road examination before earning your G license.
Benefits of a Having G License
No Expiry or Other License Levels
Unlike G1 and G2 licenses, which expire after five years, once you have a G license, you will not face any further testing. When you become a senior citizen, you may need to go through additional testing to prove you are still capable of holding your G license.
Car Insurance Rate Reductions
After you earn your G license, your car insurance rates will be noticeably lower than they were for your G1 and G2 licenses.
Drive Without G1 & G2 Restrictions
There are no restrictions on the numbers of passengers (up to the legal limit for which your vehicle is rated) or times of the day at which you may drive.
A G license will let you work as an Uber or other delivery service driver (not including those that use motorcycles, vehicles that use air brakes, or other large vehicles), valet parking attendant, or many other positions that require you to travel by car to different locations.
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