`However, you can use a foreign driver's license for 60 days only after you arrive in Canada (to drive not as ID). After that, you will need to take a driving test and get an Ontario driver's license.
Generally speaking, you need to get "G1" license, which is mainly a knowledge written test, and then after passing this test and practicing driving for a period between 8 to 12 months then you can apply for the Full Driver's License "G". Provided that with G1 you can only drive with a companion who has Full G license.
However, this is for people who don't have a license from their countries and have no driving experience. For those who has a valid foreign driver's license:
- If you are a licensed driver with two or more years of driving experience from U.S.A., Japan, Korea, Switzerland, Germany, France, Great Britain and Austria you may get full class license privileges without taking a knowledge or road test.
- Drivers from any other country:
Now, if the license you are exchanging is not from Canada, Canadian Forces-Europe, U.S.A., Japan, Korea, Switzerland, Germany, France, Great Britain and Austria, you must present official, written confirmation of your driving experience.
Written confirmation can include an original letter from the originating licensing agency (such as the ministry of transportation in your country or state), or from the Embassy, Consulate, or High Commissioner's offices representing the country. The accompanying letter must be on official letter head and written in either English or French.
This letter must include information about:
- The date first licensed
- License expiry date
- Class of license
- That the license was valid for the relevant period of time for the purposes of exchange and experience
- [Update] You need to translate all the documents from an Authorized translator in Ontario to English or French. So don't bother translating them abroad, and don't get them stamped from the Canadian Embassy in your country.
Now, www.drivetest.ca is the authorized company from Ontario Government for tests. Visit their site for more information and booking. you can also contact the Ontario Ministry of Transportation for information about licenses and driving rules at 1-800-387- 3445.
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So, if you decided to buy a car you must register it with the provincial motor vehicle licensing agency,and you must get car insurance. It is illegal to drive without car insurance. Car insurance can be costly, but it protects you and other drivers in case of an accident.
You can also rent a car for a day, a week or longer, from a car rental company. Most car rental companies can give you information about driving rules.
Car rental companies charge you a fee based on the amount of time you have the car and the distance you travel in the car. You will also need to buy accident insurance from the rental company and pay for the gas you use.