Level One lasts 12 months. The Ministry of Transportation encourages all new drivers to take an approved driver education course to help learn the proper driving skills and knowledge. You should begin your training as soon as possible after becoming a Level One driver so you can get as much driving experience as you can. If you pass an approved course, you can complete Level One in eight months.
While at Level One:
- You must not drive if you have been drinking alcohol. Your blood alcohol level must be zero.
- You must not drive alone. A fully licensed driver with at least four years of driving experience must sit in the front passenger seat. This is the only person who can be in the front seat with you while you drive. Your accompanying driver must have a Class G or higher licence and a blood alcohol level of less than .05 per cent. Each person in the vehicle must have a working seat belt. You must not drive on roads with a posted speed limit over 80 km/h including the 400-series highways, the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW), the Don Valley Parkway (DVP), the Gardener Expressway, the E. C. Row Expressway, and the Conestoga Parkway in Kitchener-Waterloo. However, if your accompanying driver is a driving instructor licensed in Ontario, you may drive on any road. You must not drive between midnight and 5 a.m. You must pass a road test of your driving skills to move to Level Two. At this time, you will be given a class G2 licence.