As of April 1, 1994, new drivers applying for their first car or motorcycle licence enter Ontario's graduated licensing system. Graduated licensing lets new drivers get driving experience and skills gradually. The two-step licensing process takes at least 20 months to complete.
To apply for a licence, you must be at least 16 years old and pass a vision test and a test of your knowledge of the rules of the road and traffic signs. After you pass these tests, you will enter Level One and get a Class Gl licence. You may obtain a 'N' sign at the Driver Examination Centre for a nominal fee. You may hang the sign in the rear window (without obstructing your vision) of the vehicle you use to practice driving. The 'N' sign lets other drivers know you are a new driver.
You must pass two road tests to become fully licensed. Passing the first road test lets you move to Level Two (Class G2) and the second one gives you full Class G driving privileges.
Before graduated licensing, newly licensed drivers were called probationary drivers and had to complete two 12-month probationary periods without having their licences suspended. The probationary driver system will continue until all new drivers licensed before April 1, 1994 complete their probationary periods.