An exhaustive guide to getting your G1 driving license in Ontario with free practice tests
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G1 is a learner’s license with some restrictions to drive alone. It is the first step in your journey of getting your driving license in Ontario. This post answers questions around eligibility, application process, driving restrictions and free resources to prepare for the G1 test.
Eligibility conditions for G1 driving license
You must be at least 16 years old and pass the vision test to be allowed to take your G1 exam. Thus you would have to show the proof of your legal name, date of birth and signature with documents in original. Passport and a PR Card would be sufficient but you may consult this link to check the exhaustive list of document requirements to be sure.
You will also be required to pay a fee comprising the cost of knowledge test, your first road test and a five year licensing fee.
How to apply for the G1 Test?
Find out the nearest Drive Test or Travel Point Centre at www.drivetest.ca. Take the required documents and glasses (in case you wear them as they are required for the vision test) to the Centre. In case you want to get your earlier experience recognized, take your driving extract letter along with your origin country driving license as well. Once you are at the Drivetest centre, it is fairly easy and systematic and would not have much problem navigating the G1 Test process. Please remember that it is not compulsory that you write the G1 test after submitting your documents. Once you pay the fee, you are given an option to take the G1 Test the same day or come back later.
Restrictions on G1 drivers
The complete list of restrictions on G1 class drivers is:
Must be accompanied by a fully licensed G driver: You must not drive alone; an accompanying driver must sit in the front passenger seat. This is the only person who can be in the front seat with you while you drive. The accompanying driver must have a valid Class G (or higher) licence, at least four years of driving experience and a blood-alcohol level of less than .05 per cent when accompanying you. Time spent at the Class G2 level, as long as the G2 licence was valid (not suspended), does count toward the accompanying driver’s four years of experience. The accompanying driver’s licence may have demerit points, but it cannot be suspended.
Zero blood alcohol: You must not drive if you have been drinking alcohol. Your blood alcohol level must be zero.
Seatbelt: Every person in the vehicle must have a working seatbelt.
Highway driving restrictions: You must not drive on 400-series highways with a posted speed limit over 80 km/hr. Also, you must not drive on certain high-speed roads including the Queen Elizabeth Way, Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway in the Greater Toronto Area, the E.C. Row Expressway in Windsor and the Conestoga Parkway in Kitchener-Waterloo. However, if your accompanying driver is a driving instructor, you may drive on any road.
Curtailed night driving: You must not drive between midnight and 5 a.m.
Please visit the official website/Official MTO Drivers Handbook to check the latest restrictions in case something changes.
Structure of the G1 Test
G1 Test comprises of 40 multiple choice questions with two sets of 20 questions each. Set 1 consists of 20 questions related to traffic signs and set 2 consists of 20 questions on general driving knowledge. The pass percentage for each of the test is 80% i.e. if more than 4 answers are incorrect in a set, you fail the test.
How to prepare for the G1 Test?
Experli is proud to bring you completely free, online test material and quizzes to ace the G1 test. Compared to some other test providers who charge you for every quiz, we are completely free and without any annoying ads. We have also prepared a free study guide for you divided into two parts: Traffic signs and Demerit Point System. For the general knowledge and traffic driving rules, you may refer to the official MTO Drivers Handbook or simply take our tests with detailed explanations to learn.