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How to get a driving license in Ontario, Canada as a newcomer

[fa icon="calendar"] Jan 4, 2019 3:00:00 AM / by David Singh

Driving in Canada as a Newcomer

If you have a valid driving license from your home country the process of getting your Canadian license can be fairly straightforward.  There are some pre conditions to getting your license:

 

Driving licenses

If you are planning on driving anywhere in Canada, you will need to have a valid Canadian driving license. You will need to take this license with you wherever you go driving.  If you have a valid licence from your home country, you will probably be able to use this to drive in Canada for a short period after you arrive.

The first thing that you will need to do is make sure that you have an International Driving Permit (IDP) in your home country. An IDP will give you a translation of your licence into French and English.  This is the most efficient way to make sure that you can drive a car in Canada from the moment that you arrive here.

The process that you will need to go through in order to get a Canadian driving licence varies from province to province.  You may have to pass a written examination to demonstrate that you understand the rules of the road and at least one, in car driving test.  If you have been driving for years in your home country you may be able to swap out your license immediately for a Canadian license.  This will depend on if your country has a reciprocal exchange program.  You will need to check your individual province’s regulations.

 

Car insurance in Canada

It is illegal to drive a car in Canada without a diving license.  If you own a car you need to get insurance coverage.  If you are a regular driver of a family or friend’s car you will need to be listed on their insurance paperwork.

When you are looking for Canadian car insurance you must do your research as there are a great number of insurance plans available.  You should make sure that you choose the right plan for you and confirm that the plan covers you for everything that you want it to.  You do not want any nasty surprises should when it comes time for you to use it.

The cost of your Canadian car insurance depends on a number of factors including: 

  • your age
  • driving experience
  • driving record
  • where you live

When you are getting quotes from all of the various car insurance companies you need to make sure that you shop around as you may be surprised at how much the rates will vary.  Keep an eye out for any special promotions as you will be paying this amount every month so it will add up.

 

Driving laws and rules in Canada

Just like every other driver on the road in Canada, you will need to follow all of the rules of the road. It is doubtful that the rules will vary a great deal from those in your home country, however, it doesn’t hurt to make sure that you know all of the subtle differences so that you don’t end up with a ticket for a minor infraction that you were unaware of.

Topics: After You Arrive

David Singh

Written by David Singh

Moved to Canada 6 years ago from India

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