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The Different Classes of Driver’s Licenses in Ontario

The Different Classes of Driver’s Licenses in Ontario

Class A

Individuals seeking to operate tractor-trailer vehicles would need to obtain this class of license.  You can also operate D and G class vehicles.

Class A Driver License
  • Click here to learn what The minimum requirements for Class A are
    • be at least 18 years of age
    • hold a valid Ontario class G or higher license or equivalent
    • pass a test of operating knowledge of large trucks and tractor trailers
    • meet vision standards
    • provide a satisfactory medical certificate on application and periodically thereafter
    • demonstrate driving competence during a road test while driving the following types of vehicles:
      • for class D – A motor vehicle exceeding 11,000 kilograms gross weight or registered gross weight or any truck or combination provided the towed vehicle is not over 4,600 kilograms
      • for class A – a motor vehicle and towed vehicle where the towed vehicle exceeds a total gross weight of 4,600 kilograms (10,000 lb)

Class B

Individuals seeking to operate a full-sized school-bus would need to obtain this class of license. You can also operate C, D, E, F and G class vehicles.

Class B Driver License
  • Click here to learn what The minimum requirements for Class B are
    • Meet medical and vision standards
    • Be at least 21 years of age
    • Not have accumulated more than six demerit points on their driving record
    • Pass an MTO driver examination or obtain a certificate of competence from a recognized authority by passing a vision screening, knowledge test and a driving test in a bus of appropriate size
    • Have knowledge of bus equipment maintenance and passenger safety and control
    • Have successfully completed a school-bus driver improvement course approved by MTO and be able to show proof of successful completion with a valid course certificate
    • Hold a valid Ontario class G or higher licence or equivalent issued in a province or territory of Canada
    • Not have had a driver’s license under suspension at any time within the preceding 12 months as a result of having been convicted or found guilty of:
      • driving under suspension
      • speeding over 50 km above the limit
      • careless driving
      • racing on a highway
      • leaving the scene of an accident
      • a Criminal Code of Canada offense committed by means of a motor vehicle or while driving or having care and control of a motor vehicle
      • flight from police
    • Not have been convicted or found guilty within the preceding five years of two or more offenses under the Criminal Code of Canada, committed on different dates by means of a motor vehicle, or while driving or having care and control of a motor vehicle
    • Not have been convicted or found guilty within the preceding five years under section 4 or 5 of the Narcotic Control Act of Canada
    • Not have been convicted or found guilty within the preceding five years of certain sexual or moral offenses under the Criminal Code of Canada
    • Not have been convicted or found guilty of any offense for conduct that affords reasonable grounds for believing that they will not properly perform their duties, or is not a proper person to have custody of children

Class C

Individuals seeking to operate a large bus, such as a coach bus or city bus, would need to obtain this license. This license does not include school buses but does allow you to also operate D, F, and G class vehicles.

Class C Driver License
  • Click here to learn what The minimum requirements for Class C are
    • Be at least 18 years of age
    • Hold a valid Ontario class G or higher license or equivalent issued in a province or territory of Canada
    • Meet medical and vision standards
    • Have knowledge of bus equipment maintenance and passenger safety and control
    • Pass an MTO driver examination or obtain a certificate of competence from a recognized authority by passing a vision screening, knowledge test and driving test in a vehicle of appropriate size

Class D

Individuals seeking to operate dump trucks or smaller panel delivery-type trucks would need to obtain this class of license. If a vehicle exceeds 11,000 kilograms gross weight or a truck and towed vehicle with a combined weight over 11000 kg and the trailer is not over 4,600kgs then you would need a D class license. You can also operate a G-class vehicle with this license.

Class D Driver License
  • Click here to learn what The minimum requirements for Class D are
    • provide a satisfactory medical certificate on application and periodically thereafter
    • meet vision standards
    • pass a test of operating knowledge of large trucks and tractor trailers
    • hold a valid Ontario class G or higher license or equivalent
    • be at least 18 years of age
    • demonstrate driving competence during a road test while driving the following types of vehicles:
      • for class D – A motor vehicle exceeding 11,000 kilograms gross weight or registered gross weight or any truck or combination provided the towed vehicle is not over 4,600 kilograms
      • for class A – a motor vehicle and towed vehicle where the towed vehicle exceeds a total gross weight of 4,600 kilograms (10,000 lb)

Class E

Individuals seeking to drive a small school bus with less than 24 passengers would need to obtain this license. You can also operate F and G class vehicles.

Class E Driver License
  • Click here to learn what The minimum requirements for Class E are
    • Meet medical and vision standards
    • Be at least 21 years of age
    • Not have accumulated more than six demerit points on their driving record
    • Pass an MTO driver examination or obtain a certificate of competence from a recognized authority by passing a vision screening, knowledge test and a driving test in a bus of appropriate size
    • Have knowledge of bus equipment maintenance and passenger safety and control
    • Have successfully completed a school-bus driver improvement course approved by MTO and be able to show proof of successful completion with a valid course certificate
    • Hold a valid Ontario class G or higher license or equivalent issued in a province or territory of Canada
    • Not have had a driver’s license under suspension at any time within the preceding 12 months as a result of having been convicted or found guilty of:
      • driving under suspension
      • speeding over 50 km above the limit
      • careless driving
      • racing on a highway
      • leaving the scene of an accident
      • a Criminal Code of Canada offense committed by means of a motor vehicle or while driving or having care and control of a motor vehicle
      • flight from police
    • Not have been convicted or found guilty within the preceding five years of two or more offenses under the Criminal Code of Canada, committed on different dates by means of a motor vehicle, or while driving or having care and control of
      a motor vehicle
    • Not have been convicted or found guilty within the preceding five years under section 4 or 5 of the Narcotic Control Act of Canada
    • Not have been convicted or found guilty within the preceding five years of certain sexual or moral offenses under the Criminal Code of Canada
    • Not have been convicted or found guilty of any offense for conduct that affords reasonable grounds for believing that they will not properly perform their duties, or is not a proper person to have custody of children

Class F

Individuals seeking to become paramedics and operate an ambulance or small non-school bus with less than 24 passengers would need to obtain this license. You can also operate a G class vehicle.

Class F Driver License
  • Click here to learn what The minimum requirements for Class F are
    • Be at least 18 years of age
    • Hold a valid Ontario class G or higher license or equivalent issued in a province or territory of Canada
    • Meet medical and vision standards
    • Have knowledge of bus equipment maintenance and passenger safety and control
    • Pass an MTO driver examination or obtain a certificate of competence from a recognized authority by passing a vision screening, knowledge test and driving test in a vehicle of appropriate size

Class G

Any vehicle under 11000 kg or vehicle and trailer under 11000 kgs combined (with the trailer weight not exceeding 4600 kgs) is classified as a G-class vehicle. G-class vehicles are everyday cars, vans, and SUVs and fall under the Ontario Graduated Licensing System results in different categories.

Class G Driver License
  • Class G1
    A G1 license is obtained after paying a fee, and passing a written test and eye exam. You may operate a G class vehicle under the supervision of a qualified co-driver and with several other conditions.
  • Class G2
    A G2 license is obtained after holding a G1 class for 12 months (8 months if you pass an MTO approved driving course). You must pass a road test to obtain a G2 license which allows you to operate a G-class vehicle on your own and with limited conditions.
  • Class G A full G license is obtained after holding a G2 class license for an additional 12 months. A second road test must be passed. A full G class license has a few restrictions based on age (Zero Blood Alcohol Concentration until the age of 22).
  • Click here to learn what The minimum requirements for Class G are
    • be at least 16 years old
    • pass an eye test
    • pass a knowledge test about the rules of the road and traffic signs

Class M

Any vehicle that is a motorcycle or variation of a motorcycle such as a moped, is classified as an M class vehicle. M class vehicles are also part of the Ontario Graduated Licensing System.

Class M Driver License
  • Class M1
    An M1 license is obtained after paying a fee and passing a written test. You may operate M class vehicles with conditions such as only during daylight hours and without passengers.
  • Class M2
    An M2 license is obtained after holding a class M1 for at least 60 days. You must pass a road test. There are a few conditions.
  • Class M
    An M license is obtained after holding an M2 license for at least 22 months (18 months if you pass an Approved Motorcycle Safety Course).  You must have Zero Blood Alcohol Concentration until age 22.
  • Click here to learn what The minimum requirements for Class M are
    • be at least 16 years old
    • pass an eye test
    • pass a written test about the rules of the road and traffic signs

    L and M restrictions can also be applied to and M class license. L restriction limits you to operating a motor scooter and the M restriction limits you to operating a three-wheeled vehicle.

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