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Lauren Alexander

Looking to get fully licensed in Ontario? The first step in your driving journey is getting your G1 license. To get your G1 license, you’ll need to take a two-part written test. Here’s what you need to know to get your G1 license in Ontario. 

What is the G1 test?

The G1 test has 40 questions total, with two different sections. You need to get at least 80% on the test to get your G1 license. The G1 tests your knowledge of things like the meaning of road signs, traffic rules, violations, and more. 

You’ll need a G1 to sign up for driver’s ed and begin driving lessons with an instructor. Find out more about taking driver’s ed and booking driving lessons with Kruzee

What do I need to do before writing my G1 test?

There’s a few things you’ll need to do before writing your exam. Here’s your pre-test G1 checklist: 

  1. Make sure you’re at least 16 years old. Ontario residents can get their G1 license at 16, and not a day before. 
  2. Get an eye exam, and get glasses if you need them. The G1 requires a brief eye exam to ensure that your vision is good enough to drive. If you haven’t had an eye exam in a while and you’re finding things a bit blurry, you might want to set one up to make sure you can get your license. If you have less than 20/20 vision, no problem – you’ll just be required to have glasses whenever you drive.
  3. Study, study, study! The G1 requires a written knowledge test on the rules of the road, road signs, and more. While the exam isn’t meant to be especially difficult, it will require a bit of studying beforehand. Here are 6 great free G1 test prep tools that you can use to practice.

More tips on passing your G1 written test and getting your G1 license.

How do I book my G1 test?

You don’t need to set up an appointment for your G1, since written tests are offered on a first come, first served basis. All you’ll need to do to set up your appointment is find your local DriveTest Centre and come with a piece of identification.

While the first-come, first served system is convenient, you may also run into long lines at DriveTest Centres. Google searches for “drive test centre” and “g1 test” in Ontario peak in August. Taking your test during off-peak months may alleviate some of this line waiting. The test costs $159.75, which includes the cost of the G1 knowledge test, the G2 road test (which you’ll do later, but pay for now), and 5 year license. Additional test attempts cost $16 each. Learn more about license fees

You can find the locations of DriveTest Centres near you at Those looking for a driving test in the GTA, there’s a few options. For those looking near Toronto, you can book G2 road tests at Toronto Metro East, Toronto Downsview, or Toronto Etobicoke. 

If you’re looking to book a G2 road test in Mississauga, you can book at the main Mississauga location at 255 Longside Boulevard location or a temporary location at 1170 Burnhamthorpe Road West. 

For those looking to book G2 road tests in Brampton can book at the 59 Gulf Boulevard location in Brampton. 

If you’re looking to book a road test in Scarborough, you can go to the closest locations in Toronto Metro East or the Toronto Port Union location in the Village of Abbey Lane Shopping Centre. 

After you pass

Congrats! When you’ve passed your G1 test, you’re ready to sign up for driver’s ed and lessons with a driving instructor near you. Find driving lessons near you.


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