Licensing BasicsRegardless of your situation, if you’ve moved to Ontario and hold a valid driver’s licence from another Canadian province, U.S. state or country, that licence will be valid in Ontario for up to 60 days. For example, if you’re a student from South Korea studying at Fanshawe College and already have a driver’s licence from South Korea, it’s good for up to two months in Ontario.
Exchanging Your LicenceAfter 60 days, any previous driver’s licence is no longer acceptable in Ontario. Thankfully, the province makes it fairly easy to exchange your previous driver’s licence for an Ontario one should you meet the necessary requirements. In most cases, no further driving lessons or driving achievements will need to be reached. Certain countries have licence exchange agreements with Canada. They are:
- Any other Canadian province/territory
- Any U.S. state
- Great Britain
What if You Can’t Exchange Your Licence?If you can’t simply exchange your licence, you have to go through the application process. However, you still can receive credit for any driving experience, pending you provide the necessary documentation. Here are instances where you’ll be unable to exchange licences:
- If you’re licenced in a country that doesn’t have an exchange agreement.
- If you only have a learner’s permit or beginner’s certificate from another province/state/country.
- A motorcycle class driver’s licence from certain countries.