The Ontario, Canada driver's handbook states that under their graduated driver's licensing (GDL) program novice drivers (Class G1, G2, M1and M2) progress through a 2 step licensing process by completing the mandatory time periods for each level and passing the required road tests. Except for Class M1, novice drivers have 5 years to complete the graduated licensing process.
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) notes that if new (novice) drivers do not exit the graduated licensing program in 5 years, their new class license expires. Unlike a full class driver's license (e.g., classes G or M, or M with condition "L"), a new class license is not renewable and cannot be extended.
However, if your Class G1, G2 or M2 license is about to expire and you have not completed the process, you can regain or retain the same class of license by passing a test and paying the 5 year licensing fee. This is called 'requalification.' A notice is sent to Class G1, G2 and M2 drivers from the MTO before their license expiry date to inform them of their options. If you do not complete the graduated licensing process or re-qualify before your G1, G2 or M2 license expires, you will not have a license to drive and you must reapply for a Level One license.
So if you do not exit the Ontario graduated licensing system or re-qualify for you current class of license (G2) before your G2 license expires you will be unlicensed and unable to drive. To be able to get back on the roadway you will be required to reapply for the Level 1 license by completing a vision and knowledge test and paying the required fee.
From the information we received from MTO it appears your previous time spent at the G1 would be taken into account if you did not re-qualify for your G2 before your expiry date and had to reapply for a Level 1 (G1) license so you could move up to the G2 without waiting another 12 months as the G1 however we would advise you to check with them to verify this.
The MTO also told us that new drivers (classes G1, G2, M1, M2 or M2 with condition "L") who have passed a road test anytime within 12 months before their license expiry date, do not have to take the test again when they get their expiration notice.
For example, if the holder of a G1 class license passed the G1 road test to become a G2 holder eight months before their license expiry date, they would not have to take the test again to re-qualify for their G2 according to the MTO. They would automatically re-qualify for G2 and receive a new license good for another five years by going to a DriveTest centre and paying the $75.00 licensing fee before their license expires.
So if you are not yet ready to move up to your full G license and it has been 5 years already since you started your graduated driver's licensing process so that your G2 is going to expire soon you should see about requalifying for the G2 or check with the MTO or a DriveTest centre to see if you do go back to a G1 how long you will have to hold it before being able to move up to the G2 again.
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