Obtaining Your Driver’s License in Canada

Obtaining Your Driver’s License in Canada

To legally operate a vehicle in Canada, you will need a driver’s license issued by the provincial government of the province in which you live. Each province has its own requirements for issuing driver’s licenses. Your eligibility will depend on your driving history and you may be required to pass a written exam on the rules of the road, in addition to one or two driving tests.

Provincial departments that issue driver’s license1:

I have a driver’s license from another country. How do I get an Ontario driver’s license?2

You must present official, written confirmation of your driving experience.

Written confirmation is an original letter from the licensing agency where you received your original license (such as the ministry of transportation in your country or state), or from the Embassy, Consulate, or High Commissioner’s offices representing the other country.

The letter must be:

  • Written on official letterhead
  • Written in English or French – If it is written in another language, you must submit a letter of translation from a qualified translator.
  • Dated – It cannot be more than 6 months old.

This letter must include information about:

  • The date first licensed
  • License expiry date
  • Class of license
  • The validity of the license for the relevant period of time for the purposes of exchange and experience.

Age of Eligibility

Driving age is on a province-by-province basis. In most provinces, the age to begin learning is 16. In Alberta, a learner’s permit may be obtained at age 14.


For a full list of age and license class requirements, please visit here.