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• At least 18 years old
• Valid Class G licence or higher
• Passing mark on the applicable knowledge test
• Ability to meet vision standards
• Passing mark on the applicable road test at DriveTest or from an MTO-recognized authority

Starting July 1, 2017, commercial Class A truck drivers will require mandatory entry-level training. Please visit the Ministry of Transportation's (MTO) website for more information regarding mandatory entry-level training for Class A truck drivers.
• A medical report is required when you apply for your commercial driver’s licence. A medical examination and the associated medical report are completed by a physician or nurse practitioner (registered nurse-extended class); some may choose to charge for this service. Your chosen medical professional is required by law to report to the licensing authorities any medical condition that might affect your safe operation of a motor vehicle. MTO medical requirements must be satisfied before any test (except vision) may be administered at a DriveTest Centre. Blank medical forms for new applicants can be obtained from any DriveTest Centre in Ontario, although some physicians and recognized authorities (employers) may already have them.
Medical Examination Reports
Obtaining a Commercial Driver’s Licence
• Many people choose to complete the commercial licence and the Z endorsement (for air brakes) steps together.

If you have taken an air brake course at an accredited driving school, you may be exempted from completing the Z endorsement knowledge and practical tests by showing the applicable certificate. Generally, the process for obtaining a commercial driver’s licence is as follows:

1. Optionally visit a DriveTest Centre to pick up the necessary materials required for commercial testing, including the medical examination report form and any printed driver’s handbooks you may require. Visiting a DriveTest Centre may not be necessary if you can obtain the materials elsewhere (e.g., from your physician’s office or by accessing the handbooks online).

2. Study for the written knowledge test(s).
As a driver of one of the largest vehicles on the road, you must study and practice to learn to drive carefully and safely. Ontario’s driver handbooks are great resources. The operator’s manual for the vehicle(s) you intend to drive is also useful for your commercial driver’s test(s), which includes a pre-trip inspection (circle check).

3. Visit a physician or nurse practitioner (registered nurse–extended class) of your choice to complete the medical examination and the medical examination report form. A medical report is valid for six months. Be sure to apply for your licence before the report expires.

4. Apply for a driver’s licence (and/or Z endorsement) at a DriveTest Centre.
At the DriveTest Centre, you will be required to present acceptable ID, provide a valid and complete medical report form, and complete several forms at the time of your application.

5. Take a vision test at the DriveTest Centre. The test takes only a few minutes and is completed by a customer service agent at a DriveTest Centre when you apply. Bring any corrective lenses with you, if required

6. Pay the applicable fees at a DriveTest Centre. Fees are set by the MTO and are subject to change. Fees can be paid by cash, credit card (VISA, MasterCard, or American Express), debit card, certified business cheque, certified personal cheque, bank draft or money order (each made payable to the DriveTest Centre), or travellers cheque. Please note that, if required, retests and subsequent attempts will incur additional charges.

7. Complete and pass a written knowledge test(s) at a DriveTest Centre. Class G licence holders are allowed to practice in a commercial vehicle before they pass a written test; however, most people take the knowledge test prior to hands-on/in-vehicle learning.

The knowledge test for each class of licence typically takes approximately 30 minutes. There is no appointment required. Knowledge tests are available on a first come, first serve basis. To allow sufficient time, it is highly recommended that applicants arrive at least one hour or more prior to office close, especially on Saturdays and school holidays.

You must successfully complete a road test within one year of completing a written test. Otherwise, you will need to write the knowledge test and take the vision test again, including paying the applicable fee. If you are unsuccessful in your knowledge test, you may pay the fee and take the test again.

8. Practise, practise, practise your driving.
Class G holders may drive a class A, B, C, D, E, or F vehicle for the purpose of receiving instruction, provided a fully licensed driver of the applicable class is occupying a seat beside the driver.

9. Book a road test and then take a commercial road test (and/or Z endorsement practical test). You may book multiple tests for the same day. For example, you may wish to obtain your Z endorsement on the same day as your classified test by selecting a combination test (i.e., AZ, DZ, etc.). You are required to bring a working vehicle in good condition of the relevant class to your road test appointment. Road tests have a set time frame. The examiner will explain the test components and timing on the day of the test.

If you are unsuccessful, you must wait 10 days and try the road test again by booking another appointment and paying the applicable fees.

Eligible driver's licence applicants can book a road test appointment online, over the phone, or in person. If required, please see the Online Road Test Booking Application Instructions page for step-by-step help in making bookings using this website.

10. Enjoy your commercial licence. Drive safely.
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