I got into this driving thing kinda late, which means I have a probationary driver's license from Victoria, Australia that looks kinda like this:
I have built a family over the past years and we depend heavily on this drivers license now.
Due to some lucky circumstances, I have gotten the opportunity to move to Canada Ontario. However, it seems that you can NOT get car insurance there without a valid Ontario license, hence why I am looking to exchange my license there.
The main worry of mine is, that they don't have a proper exchange table for license types. They are going by drivers experience (at least 3 years) to get a full Canadian license or direct exchange for certain countries.
I am on my P2 and this basically means I've been driving for less than 3 years and am thus not allowed to drink a single drop of alcohol before driving or rack up more than 5 demerit points/year (vs 10 for full license holders).
The Canadian DriveTest-center asks for a drivers abstract to check for drivers experience. However, the drivers abstract I've gotten, only shows the latest license type (P2) issuing date. which means that I will not have sufficient drivers experience according to the paper (No other license type held before will be shown).
But then again, Australia has a direct exchange agreement with Ontario. Which is where the confusion gets even worse. Will they just exchange my license right away?
The Canadian licensing system:
G1 (learners, hold 1 year) take test -> G2 (hold one year) take test -> G (Full license)
The Australian licensing system:
L (learners, hold 1 year) take test -> P1 (hold 1 year) take test -> P2( hold 3 years, no alcohol, otherwise unrestricted) -> Automatically get full license without test after those 3 years
Calling there was absolutely useless and they don't pick up 90% of the time anyways, and when they do, they ask you to come into a physical location in Canada.
This move would be a huge financial and mental investment for my whole family and just chancing getting a license there is not something I am willing to risk.
Their whole website is very unclear or specific factors.
Due to this, I have written an email to them explaining my situation, but It seems like there was a misunderstanding. The P2 license is a Class C license, from my understanding. P2 is just the step in graduation. The class/license type is still CAR.
Here is the email I have received:
Thank you for your email. Serco Canada Inc. (Serco), operating as DriveTest delivers driver examination services on behalf of the Government of Ontario. The Ministry of Transportation and Serco work in partnership for improvements, ensuring we continue to provide the best possible service to all our customers.
The licence exchange agreement between Ontario and Australia extends only to Australia class C or R licences. There is no exchange agreement in place for P1 or P2 licences; however, experienced earned at a P1 or P2 level can be used towards reducing the wait periods within Ontario’s graduated licensing system. For information on the graduated process, please refer to : Drivers’ Licences – Cars – DriveTest Home Once you have successfully completed the knowledge test and have obtained the class G1, staff will be able to credit you with your experience to reduce the wait period for the class G2 road test. Please ensure that you bring your licence and supporting documentation with you.
Once again, thank you for writing.
Did anyone have a similar experience? How did it go for you?