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Cars and Driving

Simcoe County is the second largest county in Ontario based upon physical size. The types of communities in Simcoe County vary from urban to rural and farmland, and are connected to each other by roadways. Travelling by car is important in Simcoe County because public transit is not available in all areas of Simcoe County.

If you live in Ontario and want to drive, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a valid Ontario driver's licence and carry it with you when driving
  • Have a valid owner's permit, licence plate and automobile insurance
  • Obey the traffic laws and drive safely.

The process to get a driver's licence depends on if you are a new driver, or if you have had a driver's licence before. The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) is the government department that controls driver's licences and vehicle registration in Ontario. You will need to show approved identity documents and pay a fee. In all cases, you have to go to a Driver Examination Centre.

If you already have a driver's licence

If you have a driver's licence from another country, you may be able to exchange it for an Ontario driver's licence. Click here for more information from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation about how to switch a driver's license from another province, state or country for an Ontario driver's licence

If you are a new driver

If you don't already have a driver's licence, you will have to apply for an Ontario driver's licence. Ontario has a graduated licensing system, which means there is a process to follow to get a full licence. The process includes passing a knowledge test and two road tests. 

Here are some links to learn more information about in Ontario: