International driver’s licence (IDP):
An International Driving Permit, or IDP, is a special driver’s licence that allows licensed motorists to drive in other countries without further tests or applications. DriveTest Centres do not process IDPs; you must contact the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) to apply for an IDP.
An abbreviation for interactive voice response. A technology that enables people to perform tasks with (or interact with) a computer through the use of voice and/or a touchtone phone. At DriveTest, customers have the option of learning about or booking driver examinations via this website, in person at a DriveTest Centre, through the DriveTest call centre, or through an IVR.
Letter of authentication:
A customer-provided document that supports a foreign licence exchange application.
Limited speed motorcycle (LSM):
A type of motorcycle to which the manufacturer has affixed a compliance label, as required by the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (Canada), that indicates the vehicle type as “LSM/MVL.” Typically, LSMs are gas-powered, cannot go faster than 70 km/h, have a “step-through design,” and automatic transmission.
Medical examination report:
A report/form completed by a physician or nurse practitioner (registered nurse-extended class) to indicate a commercial driver’s licence applicant’s physical fitness to operate a vehicle. Applicants must produce a Medical Report (SR-LC-80) as evidence that they are medically fit to operate a class A, B, C, D, E, or F motor vehicle.
An abbreviation for the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario. The provincial government ministry is responsible for roads and transportation infrastructure, vehicle and driver licensing, public transit, transportation policy, etc.
A type of licence for drivers of passenger vehicles that are not primarily used for business purposes. Class G and Class M licences are considered non-commercial licences.
Novice driver/novice licence:
A driver who holds a Class G1, G2, M1, or M2 driver’s licence.
Offsite testing location:
An unmarked, approved DriveTest location used by some driver examiners on a part-time basis to administer road tests for applicants pursuing Class A, B, C, D, E, F, M, and/or Z driver’s licences.
An abbreviation for out-of-country non-reciprocating. It refers to countries with which Ontario does not have a reciprocal (exchange) agreement.
Original driver/original licence:
A type of driver’s licence. The term refers to applicants applying for their licence for the first time, foreign licence applicants (ONRs), and/or Ontario applicants who have let their licence expire for over one year. This term may also refer to the fact that all licences and ID presented at a DriveTest Centre must be the original – photocopies and faxes are not acceptable.
A driver from outside of Canada is applying for an Ontario driver’s licence.
An outcome of a road test appointment as a result of an inappropriate vehicle or ill-prepared driver’s licence applicant. An applicant must provide a vehicle for the road test. If the applicant fails to bring a vehicle to the road test or the vehicle is not roadworthy or safe, an out-of-order is declared, and the road test is cancelled. If an out-of-order is declared, the applicant will lose 50% of their road test fee and will be required to pay the outstanding 50% to schedule another road test.
Out-of-province (OOP) driver:
A driver from a province, territory, or country other than Ontario who is applying for an Ontario driver’s licence. Ontario has reciprocal licence exchange agreements with all the other Canadian provinces and territories and several countries.
A vehicle in Class G or Class M is typically used privately and for personal transportation. This type of vehicle is not typically used for hauling commercial goods or large groups of people. The term non-commercial vehicle may also be used to describe this vehicle type.
An outdoor test was conducted in a parking lot to evaluate an applicant’s hands-on knowledge of air brakes. Successful completion of a knowledge test and a practical test will allow a driver’s licence applicant to legally drive a vehicle with air brakes and receive a Z endorsement on their licence.
See circle check.
Public test/public booking:
A road test booked by an individual (opposed to a driving school). The term is used on the DriveTest website to differentiate road test appointments booked by individuals from those booked by commercial (truck and bus) training schools.
See check-in kiosk.
A country, state, province, or territory that has made arrangements with the province such that residents of that jurisdiction can exchange their original driver’s licence for an Ontario driver’s licence, provided that certain requirements are met.
A process that may involve demonstrating driving skill and/or knowledge, showing proof of eligibility and/or physical fitness, providing identification, and paying fees periodically to remain a licensed driver in Ontario. All fully licensed drivers are required to renew their licence. Renewal cycles are based on age and class of licence held. Renewable licences can be renewed up to one year following the date of expiry.
A type of hands-on examination that takes place in a vehicle, on the streets, roads, and expressways surrounding the DriveTest Centre. Driver’s licence applicants provide a vehicle and a driver examiner rides in the vehicle (or follow behind, in the case of motorcycles) to observe and evaluate the applicant’s driving skill.
Serco is a service delivery company that specializes in delivering essential services on behalf of local and national governments and companies around the world. Serco Canada delivers driver examination services to Ontarians on behalf of the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario.
A brief interruption in service provision at a DriveTest Centre, usually as a result of extreme weather conditions, emergencies, major construction projects, etc. Service disruptions may have an impact on scheduled road test appointments.