Official MTO Drivers’ Handbooks

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) strongly recommends studying the relevant handbook(s) prior to getting behind the wheel.

Required Reading for Driver’s Licence Applicants

Designed for both new and experienced drivers, the MTO driver’s handbooks are essential for completing written knowledge tests at DriveTest Centres.

You can purchase printed copies of these handbooks at DriveTest Centres or authorized retailers across the province. Partial versions are also available on the MTO website.  

The Official MTO Driver’s Handbook

Cover of MTO Driver's Handbook

Includes Cars, Vans, and Small Trucks; Also Includes Off-Road Vehicles and Trailers

If you are learning to drive for the first time, adapting to Ontario’s road rules, or studying for a knowledge test, then this book is for you. It's all here — descriptions of the Highway Traffic Act, traffic signs, safe driving practices, and details on how to get (and keep!) your licence. Published by the Government of Ontario, it's the official handbook for drivers of cars, vans, or small trucks.

The cost of the printed handbook is $16.00 (includes taxes) (cash only).

An online version of the Driver's Handbook is on the MTO website.

The Official MTO Motorcycle Handbook

Cover of Motorcycle Handbook

Includes Mopeds, Scooters, and Three-Wheeled Motorcycles

If you are applying for a motorcycle licence, then this book is for you. It should be used along with The Official Driver's Handbook as a guide to safe riding practices and Ontario’s laws regarding motorcycles. Published by the Government of Ontario, it’s the only official handbook for motorcycle drivers.

The cost of the printed handbook is $16.00 (includes taxes) (cash only).

An online version of the Motorcycle Handbook is on the MTO website.

The Official MTO Truck Handbook

Cover of Truck Handbook

Includes Tractor-Trailers, Dump Trucks, Cement Trucks, Garbage Trucks, Fire Trucks, and Straight Trucks

If you are applying for a Class A or Class D driver's licence, then this book is for you. This guide, along with The Official MTO Driver's Handbook, provides the information you need to know what is expected of you during a road test. Published by the Government of Ontario, it’s the official handbook for truck drivers.

The cost of the printed handbook is $20.00 (includes taxes) (cash only).

An online version of the Truck Handbook is on the MTO website.

The Official MTO Bus Handbook

Cover of Bus Handbook

Includes School Buses, Commercial Passenger Buses, and Ambulances

If you are applying for a licence to operate a bus, then this book is for you. This guide, with The Official Driver's Handbook and the Official MTO Truck Handbook, provides the information you need to qualify for Class B, C, E, or F driver's licences. Published by the Government of Ontario, it’s the only official handbook for bus drivers.

The cost of the printed handbook is $20.00 (includes taxes) (cash only).

An online version of the Bus Handbook is on the MTO website.

The Official MTO Air Brake Handbook

Cover of Air Brake Handbook

Accompanies The Official MTO Truck Handbook or The Official MTO Bus Handbook

If you are applying for a Z endorsement to operate a vehicle equipped with air brakes, then this book is for you. This guide provides the information you need to know when you are applying for an air brake (Z) endorsement on your licence. Published by the Government of Ontario, it’s the only official handbook for drivers seeking an air brake endorsement.

The cost of the printed handbook is $20.00 (includes taxes) (cash only).

An online version of the Air Brake Handbook is on the MTO website.