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Driving & Smart Commute

CarIf you want to drive a car in Ontario, you must:

  • Have a Driver's licence
  • Register your vehicle
  • Obtain Ontario licence plates
  • Have insurance to drive in Ontario

Vehicles on Ontario roads must be registered, insured and maintained to meet certain basic standards. If you own a vehicle, you are responsible for making sure it meets the requirements.

Visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation website “Drivers and Vehicles” to learn more about:

  • Driving in Ontario
  • Graduated Licensing
  • Licence Types
  • Exchanging an Out-of-Country Licence
  • Licensing Changes - Operators of Motor Scooters/Mopeds
  • Beginner Driver Education Courses
  • Driver's Handbooks
  • Road Test Booking Online
  • Licensing a Vehicle in Ontario

A special Newcomer's Guide to getting a driver's Licence in Ontario is available at or call toll free 1-800-268-4686.

If you have any questions call 1-800-268-4686 or contact your nearest Drive Test Centre.

Road Safety – Drivers and Passengers

All passengers must wear a seatbelt in the car once the car is moving.

If you have small children, it is important to know that in Ontario there are special laws for transporting children in cars.

Visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation website “Road Safety” to learn more about:

  • Seat Belts
  • Child Car Seats
  • School Bus Safety

Buying a Car (Automobile)

Ministry of Consumer and Government Service has information about buying or selling a used or a new car.

Other information links

To find a local automobile dealer, check the local Yellow Pages Directory under "Automobile Dealers – New Cars", Automobile Dealers – Used Cars” or visit for a telephone list of new and used automobile dealers. 

Smart Commute Durham

Smart Commute Durham LogoSmart Commute Durham helps local employers and commuters explore and promote different commuter choices, such as carpooling, tele-work, public transit, cycling, walking or flexible work hours.

This program is part of a broader effort across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area that aims to reduce traffic congestion and take action on climate change through transportation efficiency.

For more information visit



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