The Ontario government is beginning to open temporary road test centres on Monday, August 9, to increase the number of passenger road tests (class G2/G) available in areas where demand is highest. The first two temporary road test centres will open in Guelph and Oshawa, with one more more following in September in Durham/York region.
“We are taking concrete action to clear the road test backlog, and that includes opening temporary road test centres so people who need tests can get one as soon as possible,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “As Ontario continues to head in the right direction in the fight against Covid-19, we have an aggressive plan in place to hire additional temporary driver examiners, open additional centres to offer road testing, and extend weekday operating hours for passenger road testing, including weekends.”
Starting Monday, the two temporary centres opening will exclusively offer class G2/G road tests daily from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm The Oshawa site will operate seven days a week, while the site in Guelph will operate five days a week starting in August and expand operations to seven days a week in November.
The four additional temporary road test centres opening next month will serve Toronto, Hamilton/Niagara, Mississauga/Brampton, and York/Durham.
To book your road test, please visit DriveTest.ca, the only official channel for booking a road test. You should never give your driver’s licence to a third party or an unknown website. DriveTest will never charge you an additional fee to book or reschedule a road test.
“Opening temporary road test centres will help clear the backlog and allow hard-working residents in the Region of Durham to book an assessment as early as possible. The temporary drive centre in Oshawa will give the people of Durham Region the quickest path to getting back on the road,” said Lorne Coe, MPP for Whitby.
- Because of the high demand for road test appointments, we are unable to prioritize customers with cancelled appointments. As measures to address capacity are implemented, additional road test appointments will be made available. Please continue to check DriveTest.ca for new blocks of road test appointments.
- If your road test was cancelled due COVID-19 restrictions, you will receive a credit on the system so that you can rebook your test.
- To protect the health and safety of DriveTest customers and staff, customers will be required to wear face masks inside centres and during road tests, sanitize their hands, complete the Patron/customer screening developed by the province and share their “passed” results prior to the road test or admittance to the centre.
- Road test applicants may be required to provide a contact phone number should contact tracing be required. Applicants are required to keep vehicle windows open to ensure proper airflow.
- All DriveTest staff will wear appropriate personal protective equipment when serving customers, and driver examiners will also be equipped with face shields, sanitizer packages and seat covers when conducting road tests.