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My husband currently has a G1 license in Ontario. He's never really needed anything more than that, since he lives in Toronto. I was reading online that you have to have your G2 for a year to be able to get a full G license. Is that year minimum not skip-able due to age or anything? We were originally planning on having him finish up his license in Canada, and then the DMV in Oklahoma said he could transfer it here, but now I'm thinking he'll just have to do his tests here.

 

Anyone have any experience with something like this?


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If you hold a valid license issued by another country and are staying in Oklahoma for a short visit, you are not required to obtain an Oklahoma drivers license. However, if you accept employment or become a resident, you will have to surrender your license and apply for an Oklahoma drivers license. In most cases, you will be required to take a written examination and driving test at a Department of Public Safety office before you can be issued a license. Contact the closest DPS office to find out if you need any prior testing.

 

you can find this on the Oklahoma driving license site

just google "transfer Canadian license to oklahoma"

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Btw in my link it specifically says Canadian province.  I do love it when US states acknowledge that we can drive up here.  Colorado was similar.  Just transfer it over like it's another state. 


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1 hour ago, NikLR said:

So it wouldn't just transfer to a learner's permit (the equivalent of a G1) here?

 

In the meantime, I'm gonna have him go to the MOT (lol @ that name though) and see if he can skip to the G test from G1. I think I read somewhere that it may be possible, but if he fails, he'll have to do the G2 instead. I feel like it'd be easier for him to test up there, since that's where he's driven before and he'd be more comfortable there.


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12 minutes ago, hollycenations said:

So it wouldn't just transfer to a learner's permit (the equivalent of a G1) here?

 

In the meantime, I'm gonna have him go to the MOT (lol @ that name though) and see if he can skip to the G test from G1. I think I read somewhere that it may be possible, but if he fails, he'll have to do the G2 instead. I feel like it'd be easier for him to test up there, since that's where he's driven before and he'd be more comfortable there.

My guess is they might catch it and give him the learner's equivalent.

 

With that said, it might be worth it for him to pass the drivers test just for the safety of himself as well as others on the road, as he hasn't yet before. :) He's lucky though, I had a drivers license in Alberta and GA didn't even recognize it and I had to do the learners and drivers all over again, however there's no time restriction between learners and full drivers in most states it seems (unlike Alberta, ugh, 1 year limit as a learners regardless of age), so if he really wanted he could do them back-to-back!

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1 hour ago, Transborderwife said:

Worse comes to worse, he may need to do a drivers test.  The tests down here are significantly easier than Ontario drivers tests

And a lot less expensive. 


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Gotcha. Thanks everyone! He's pretty much decided he'll do whatever testing necessary here, instead of up there. I didn't realize it was so expensive! (like $200, is what he said) Also don't really have a gauge for difficulty, since I've only ever tested here, and it was so long ago.


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Just now, hollycenations said:

Gotcha. Thanks everyone! He's pretty much decided he'll do whatever testing necessary here, instead of up there. I didn't realize it was so expensive! (like $200, is what he said) Also don't really have a gauge for difficulty, since I've only ever tested here, and it was so long ago.

Yes it may be different there, but in Florida where I am your test isn't in a parking lot.  In Ontario it was on a highway and city streets.

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48 minutes ago, Transborderwife said:

Yes it may be different there, but in Florida where I am your test isn't in a parking lot.  In Ontario it was on a highway and city streets.

Hmm, interesting! I do remember the practical here (sadly, I took it 5 times because the guy I took it with most of those times was a real curmudgeon), and ours were on city streets as well. I took most of them in a small town (where the curmudgeon was, and where I lived), and my winning one was in a nearby mid-sized city. We went on busier streets there, but no hardcore highways or anything.


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Ours here in Georgia is also done on live traffic, and we even went on a freeway for a short time too, but overall the road test took 15 minutes. I think it was also much easier, as I scored 100% on the written test, and a near perfect score on the driving test, but then again this test was taken with 10+ years of driving experience under my belt where the initial tests I took in Alberta was literally just a few weeks of training at a driving school.


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My wife had a G1 license from Ontario when we moved to AZ, they gave her the regular license when she passed the written test.  She failed the G2 exit test before our move and she was so relieved she didn't need to do any road test in Arizona LOL

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Each state is different. I went through the graduated system in Ontario:

 

G1 - essentially a written test, learner's permit

G2 - road test, can drive alone with restrictions

G (aka full G) - G2 exit road test without restrictions

 

My first move was to Ohio, and the requirement there was to pass a written test in order to convert my Ontario G to an Ohio state license. When I moved to Washington, it was just turning in my Ohio license for a Washington one.

 

When my wife moved to Washington with her Ontario G, she had to go though a written test and road test. I suppose if she was from British Columbia, a neighboring province, there would have been reciprocity licensing recognition.

 

It is scary to know how some states don't even attempt to look at the out of country licenses they are converting, even though information is out there.

 

IMO graduated licensing works, though my albeit small sample size between ON, OH and WA. The bad drivers I tend to see in Ontario are just overly cautious. The bad drivers in OH and WA are just plain bad, some don't know what the hell they're doing.

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When I got my NY license it was a headache. I had to switch over from my ON license within 30 days from becoming a NYS resident. However, because I came in a k1 visa and was in the process of AOS, they would not issue me a NYS license as I did not have a valid GC. They were actually going to take away my ON license at the DMV until I insisted that they call someone at a branch in NYC. They finally issued a visitor license. That license had a visitor notation on it. It was so aggravating.

 

Then again I live in a super small town in which the DMV does not see many immigrants coming in from Canada.


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