Licensing driving instructors

On July 29, 2013 City Council passed an amendment to the Business Licence by-law to licence driving instructors operating in Guelph. This amendment to the Business Licence by-law allows the City to regulate where driver instruction can take place in Guelph.

Frequently asked questions

Municipal driving instructor licensing regulations help address community safety concerns related to an increase in traffic from driver training on residential streets near Guelph’s Drive Test Centre, and ensure driving instructors are licensed by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and possess liability insurance.

By licensing driving instructors, the City aims to:

  • reduce traffic on residential streets near Guelph’s Drive Test Centre
  • reduce the number of driving instructors operating without a valid Ministry of Transportation Driving Instructor Licence and liability insurance

The business licence bylaw requires all individuals who accept payment for the purposes of providing driver instruction/training in Guelph to be licensed.

The business licence application must provide:

  1. One valid piece of identification
  2. Automobile liability insurance endorsed for driver training operations
  3. Proof the individual possesses a valid Ministry of Transportation Driving Instructor’s Licence

If a driving instructor provides training in Guelph a City of Guelph business licence is required.

Licensing a driving school would not be as effective as licensing instructors when regulating driving instructors operating on Guelph’s residential streets. This is because not all instructors are employed by a driving school.

The Ministry of Transportation’s licensing for driving instructors does not regulate where driving instructors provide their instruction. Business licensing for driving instructors does allow the City to regulate the locations where driver training can take place.

The City’s intent is to reduce the number of driving instructor vehicles on regulated streets. Driving instructor vehicles are permitted for use for a student’s Ministry of Transportation driving examination. Further, driving instructors providing training to residents residing on these streets will be permitted to operate on the street for the purpose of providing training to these students.

Please call the Bylaw Compliance Office at 519-836-7275. The City will respond and confirm whether the vehicle is being used for a Ministry of Transportation driving examination or if a resident of the street is being provided instruction.