You must be at least 16 years of age to apply for a novice driver Class
5, Level I (passenger car or light truck), or Class 6, Level I (motorcycle).
You will become a part of the
Graduated Driver Licensing Program.
You must present (at the time you are applying for your learner's permit) proof of age, identity and if applicable proof of legal presence in Canada. Please refer to Required Identification Documentation page. All documents must be originals. Photocopies are not accepted unless certified
You are required to pass a written and vision test. The written test consists of questions about the rules of the road, safe driving practices and road sign recognition. A mark of 85% is a passing grade for the written test.
If you are applying for a Class 6, Level I (motorcycle) licence you are required to do a balance test in addition to the written and vision tests.
You must contact the nearest Motor Registration Division office in your area for an appointment.
If you are under 19 years of age, you will be required to get parental or guardian consent before a learner's permit will be issued to you. There is a consent block provided on the driver application form.
You will be required to hold your learner's permit for a period of 12 months, or 8 months with the completion of an approved driver training or motorcycle program.
Manuals can be obtained from any Motor Registration Division Office or downloaded for free (3.6 MB).
Please refer to the Required Identification Documentation page for updated information on documentation accepted for identification and proof of age purposes.
After 12 months in Level 1 or 8 months in Level I, with the completion of an approved driver training or motorcycle program, you may take your road test. We recommend that you contact the Motor Registration Division toll free at 1-877-636-6867 prior to your graduation date to schedule a road test date and time.
On the day of your road test your vehicle will be checked for mechanical fitness and you must present the following:
Remember: Do not leave payment of your road test until appointment day and time.
See New Residents requirements.
The efficient and safe operation of commercial vehicles in our province depends primarily upon the judgement, knowledge and skill of commercial drivers. A good driver will be alert to the importance of his or her duties and will make a point of not only knowing and understanding the rules of the road but also practicing them.
The road test for a Class 4 is similar in content as that for a Class 5, except you must stop at a railway crossing.
Please note before you can obtain a commercial class of driver's licence:
All applicants holding or receiving a Class 1, 2, 3, or 4 driver’s license are required to provide a satisfactory medical report upon initial application and on a regular cycle.
Canada and the United States have agreed to recognize each other’s medical qualifications for commercial drivers. However, the United States rules restrict a person from operating a commercial vehicle if s/he has one of the following medical conditions:
Canadian commercial drivers are no longer required to carry a medical card for inspection by United States officials as proof of medical fitness; however, by February 2014 drivers must have an indicator (Code “W”) printed on their Canadian driver’s license advising that they are licenced to operate as a commercial driver only in Canada if they have one or more of the above noted medical conditions.
U.S. drivers who have the same medical conditions but who may have been grandfathered or hold medical waivers to operate commercial vehicles within the United States will have a Code “V” on their driver’s licence prohibiting them from operating commercial vehicles in Canada.
The person’s driver’s licence will display a “W” under the Rest/Cond on the front of the licence and on the back “COMMERCIAL CLASSES 1,2,3,4 VALID IN CANADA ONLY” is displayed.
It is important to note that this restriction on person’s driver’s licence does not affect his/her ability to operate as a commercial driver in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador or in any province or territory in Canada.
It also does not prevent him/her from driving passenger vehicles (cars, light trucks or vans for personal use) or motorcycles in the United States.
Personal driver licence or medical information has not been released to any other officials either within Canada or the United States.
Please refer to the Road Users Manual (3.6 MB) for further details.
|9||Air brake endorsement without brake adjustment certification.|
|9a||Air brake endorsement with brake adjustment certification.|
Air Brake manuals are available from any Motor Registration Office. You must successfully complete a written test in order to get an air brake endorsement. If you are required to adjust your brakes you must obtain Air Brake - Brake Adjustment Certification. The adjustment certification component requires a practical test in addition to the written test.
This certification requirement is mandatory for all drivers involved in interjurisdictional operations.
Drivers currently holding an air brake endorsement will require proof of air brake adjustment certification before qualifying for the 9a endorsement.
If you have completed an air brake training course in Class 1 or 3 or a Heavy Duty Mechanic or Truck and Transport Certificate, in the past 5 years at an approved training school, you will be required to present a certificate of course completion which contains the following information:
Training Facility Attended; Address; Date of Course Completion; Duration of Course (weeks); Certificate # or provide copy of certificate.
You can get your 9A (air brake with adjustment certification) without undergoing any additional testing.
You are required to supply the following
You must be able to locate the following
Applicants must demonstrate ability to adjust brakes in accordance with the following procedure for S cam brakes: Please Note: THIS PROCEDURE REQUIRES TWO PEOPLE FOR BRAKE ADJUSTMENT.
(Implemented January 5, 1996)
|75||First medical required for Class 5, 6 or 8 drivers licence.|
|80||Second medical required for Class 5, 6 or 8 drivers licence.|
|80+||Every two years thereafter.|
Commercial Driver Classes 1, 2, 3, 4
If your driver's licence is expired less than 5 years, you may renew your licence without taking any written, vision or road tests. You will be required to complete a driver's licence questionnaire and pay applicable fees for the class of licence you hold. Please contact the nearest Motor Registration Office in your area for further information.
If you hold a commercial class of licence you may be required to have a medical form completed by your family doctor. Please contact the nearest Motor Registration Office in your area for further information on the medical requirements.
If your driver's licence is expired more than 5 years you will be required to take a written vision and road test. However, you will be given credit for the time previously spent as a licenced driver and you may be exempted from the Graduated Driver Licensing Program. Please contact the Motor Registration Office in your area for further information.
You must exchange your existing driver's licence to a Newfoundland driver's licence within 3 months of taking up residence.
If your driver’s licence is in a language other than English you must provide an English translation of the licence.
People taking up residence from another province or territory in Canada can exchange their existing licence for a Newfoundland driver's licence without taking a written, vision or road test, provided:
Other licenced drivers taking up residence in the province will have their experience rated against the Newfoundland system and will be placed in the appropriate phase. Age, driving experience and class of licence currently held will determine placement.
If you are exchanging a commercial driver's licence (Class 1 - 4 ) you will also be required to complete a medical report. Blank medical forms can be obtained from the nearest Motor Registration Office in your area.
Any person who is taking up residency in Newfoundland & Labrador, who
originates from outside of Canada, and who is applying for a learner’s
permit or a driver’s licence must provide proof of their legal presence in
Canada, with one primary proof of legal presence and one secondary document
or two primary documents (one of which must be an acceptable document for
proof of legal presence) as listed within each category of acceptable
documents. Please refer to
Required Identification Documentation page.
People taking up residence from the United States can exchange their existing licence for a Newfoundland driver's licence without taking a written, vision or road test, provided:
If you are exchanging a commercial driver's licence (Class 1 - 4), you will also be required to complete a medical report. Blank medical forms can be obtained from the nearest Motor Registration office in your area.
Newfoundland & Labrador have signed Reciprocity Agreements with the following countries for the exchange of the class of licence as indicated below:
|Class 5 (Passenger Vehicle /Light Trucks) Only||Class 5 (Passenger Vehicle /Light Trucks) & Class 6 (Motorcycle)|
Republic of Korea
Isle of Mann
People taking up residence can exchange their existing licence for a Newfoundland driver's licence without taking a written, vision or road test provided:
All Other Locations
Welcome to our beautiful province! If you are a visitor in Newfoundland and Labrador you can drive in this province for up to 3 months without getting a Newfoundland driver's licence if:
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