Newfoundland and Labrador

PASSENGER VEHICLES MOTORCYCLES

To obtain a licence to operate a passenger vehicle in NL, there are two GDL stages: Class 5 - Level I (Learner); and Class 5 - Level II (Novice).
Effective date of program implementation: January 1, 1999.


AGE REQUIREMENTS
Minimum entry age: 16 years
Minimum exit age: 16 years, 8 months
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Driver education: Voluntary
Knowledge test: Must score at least 85%
Parental consent: By one parent/guardian, if driver is under 19 years
Vision test
EXIT REQUIREMENTS
Successfully passed test ⁄ course: Class 5 road test
Time completion: See Minimum duration section below
STAGE DURATION
Minimum duration: 12 months, may be reduced to 8 months if an approved driver education course is passed
Maximum holding period: 2 years
SUPERVISORY DRIVER
Age
BAC level while supervising: 0.0 BAC
Driver log
Licence held: Fully licensed
Location while supervising: In front passenger seat
Time Licensed: At least 4 years
SUPERVISED DRIVING
Minimum amount of supervised driving
DRIVING RESTRICTIONS AND CONDITIONS
BAC level while driving: 0.0 BAC
Display "L" sign⁄plate when driving: Instead of an “L” sign, a "NOVICE DRIVER" sign must be displayed upon the rear of the motor vehicle being driven; lettering must be a minimum of 5 cm in height, in black lettering, on a white background
Night driving: No driving between midnight and 5 a.m. Passenger restrictions: No passengers, except supervisor (exception for parents/guardians if driver is enrolled in driver education and is accompanied by a licensed instructor)
Other restrictions
Passenger restrictions
Road restrictions
SUSPENSION & PROHIBITION
Lower driver penalty point threshold: Licence suspensions are issued at 6 demerit points (instead of 12) accumulated over two years; the suspension periods are: 2 months for 1st offence; 4 months for 2nd offence; and 6 months for 3rd offence
Violation of the zero BAC limit: Roadside suspensions issued by the police for exceeding 0 mg% BAC, begin immediately upon issuance of the notice by the officer; two suspensions will require the Novice Driver to complete an Alcohol Education Program; three or more suspensions will require the Novice Driver to undergo an alcohol dependency evaluation/treatment program
DRIVER IMPROVEMENT ACTIONS
If demerit points are accumulated, the Novice Driver must complete a demerit points "Responsible Drivers Workshop" reinstatement course; if the Novice Driver has not reached suspension level, a points reduction course will permit the removal of up to four (4) points every five (5) years
A suspension requires the Novice Driver to re-start at the level attained, however, credit is permitted for tests or education courses previously taken
ADDITIONAL CLASS 5 LEVEL I FEATURES
If the driver is a 16 year old driver presenting a valid driver's licence from another jurisdiction which has a graduated driver licensing program, they will be placed in Class 5, Level I. If they have taken an approved driver education course, they will be given a 4 month credit and upon reaching 16 years 8 months, will receive a Class 5, Level II driver's licence. If they have not taken a driver education course they will remain at Level I until their 17th birthday, at which time they will graduate to a Class 5, Level II licence. A road test is not required since they would have already passed a road test in another jurisdiction.
No upgrade to commercial class driver licence
Other licensed 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

CONTACT INFORMATION
Geoff Ewing
Manager, Highway Safety Programs
Department of Government Services
Administration, Motor Vehicle Registration
PO BOX 8710
St. John’s, NL A1B 4J5
Phone: 709-729-2519 
Email: mrd_info@gov.nl.ca; Lenora Taylor ltaylor@gov.nl.ca
Website:
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador – GDL Program -: http://www.gs.gov.nl.ca/drivers/DriversandVehicles/driverlicensing/graduateddriver.html