Nova Scotia

PASSENGER VEHICLES MOTORCYCLES 1 MOTORCYCLES 2

To obtain a licence to operate a passenger vehicle in NS, there are 3 stages: Class 7(Learner); Class 5N (Newly Licensed Driver); Class 5R (Restricted Individual); and, Class 5 (Experienced driver).

Effective date of program implementation: Oct.1, 1994; Amended April 1, 2015


AGE REQUIREMENTS
Minimum entry age: 16 years
Minimum exit age
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Driver education: Voluntary; there are two versions of the driver training program that is approved by Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations - the short course involves 6 hours of classroom time, while the longer course involves at least 25 hours of classroom time and 10 hours of supervised driving
Knowledge test
Parental consent: If driver is under 18 years of age
Vision test
EXIT REQUIREMENTS
Successfully passed test ⁄ course: Class 5 road test
Time completion: See Minimum duration section below
STAGE DURATION
Minimum duration: 6 months, may be reduced to 3 months if a recognized driver education or training program is taken
Maximum holding period: 1 year
SUPERVISORY DRIVER
Age
BAC level while supervising
Driver log
Licence held: Fully licensed
Location while supervising: In the 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
Night driving: Only permitted with a supervisory driver.
Other restrictions
Passenger restrictions: No passengers
Road restrictions
SUSPENSION & PROHIBITION
Lower driver penalty point threshold: 4 instead of 12; if Learner drivers get 4+ demerit points, their licence will be suspended for 6 months
Suspension will affect your ability to take the road test and more
DRIVER IMPROVEMENT ACTIONS
N⁄A
ADDITIONAL CLASS 7 FEATURES
N⁄A

CONTACT INFORMATION
Christine Eisan
Senior Policy Advisor, Transportation & Infrastructure Renewal
Phone: 1-888-432-3233 
Email: christine.eisan@novascotia.ca

Stefanie Turner
Program Administration Officer, Transportation & Infrastructure Renewal
Phone: 1-888-432-3233 
Email: stefanie.turner@novascotia.ca

WEBSITES
Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal - http://novascotia.ca/tran/
 
Nova Scotia Registry of Motor Vehicles - Graduated Drivers Licence System - http://www.novascotia.ca/sns/rmv/licence/gradlic.asp