Nova Scotia

PASSENGER VEHICLES MOTORCYCLES 1 MOTORCYCLES 2

To obtain a motorcycle licence in NS, there are two GDL stages: Class 7 or 8 (Learner); and Class 6 (Novice). Initially, riders have to qualify for a Class 7 Learner’s licence because it covers the basic tests everyone must pass, i.e. vision, road signs, traffic and safety rules. NS riders can then get a separate motorcycle licence or get a motorcycle endorsement added on to their passenger vehicle licence.
Effective date of program implementation: Oct.1, 1994


AGE REQUIREMENTS
Minimum entry age: 18 years
Minimum exit age
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Parental consent
Successfully passed test  ⁄ course: Practical skills motorcycle test
Time completion: Held a Learner licence for 3 months, 1 month if approved motorcycle training course was completed
EXIT REQUIREMENTS
If drivers complete the requirements, they will have the following endorsements added to their driver’s licence: A – Valid for the operation of any motor vehicle
Or
D – Valid for motorcycles with engines of 100 cc’s or less
Successfully passed test ⁄ course: Advanced skills road test
Time completion: Held a Learner licence for 3 months, 1 month if approved motorcycle training course was completed
STAGE DURATION
Minimum duration
Maximum holding period
SUPERVISORY DRIVER
Age
BAC level while supervising
Licence held
Location while supervising
Time Licensed
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
Other restrictions
Passenger restrictions
Road restrictions
SUSPENSION & PROHIBITION
Lower driver penalty point threshold
DRIVER IMPROVEMENT ACTIONS
N⁄A
ADDITIONAL LEARNER FEATURES
If driver completes an approved motorcycle training course, the chief instructor will stamp their licence with “LM”; the driver will not be examined by a driver enhancement officer because both practical tests were included in the training program

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