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 Learnerís 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
Balance test
Driver education: Voluntary
Knowledge test: Motorcycle safety values
Parental consent: If driver is under 18 years of age
Vision test
EXIT REQUIREMENTS
Parental consent
Successfully passed test ⁄ course
Time completion: See Minimum duration section below
STAGE DURATION
Minimum duration: 3 months, reduced to 1 month if an approved motorcycle training course was completed
Maximum holding period: 1 year
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: Can only drive during daylight hours
Other restrictions
Passenger restrictions: No passengers
Road restrictions
SUSPENSION & PROHIBITION
Lower driver penalty point threshold
DRIVER IMPROVEMENT ACTIONS
N⁄A
ADDITIONAL LEARNER FEATURES
N⁄A

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