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The day you apply for a Nova Scotia driver’s licence does not have to be overly challenging. There are some simple steps that can help you get ready to complete the application without feeling anxious and stressed out. Even if you only plan to drive only once or twice a month you will still find that it is very helpful to have this form of identification available.
For most people a driver’s licence is a symbol of adult independence. Teens are eager to pass the Nova Scotia driving test and then try out their wings by driving a car, truck or motorcycle. Many adults have a more pragmatic view of the rights and responsibilities that a driver’s licence means to them. No matter how you plan to put your licence to use the first step is to actually obtain this small bit of plastic that is emblazoned with your name, address and photo.
How do you know if you qualify for a driver’s licence in Nova Scotia? It is recommended that each individual review the requirements. Then make certain that you have met each of the mandatory requirements before you apply for the licence.
Nova Scotia adopted a graduated system for the licensing of drivers in 1994. There are three levels of licence classification (learner-newly licenced-fully licenced). This comprehensive system is now utilized for all new drivers who are applying for licensure within the boundaries of Nova Scotia.
You must apply at an office of the Registry of Motor Vehicles when you want to get a Nova Scotia drivers licence. You will be required to show proof of identity and proof that you are either a legal resident of Canada (or have the legal right to Canadian residency).
Your proof of identity must include at least two legal and valid documents that attest to your name and birthdate. You must additionally show proof of where you live in Nova Scotia. A valid signature and picture ID must be presented to the officials. You could use a Canadian ID card, school ID, birth certificate or passport as your documentation. Other forms of identification will also be accepted.
Beginning drivers can apply for a learner’s licence at the age of 16 (with the written consent of parent or guardian). At the age of 19 an individual does not have to obtain written consent and may apply for a licence on their own behalf.
This learner’s licence is appropriate for those wishing to graduate to either a Class 7 or a Class 8 driver’s licence. These drivers will then be allowed to operate a vehicle as long as they adhere to the mandatory restrictions that are enforced with all individuals who are classified as “learning drivers”.
Once you have passed the eye exam and the written Nova Scotia driving test that deals with driver knowledge you will be eligible to receive your learner’s licence. In Nova Scotia you will have to wait six months before you can apply for an upgrade in your licence status. Those individuals who have completed a Nova Scotia driver training program will be able to apply for an upgrade after a three month waiting period.
Defensive Driving Program
New drivers are required to complete a Defensive Driving program. Learners must sign up and successfully pass either a 6 hour course that targets safety and defensive driving techniques, or a comprehensive 35 hour Driver training program. A certificate is awarded to those who successfully pass these courses. This certificate must be duly recorded at the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
The Road Test
Once these requirements have been met the applicant is allowed to book a road test. Upon passing the road test a Nova Scotia resident will be classified as a Newly licenced driver for a period of at least 24 months. There will still be some driving restrictions that will be enforced for individuals with this driver classification.
In certain instances a new driver may apply for an exemption status that will allow them to operate a vehicle during the night (12am-5am) if they need transportation to work. These situations are judged on an individual basis.
Additional rules and restrictions will apply to those who are seeking licences to operate motorcycles.
Anyone who has a Nova Scotia drivers licence that has already expired must re-apply for a new licence. If the expiration date is less than 3 years then you will not be required to take the road test or the knowledge exam. If your licence has been expired for a longer period than 3 years then you must undergo the graduated driver licensing program just as a new driver would be expected to do.