Getting a New Brunswick Drivers License: Requirements and Things to Know
Many new NB drivers feel overwhelmed by the licensing process.
They don’t know what needs to be done and wish that there was a way to get helpful tips for navigating the process. There is an easy way to learn about getting a license in New Brunswick. This article will walk you through the process step by step and will offer helpful information that you can use along the way. While it won’t make getting your license simple, it will make it an achievable goal to work towards.
How To Proceed
Get a Driver’s Handbook
The first step to getting a drivers license in New Brunswick is to pass a permit test. We highly recommend you practice using our FREE New Brunswick Practice Test.
Once you have your permit you can start practicing your driving skills and prepare for your on the road test. While you don’t have to study to pass the test, it is a good idea. The test will consist of a variety of multiple choice questions about road signs, driving laws and safety principles. All of this information and more is covered in the New Brunswick driver’s handbook, so pick one up today and start studying. There is a nominal $5 fee for the handbook, but it is well worth the investment. If you prefer, you can get a free copy of the guide online using the link above.
Schedule an Appointment for Testing at a Service New Brunswick Centre
There are several Service New Brunswick centres located in various locations throughout the province. This is where you will go for license testing. Contact them directly to schedule your appointment for your permit test.
Gather the Necessary Documents
When you go in for your testing appointment make sure that you bring the necessary documentation along with you. You should bring your passport, birth certificate and two forms of address verification like a utility bill or tax return. If you are under 19 your parent may be needed, so be sure to ask when you set the appointment.
Does New Brunswick Have a Graduated Licensing Program?
All Canadian provinces and territories, with the exception of Nunavut have a graduated licensing program. This program is designed to help first time drivers learn the skills that they need to start driving safely. While this will make getting your license a longer process, it will also help you to have plenty of time to practice. Since you know that getting a license can take at least 2 years, start as soon as possible.
Meet the Minimum Requirements
To start the licensing process and to get a permit you will need to be at least 16 years old. You must have vision that is at least 20/40 in your best eye and you will need to pass various tests.
Take Your Written Test
When the time comes for your written test you will fill out an application, pay a fee and take a vision and a written test. If you pass this test, you will receive your class 7 level 1 license. This license will allow you to drive a vehicle with a licensed adult driver with a class 5 license and 3 years of experience. This is the only person that can ride in the car with you. They must ride in the front seat. You cannot ever drive after midnight or before 5 a.m. Also your blood alcohol level must be at 0%. If you have been drinking, do not drive as there are serious repercussions for breaking this rule.
Take Driver’s Training
If you complete a driver’s training course you can qualify for a level 2 license in as little as 8 months. Without driver’s training it will be at least 12 months before you can move up to the next license level. Drivers training courses are recommended and are a good idea for all beginning drivers. Find New Brunswick driving schools near you now!
Take Your Road Test
This test will be completed with an examiner and will show your ability to adhere to driving laws and rules. During this test you will be asked to demonstrate a variety of skills including stopping, starting, driving on a hill, turning, parallel parking and interacting properly with other cars. During your test make sure that you listen to your examiner carefully and follow all instructions. Do not turn the radio on and always wear your seat belt. If you pass you will receive a level 2 license. If you do not pass the examiner will talk with you about the problems in the test so that you can do better the next time. You will need to wait at least 1 week after your 1st failure, 2 weeks after your 2nd and 3 weeks after your 3rd. If you do not pass within this time you will need to take your written test again.
Receive a Level 2 License
Once you pass the road test, you can receive a level 2 license. This license will allow you to drive on your own except between midnight and 5 a.m. Now you can drive during this time but you will need a co-driver with at least 3 years of experience and a class 5 license. During this time you cannot have more than 3 passengers and only 1 passenger can ride in the front seat. You will be able to tell if you have a graduated or a restricted license since the letter G or R will be printed directly on your license.
Get Your Restriction Free Class 5 License
Once you have waited the proper amount of time you can receive a restriction free license. Make sure that you use this license carefully and that you avoid traffic violations since these can lead to points on your driving record. Points will remain on your record for at least 2 years and if you get too many points your license may be lost or suspended. Always remember that driving is a privilege and a huge responsibility. Always stay up to date with changes to the laws so that you can be sure to be in accordance with them.
Andrei Zakhareuski is the founder of Find-a-driving-school.ca. He has been writing for beginner Canadian drivers for several years.
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