Getting a Newfoundland and Labrador Drivers License
Anyone that has been through the process of getting a Newfoundland and Labrador drivers license will tell you that it is no easy process.
They will also tell you that every minute spent practicing and studying is worth it. Getting your license is easier if you know what to expect and if you have a little helpful advice. This guide was created to give you insight and tips throughout every step of the licensing process from getting your class 7 learners license to getting a full fledged license.
How To Proceed
Learn the Requirements
There are specific requirements which must be met to get a drivers license. Basically these requirements include that drivers must be at least 16 to get a class 5 license, must pass a vision test and must score 85% or higher on a written knowledge test. If you are under the age of 19 you will need parental consent as well. You can find these and other requirements on the Department of Government Services website.
What About Graduated Licensing?
Newfoundland and Labrador does have a graduated licensing system. This means that you will proceed through various levels of licensure before you get an official, restriction free license. Make sure that you acquaint yourself with the various levels and restrictions in each so that you can keep the rules and get your license more quickly.
Get a Driver’s Handbook
For complete information about the graduated licensing system and the various safety rules and regulations in Canada, pick up a copy of the driver’s handbook. These can be purchased from the government or can be downloaded online at no charge here: Newfoundland and Labrador Driver’s Handbook. This handbook is very important and contains all of the information that you will need to learn to drive. Make sure that you pay careful attention to the information about driving safely and road signs since much of this information will appear on your test.
Take Your Written Test
Once you are comfortable with the information in your driver’s handbook, schedule your written knowledge test. We suggest you use our FREE Newfoundland and Labrador Practice Test before you take the real knowledge test. Remember you will need to get a score of at least 85% to pass this test. You will also pay a fee at this time. Your fee must be paid by cheque, debit card, Visa or Mastercard or money order. Cash is not accepted. Bring along your birth certificate, proof of residency and your Canadian passport when you go in for the test. If you have a license already from another territory or the United States, you can turn it in, pay a fee and get a license without testing.
Get a Level 1 License
When you pass your test you will receive a level 1 license. This is a basic license that will allow you to start driving. Some people call it a learner’s permit. You will have to hold this permit for at least 8 months if you take driver’s training or a year if you do not.
Consider Taking Driver’s Training
If you want extra help getting your license and want to finish the process more quickly, you should consider enrolling in a state approved driver’s training course. This will allow you to get your level 2 license more quickly and will teach you important defensive driving strategies. If you do choose to take a driver’s training course, make sure that you choose a course that is approved in Newfoundland and Labrador. Click here to find a Newfoundland & Labrador driving school near you!
Follow Level 1 Restrictions
While in the level 1 phase of your license make sure that you are aware of the specific restrictions that apply to you. You will need a licensed driver with 4 years of experience in the vehicle with you. This accompanying driver must have a blood alcohol level less than .05%. You cannot have any alcohol in your blood when driving. You will display a novice driver sign whenever you are driving and cannot drive between midnight and 5 a.m.
Take Your Road Test
After you have met the minimum requirements for your level 1 license, you can take a road test to receive your level 2 license. This will provide you with increased flexibility in the final step before your official license. Many drivers worry about taking the road test, but it is really quite straightforward. You will show up to the testing site with an insured vehicle with valid plates. This vehicle must meet minimum qualifications for safety. This includes having an acceptable tire tread level, windshield wipers, a horn and working brakes among other requirements. Once the vehicle has been inspected you will drive with an examiner in the car. They will ask you to complete various skills including parking, reversing, turning and navigating intersections. Once the test is over you will review what happened with your examiner. They will offer tips and insights and if you meet minimum qualifications will issue your level 2 license.
Meet Level 2 Requirements
Learners in the stage 2 license category can drive alone unless they are driving between midnight and 5 a.m. when they will require an accompanying driver. Also all passengers must wear a seatbelt and you cannot carry more passengers than you have seatbelts for. Make sure that you never drink alcohol before driving since your must have zero alcohol in your blood if you want to drive.
Avoid Getting Driving Penalties
During the time that you hold your novice license you can lose it very easily. Make sure that you drive carefully to avoid marks on your record and suspension of your license. Abstaining from alcohol is especially important when starting to drive. If you are caught driving with alcohol in your system your license will be suspended for at least 2 months on the first offense. You can also have a license suspended if you receive more than 6 demerit points in a period of 2 years.
Get Your Full, Unrestricted License
Once you have met the minimum qualifications you can receive your license. This is a big achievement – congratulations!
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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