Getting a PEI Drivers License: Requirements and Things to Know
One of the most difficult parts of learning to drive on Prince Edward Island is knowing what needs to be done.
Getting a license isn’t an easy process and if you haven’t done it before you might feel a little lost. This guide was created to help you easily learn the requirements for driving in the Price Edward Island and to provide a few helpful tips that will make the process easier.
How To Proceed
Get a Driver’s Handbook
One of the first things that you will want to do is pick up a driver’s handbook. These can be found online from the government’s website on on Find-a-Driving-School.ca: PEI Driver’s Handbook online. If you would prefer a hard copy of the manual, you can purchase one from any Access PEI location. These are found in Alberton, Charlottetown, Montague, O’Leary, Souris, Summerside, Tignish and Wellington. The fee for a manual is $10 plus HST.
Many people don’t realize just how complex driving is. In addition to being able to read and understand road signs you must also know all the rules of the road and how to safely operate a vehicle. Read your handbook again and again until you are very comfortable with the information inside. You will need to pass a written test using this information to get your learners permit. You will also need to be at least 16 years old.
Understand Graduated Licensing Requirements
Prince Edward Island requires that its drivers meet specific graduated licensing requirements. The graduated licensing program was created to help young and first time drivers to learn all the skills they will need to safely and successfully drive. You should acquaint yourself with these requirements to better understand the steps that you will need to take and to understand your requirements and abilities during each phase of the testing process. Take our FREE PEI Practice Test several times to make sure you are familiar with the questions and know the answers.
Make An Appointment for Your Written Test
Next you will want to contact the ministry of transportation to make an appointment for your written test. At this time you will also pay a licensing fee which is $15 for the application, $15 when the license is issued and $10 for each renewal. Your test will cost $20 for the permit and another $20 for the road test. If you take a novice drivers course it costs $50. A three year license is $60.
Take Your Written Test
When you go into the Highway Safety office for your written test you will take a written test based on the information in the driver’s handbook and a road signs recognition test. You will also take a vision test. Drivers under 18 must bring their parents to sign their application. You can also take this test and your road test at a driving school.
Enroll in Drivers Education (if Desired)
If you like, now is the ideal time to enroll in drivers education. One advantage of taking a driver’s education course is that it will allow you to get your Prince Edward Island drivers license much more quickly. If you take a training course you can get your license after holding a permit for 275 days. Otherwise you will need to wait at least a full year before you can receive a license. Getting your license through an approved driver’s education course is one of the easiest ways to get a license in Prince Edward Island. All permit holders will have to take a novice drivers course which takes about 5 hours and costs $50 and which will better explain the requirements of the graduated licensing program. This is included in a driver’s education course. Find PEI driving schools near you now!
Follow Graduated Licensing Requirements
During this initial stage of the graduated licensing process you will hold a class 7 license which is otherwise known as a permit. This will allow you to drive and practice your skills. You will need to have a licensed driver in the car with you at all times throughout the process. This driver must have a class 5 license for at least the past 4 years. They cannot have a blood alcohol count of more than .05% while supervising you. While you are driving you cannot have passengers besides your co-driver and their immediate family. You cannot drive between 1 and 5 a.m. at any time, even with your co-driver. While you are driving make sure you wear your seatbelt. If you are caught without a seatbelt you will lose your license for at least 30 days.
Schedule Your Road Test
Once you have held your permit for the minimum required time period, it is time to schedule your road test. This will be handled by your driver’s education school if you choose this route. When you go to your drivers test you will need to provide a working vehicle to take the test in. There are several requirements for this vehicle including that it must have license plates, lights, a horn, a rear view mirror, seat belts, wipers, a muffler, brakes, tires and an inspection sticker. If the vehicle does not meet the minimum requirements the test cannot be taken and will need to be rescheduled.
Take Your Road Test
The PEI road test is a fairly comprehensive test that will make sure that you are able to safely drive unsupervised. This test serves multiple purposes and can help you determine if you are ready to drive on your own or if additional training will be necessary. An examiner will ride in your vehicle with you and will guide you through the testing process step by step. During the test focus on driving and do not talk with the examiner unless it directly relates to the test. Ask any questions you may have before starting the test. You should also know that you will ride alone with the examiner during the test. You should plan on demonstrating basic driving skills like starting, stopping, parking, turning and using intersections. Make sure that you drive safely and that you wear your seatbelt the entire test.
Enjoy Your License
If you pass the test you will receive your license. In either case expect to discuss the test with the examiner after the process is completed. They will offer suggestions for improvement so that you can become a better driver or prepare for a retest in the future if necessary. Always treat your examiner with consideration since they are trying to help you improve your driving skills and get a license.
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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