Operating a Vehicle
Owning and operating a motor vehicle is a major responsibility, and can be a major expense. To learn more about operating a vehicle, order a free copy of the Driverís Handbook from The Registry of Motor Vehicles at 902-424-5851.
A driverís license from a foreign country may be used in Nova Scotia for 90 days. To obtain a Nova Scotia license, you must pass vision tests, a written test, and a driving test. If you cannot write in English, you may take an oral test. The minimum age for the test is 18 years, or 16 with parental consent. When you are driving, be sure to carry your license at all times. Note the expiry date on your license. If the license is not renewed by this date you will need to be re-tested.
The standard driverís license is called a Class 5 license. Other licenses must be obtained in order to drive special vehicles, such as motorcycles, boats, large trucks, or buses. To learn about the various classes of licensing, visit the Registry of Motor Vehicles online at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/rmv.
Learning to Drive
Nova Scotia has a graduated licensing program. This means you can obtain a Learnerís License from the Registry of Motor Vehicles, and work your way up to a full license. A Learnerís License allows you to drive under certain conditions, and under the supervision of a fully licensed driver. In order to earn a full license, you may be required to attend a driving school.
For a list of driving schoolís in your area, visit Community Profiles section of this guide.