Canadian Driving Licences

Find out how to go about taking the test to be issued with a Canadian Driver's Licence...

Variations on driving ages vary between provinces but generally the minimum age to start learning to drive is 16 years and 17 years to drive independently.

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Driver Testing

The test requirements and programmes for getting a driving licence vary from province to province but most provinces/territories use the Graduated Driver Licensing program for new drivers. This encourages new drivers to gain driving skills and experience gradually, normally over 20 months.

The first step is to apply for a novice licence. The minimum age to do this is usually 16 years but check provincial requirements with the local transport agency as there may be variations. When applying for a licence it is normal to be asked to complete an eye test and a test about the rules of the road, traffic signs and safe driving practices.

On passing the theory test, a provisional licence or learners permit will be awarded. It is normal for drivers to have to complete up to 2 road tests and meet the minimum driving age to become fully licensed.

See below for links to the provincial/territorial licensing departments:

Province/ State
Alberta Website
British Columbia Website
Manitoba Website
New Brunswick Website
Newfoundland and Labrador Website
Northwest Territories Website
Nova Scotia Website
Nunavut Website
Ontario Website
Prince Edward Island Website
Quebec Website
Saskatchewan Website
Yukon Website