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How To Obtain New Brunswick Drivers Licence

If you’re new to New Brunswick and want to drive a car, learn about the several types of driver licenses available.

Acquiring a New Brunswick driver’s licence is very necessary for any resident who wants to drive a car in New Brunswick. Even though this is available for every resident in the province, however, anyone wishing to get a New Brunswick drivers licence must meet the mandatory requirements.  

In addition to that, the Registrar of Motor Vehicles in New Brunswick wants everyone to understand that driving is also a responsibility that should be taken very seriously.

If you are a driver in New Brunswick, you must be able to show that you have the required skills and knowledge. This knowledge will help you to operate motor vehicles safely.

As a driver in New Brunswick, you must also know the traffic rules in New Brunswick and be ready to abide by the rules.

You should also know that other provinces in Canada also have their own special driving licence which you must use in the province. The provinces include:

  1. Alberta
  2. Ontario
  3. Manitoba
  4. Nova Scotia
  5. Saskatchewan etc

How To Obtain New Brunswick Drivers Licence

To obtain New Brunswick Drivers Licence, you have to undergo the following stages:

Step 1: Vision Test

All residents of New Brunswick who have attained 16 years can apply for a vision test. This is the first step to applying for a New Brunswick driver’s licence. The minimum vision requirement is 20/40, however, you can use corrective lenses to pass this eye exam.

Stage 2: Knowledge Testing

This is a written test with multiple-choice questions. You must undergo this test in order to acquire your first learner’s licence.

The test will come from one of the New Brunswick driver handbooks. So, you have to study for this test ahead of time. With this test, you will be as to prove your level of driver’s knowledge regarding:

  • road safety
  • traffic signs 
  • safe driving practices.

Stage 3: Beginning to Drive-Class 7/Level 1

Those who pass the vision and knowledge test will be issued a learner’s licence. This is also known as class 7 level 1 licence and allows you to drive a motor vehicle under supervision.

Moreover, your supervisor must possess a Class 5 licence with at least 3 years of driving experience.

The restrictions for a learner’s permit driver include:

  • Driving with a fully licensed adult driver. 
  • You cannot be driven by your friends 
  • You cannot drive alone. 
  • You cannot drive a car between the hours of 12 am-5 am.
  • You cannot drink under alcohol,  
  • No texting when driving 

Stage 4: Gaining Practical Driving Experience

To get a New Brunswick drivers licence, you must also gain practical driving experience from a registered driving school.

The driving schools in New Brunswick are some of the best places for new drivers to safely and also gain real-world driving experience. This is because the instructors will teach you how to properly operate a vehicle and help you establish responsible driving habits.

Successful candidates from driving schools are issued a Level 2 driver’s licence 8 months after receiving your Level 1 licence.

Stage 5: Testing your Driving Skills with a Road Test

After completing your driving school course, you must undergo a road test. In this road test, you should be able to show the driving examiner that you understand the traffic laws and can safely operate a vehicle in New Brunswick.

After completing the road test, then you can be issued a Level 2 licence in New Brunswick. 

However, your skills will be challenged during the road test as you will be required to prove a variety of driving techniques including: 

  • parallel parking
  • lane shifts 
  • proper vehicle turns.

Those who fail the road test have the opportunity for another test after one week, but, they will have to reschedule the meeting. If you fail the road test on the second trial, you can only reschedule after 2 weeks.

Also, if you fail to apply for a third attempt, you will retake it after three weeks. However, those who fail the 4th test will have to retake the knowledge test.

With a Level 2 New Brunswick drivers licence, you can operate a vehicle without supervision. However, you are going to need a licenced adult driver if you plan to drive from midnight-5am.

Stage 6: Acquiring a Class 5 New Brunswick Driver licence

The last stage in getting a New Brunswick drivers licence is to upgrade to a class 5 licence. The class 5 driving licence comes without any restrictions. It verifies that you have earned the full rights and privileges that are available to New Brunswick drivers.

New Brunswick Drivers Licence Eligibility

To acquire a New Brunswick drivers licence, you must meet the following eligibility requirements: 

  •  Be at least 14 years of age with parental consent.
  • Be at least 14 years to apply for  Class 6 driver’s licence parental consent.
  • Must participate in the Graduated Licence Program to become a newly licensed
  • Must be at least 16 years to apply for 7 driver’s licence (Graduated Licence Program) with parental consent
  • Must be at least 18 years of age to apply for a Class 4, Class 3/4, Class 2, or Class 1 licence and must have done the Graduated License Program.
  • Must be 21 years to qualify for a school bus endorsement with one year of driving experience.

New Brunswick Drivers Licence Required Documents For Application

To acquire a New Brunswick Drivers Licence, there are certain documents that you must submit when you are ready to apply.

You are required to submit the documents to Motor Registration officials. So, you can submit the following legal documents:

  • A birth certificate (original, certified copy)
  • A passport (if available)
  • A minimum of 2 different papers will provide verification of your NB address

New Brunswick Drivers Licence Classes And Vehicle Types

If you are new to New Brunswick and you intend to drive a car in the province. You require to hold one of the following New Brunswick drivers licences in order to operate a motor vehicle in the province. They include:

Class 9 (Motor-Driven Cycle)

This type of New Brunswick drivers licence allows you to drive a motor-driven cycle and a farm tractor.

Class 8 (Farm Tractor)

You have licence to drive a farm tractor only.

Class 7 Level 1 (Learners Licence)

This allows you to drive a motor vehicle under the supervision

Class 7 Level 2 Licence

You can drive vehicles described in Class 5 with the exception of Class 9 (motor-driven cycles).

Class 6 Licence

This allows you to drive:

  • a motorcycle 
  • any of the vehicles described in Class 9.

Class 5 Licence

This allows you to drive any motor vehicle including:

  • any vehicle from Class 9;
  • any two-axle motor vehicle except an ambulance, a taxicab or a bus;
  • any three-axle motor vehicle, other than a truck, of a type designed for use in the construction, maintenance and repair of highways, whether or not the vehicle is to be so used; and
  • to tow a towed vehicle that is registered up to and including 4,500 kg gross vehicle mass behind a motor vehicle or motor home referred to herein but not equipped with air brakes.

Class 4 Licence

This allows you to drive:

  • any vehicle from Class 5;
  • an ambulance;
  • a taxicab; and
  • a bus with a capacity of fewer than 25 passengers.

Class 3 Licence

With class 3, you will be able to drive:

  • a motor vehicle which the holder of a Class 5 licence may operate;
  • a two-axle motor vehicle towing a towed vehicle, the towed vehicle being registered for over 4,500 kg gross vehicle mass but not equipped with air brakes,
  • a motor vehicle with three or more axles, and
  • a motor vehicle with three or more axles, towing a towed vehicle not equipped with air brakes.

Class 2 Licence

A class 2 licence allows you to drive:

  • a motor vehicle which the holder of Class 3, 4 or 5 licences may operate; and
  • bus with a capacity of more than 24 passengers
  • Class 1 Licence

With this class you can drive:

  • a motor vehicle which the holder of Class 2, 3, 4 or 5 licence may operate;
  • a truck-tractor;
  • a truck tractor towing a semi-trailer;
  • a truck tractor towing a semi-trailer and a trailer;
  • any truck towing a trailer equipped with air brakes, and
  • a truck tractor towing a trailer equipped with air brakes.
Frequently Asked Questions About New Brunswick Drivers Licence

Q. What is the correct way to enter my driver’s licence information?

Ans. Your New Brunswick Driver’s licence number  format: #######. The # stands for any numbers. 

Q. How can I renew my driver’s licence in New Brunswick?

Ans. To renew your New Brunswick drivers licence, you need to visit any SNB location in the province.

Q. Do I need a photo of my driver’s licence?

Ans. Yes, you just need a photo of your licence. It is now mandatory in the province of New Brunswick. 

Q. How can I change my address on my New Brunswick drivers licence?

Ans. Any Address changes in your licence must be done by visiting the nearest SNB location.

 Q. How will the renewal fee appear on my credit card statement?

Your credit card statement will appear as follows: Service/Services NB $90.00

 Q. How do I change my name on my driver’s licence?

Ans. To change your name on your New Brunswick drivers licence, you need to visit an SNB location as soon as possible with your support documents like court order and marriage certificate.