Driving In New Brunswick

The rules for driving in New Brunswick state that all new residents that wish to drive in the Province are required to obtain a New Brunswick driving licence within 10 days of arriving. Licensing and Driver Examinations are carried out through the Service New Brunswick Centres located through out the Province.

Licensing is normally carried out at your local Service New Brunswick Centre and you will need to pay any necessary fees prior to the written and road tests.

You will need to provide two pieces of identification with one showing proof of your birthdate and your immigration status for the licensing process. There are nine classes of licence for driving in New Brunswick; unless you intend to drive heavy goods or large passenger vehicles then the two to concentrate on are Classes 7 and 5. You can apply for a learners license from age 16 with parental consent.

Class 7 is your learner's license, to obtain this you will need to take and pass a written test and a vision test. It is a good idea to study the Driving In New Brunswick Handbook prior to sitting the test as there are different rules of the road when driving in New Brunswick that you will need to understand.

Once you have passed your class 7 licence you are then able to take your road test. The road test has to be paid for prior to making your appointment. You must also provide the vehicle and the examiner will check the vehicle over to ensure that is road worthy. Don't forget that you will also need to bring your current drivers licence, vehicle insurance and vehicle registration cards. If you do not pass the test within six months then the written test must be taken again.

On passing the road test you will then be given your Class 5 drivers license, which entitles you to drive in New Brunswick. People from Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island can exchange their valid licence at no cost and will keep the same expiration date as the NS/PEI licence. People from any other Canadian and US jurisdiction can also exchange their licence class for class, without having to take the driver's test, but there will be a fee payable.

If you are from any other country, not listed below, then you will have to take a full driver licence examination, including written, vision and road tests paying all applicable fees. If you are from one of the following countries you may exchange a valid drivers licence for a class 5 New Brunswick licence, there will be a fee payable. Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands (Holland), New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Wales.

All licences must be valid or not expired over 2 years in order to exchange them. You must always carry your valid driver's license, Valid Insurance and vehicle registration when driving in New Brunswick. If you get stopped by the police and cannot produce it there is a hefty fine.

One of the major considerations for driving in Canada is when winter arrives. Definitely familiarise yourself with the section on Winter Driving.

Vehicle Registration

Every motor vehicle must be registered; this is completed through Service New Brunswick. The registration permit must be kept in the vehicle at all times.

All registered vehicles in New Brunswick must undergo an annual safety inspection; these must be done at an official inspection station which are located throughout the Province. Once the vehicle has passed you will be issued with a motor vehicle inspection report form which must be kept in the vehicle.

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For your convenience, here are links to other relevant pages:

  1. Alberta
  2. British Columbia
  3. Manitoba
  4. New Brunswick
  5. Newfoundland and Labrador
  6. Auto Insurance in Canada
  1. Nova Scotia
  2. Ontario
  3. Prince Edward Island
  4. Saskatchewan
  5. Winter Driving