Driving In PEI

The rules for driving in PEI state that all new residents that wish to drive in the Province are required to obtain a Prince Edward Island driving licence within 120 days of moving to the Province. You must register with the Department of Transport and Public Works To register you will need to provide your birth certificate, passport and your immigration status for the licensing process.

There are nine Classes of Licence for driving in PEI; 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 or 15 - if you are in a Driver Education Program.

Class 7 is your learner's license, to obtain this you will need to take and pass a written and signs test and a vision test. You will need to study the Driving In PEI Handbook Handbook prior to sitting the test as there are different rules of the road when driving in PEI that you will need to understand. You will also have to pay any applicable fees.

Once you have passed your class 7 licence you are then able to take your road test. You have to pay for the road test prior to making your appointment; you cannot take a road test without an appointment. You must provide the vehicle and the examiner will check the vehicle over to ensure that is road worthy, you will also need to bring your current drivers licence, vehicle insurance and vehicle registration documents.

If you are coming from Nova Scotia or New Brunswick you may exchange your previous valid drivers licence for a PEI licence, you will have to surrender you out of province licence.

People from Canada, the USA, Germany and Austria that have a valid drivers licence can usually exchange their current licence for a PEI licence of equivalent class with out having to take a written vision or road test. There will be a fee payable for the licence. If your licence is expired for more than one year you will have to take the test. If you are coming from Switzerland you can exchange you licence for an equivalent class once a vision test has been completed. There will be a fee payable. Once a PEI licence has been issued your out of province licence will have to be surrendered.

I was really nervous about having to take a drivers test again, but it was easy compared to the road test I had taken 13 years earlier in England. My advice is to study the handbook well, get lots of practice driving with new rules and just go for it as soon as you feel confident. If you fail then you can take it again! You must always carry your valid driver's license, valid insurance and vehicle registration when driving in PEI. If you get stopped by the police and cannot produce it there is a hefty fine. For great insurance information, advice and free, no obligation quotes visit KanetiX - the number 1 source for insurance.

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

Vehicle Registration

Every motor vehicle operated on PEI highways must be Registered ; this can be completed through any Access PEI Office You will need to have proof of ownership, the vehicle permit, proof of Insurance and vehicle inspection report and pay the applicable fees to be able to Register your vehicle.

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All registered vehicles in PEI must undergo an annual safety inspection; these must be carried out 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
  1. Nova Scotia
  2. Ontario
  3. Prince Edward Island
  4. Saskatchewan
  5. Winter Driving