Government of New Brunswick

Overview

A driver’s licence is required to operate a motor vehicle

Eligibility

A person may apply for a Class 9 driver's licence at age 14 with parental consent.

A person may apply for a Class 8 driver's licence at age 14 with parental consent.

A person may apply for a Class 6 driver's licence at age 16 with parental consent.

All newly licensed drivers must participate in the Graduated Licence Program.

With parental consent, a person may apply for a Class 7 driver's licence (Graduated Licence Program) at the age of 16.

A person must be at least 18 years of age to apply for a Class 4, Class 3/4, Class 2, or Class 1 licence and have completed the Graduated License Program.

To qualify for a school bus endorsement a person must be at least 21 years of age and have one year of driving experience.


When applying for a Driver’s Licence or Identification Card (new, exchange, expired for more than two years, etc.) applicants must submit:

• at least one document from the Acceptable Identification Documents list
• at least two documents from the list of Acceptable Proof of New Brunswick Residency Documents.
• proof of name change if applicable (i.e. marriage certificate, divorce papers, or Certificate of Name Change).


To change your address on your driver’s licence, you must present yourself to any Service New Brunswick Center and submit at least two documents from the list of Acceptable Proof of New Brunswick Residency Documents.


When applying for a new licence or upgrading your current licence, testing will be required (some exceptions apply when exchanging a licence from another jurisdiction, please see Driver's Licences for New Residents

Test results are valid for six months. Any licence issuance or upgrade must be completed within six months of starting the process.

Please see Driver's Licence Requirements for a chart that lists the various requirements for testing.

Description

Photos are a mandatory feature on all New Brunswick Driver's Licences.

Apply In Person

To apply for or renew your Driver's Licence, you must present yourself to any Service New Brunswick Centre. A new photo is required at time of each renewal.

Driver’s Licences cannot be renewed online, via TeleServices or by mail.

Card Issuance

The physical printing of Driver’s Licence and Identification Cards is done offsite at a facility that uses advanced security features. When applying for your licence you will receive a 30-day temporary document and your card will arrive securely in the mail within approximately 14 days.


Description of Classes of Licences

Class 9 - Motor Driven Cycle Licence - authorizes the holder to drive a motor-driven cycle and a farm tractor.

Class 8 - Farm Tractor Licence - authorizes the holder to drive a farm tractor only.

Class 7

Level 1 – Learners Licence - authorizes a person who is receiving instructions in the operation of a motor vehicle to drive a motor vehicle.
Level 2 - authorizes the holder to drive vehicles described in Class 5 with the exception of Class 9 (motor driven cycles).

Class 6 authorizes the holder to drive a motorcycle or any of the vehicles described in Class 9.

Class 5 authorizes the holder 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 which 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 authorizes the holder to drive:
• any vehicle from Class 5;
• an ambulance;
• a taxicab; and
• a bus with a capacity of less than 25 passengers.

Class 3 authorizes the holder 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.

A Class 3/4 licence authorizes the holder to drive a motor vehicle which the holder of a Class 3 or 4 licence may operate.

Class 2 authorizes the holder to drive any:
• motor vehicle which the holder of a Class 3, 4 or 5 licence may operate; and
• bus with a capacity of more than 24 passengers

Class 1 authorizes the holder to drive:
• a motor vehicle which the holder of a 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.

All applicants for Class 1, 2, 3, and 4 must have completed the Graduated Licensing Program and have a completed medical.

In addition to a class, a driver's licence may be endorsed with a letter to expand on the types of vehicles that can be driven by the holder of the licence. The endorsements are as follows:

A - valid for all motorcycles
B - valid for school bus
D - valid for motorcycle with engine size exceeding 50 cubic centimetres, but not exceeding 550 cubic centimetres
E - valid for vehicles equipped with air brakes
H - Graduated motorcycle licence up to 550 cc
I - Graduated motorcycle licence all motorcycles

Fees

Unless otherwise specified, Fees exclude the harmonized sales tax (HST).

Fee DescriptionRate in $Effective Date
YYYY-MM-DD
Licence22.50 per year/par année2015-09-01
  Class 1-9 Licence is valid for four (4) years.90.002015-09-01
  Replacement of driver's licence of any class22.002015-09-01
Examination (vision screening, written test, and road test)2015-09-01
  Written test - first attempt25.002009-04-01
  Written test - re-write15.002009-04-01
  Road test - Class 9, 7, 6 or 5 (for each attempt)25.002009-04-01
  Road test - Class 4, 3, 2, or 1 (for each attempt)50.002009-04-01
Renewals 22.50 per year/par année2015-09-01
  Classes 9,8,7, and 5, every four (4) years 90.002015-09-01
  Class 3, every four (4) years until 65 years old and every two (2) years thereafter90.002015-09-01
  Classes 4, 2, and 1, every four (4) years until 45 years old and every two (2) years thereafter90.002015-09-01
  School bus drivers renew their licence every two (2) years 45.002015-09-01
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