Every province has its own licensing system, and the graduated licensing levels may differ from province to province. While a fully licensed driver with at least two years experience can simply switch their license over to the new province when they move, the rules are a little different for new drivers. If you hold a G1 license, the rules for moving forward with licensing will vary by province.
G1 License Equivalents Across Canada
A G1 license is what is generally referred to as a learner’s permit. It allows a new driver to get in a lot of practice behind the wheel before moving on to a full license. Every province has their version of the learner’s permit. Some have only two stages to the graduate program, while others have multiple stages.
In British Columbia the equivalent is the Class 7 license, which has two stages, and it is also referred to as a Class 7 in Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Yukon, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories. Manitoba uses Class 5L for the learner’s with two stages before the full license, and in Quebec it is also a Class 5, as well as Newfoundland and Labrador.
Each of these is the first step in a graduated licensing program. Some provinces have additional probationary periods in between the initial learner’s permit and getting a full license. The restrictions on drivers with a learner’s permit are similar across the nation, with the main restriction being the requirement that a fully licensed and experienced driver be in the passenger seat at all times.
Moving to Another Province
If you’ve passed the G1 test but are moving to a new province before you take the G2 test, you will have to visit the driver licensing office in your new province to find out about the licensing process there.
As a general rule, fully licensed drivers who have at least 2 years experience will be able to easily transfer their license over to the new province. Those with a learner’s permit, however, will find that they can’t simply move to a new province and take the test for the full license.
A learner’s permit does not transfer over to a new province, so when you move you will have to reapply and take the test to get the equivalent license for your new home. You will then have to complete all of the requirements of that province to move on to the next stage of the graduated licensing program.
Speeding Up the Process
It can be frustrating to those who have already held a learner’s permit to have to start over with the waiting period before taking the test for the next stage. Fortunately, many provinces offer a method by which the process can move a little more swiftly.
Depending on your province, you may be able to shorten the period of time before you take the next driving test by going to an accredited driver education school. Many provinces allow graduates of these programs to apply for the next stage of the graduated program sooner than those who do not attend such a school.
Even if you are able to move on sooner, you will still have to meet all of the requirements for taking the test, including age requirements - and of course, you will have to pass the test as well.
Learner’s Permits and Your Record
Remember that your driving record, even on a learner’s permit, will follow you when you move to another province. Traffic violations can have an impact on how long it takes you to move on to a full license. When you successfully attain the full license status, demerit points that resulted from a ticket may affect your insurance quotes.
Violation of the restrictions on a learner’s permit can result in a suspension and cause the process to take even longer, so it’s important to follow all of the rules that come with the privilege of learning to drive.
In order to make the graduated licensing program go smoothly for you and get that full license as soon as possible, it’s important to drive carefully and to keep a clean driving record.
While a license of any kind is recognized across Canada, once you move each province has a time limit on how long you have to visit the driver licensing office to transfer or get a new learner’s permit. Be sure to take care of your license right away so you don’t find yourself driving illegally.