Obtaining a Driver's License in New Brunswick

In order to get a driver’s license in New Brunswick, you will need to meet certain criteria in order to be eligible to take the necessary tests. First off, you will need to be at least 16 years of age, but you will also need a parent present at various stages if you are under 19. The first part of the process is to take the writing test, but before this you should familiarize yourself with the New Brunswick driver’s handbook. Also, you should gather all of the paperwork that will be necessary in order to take the test such as your birth certificate, passport and at least two forms of address verification.

Written Test - Class 7 License New Brunswick

Once you have that in order, you will be eligible to take the written test which, if you pass, will grant you a class 7 level 1 license. This exam will also be accompanied by a vision test which you need to pass in order to get your license. Once you have a class 7 permit, you may drive on the roads of New Brunswick as long as you have a passenger in the front seat who is an experienced driver with at least a class 5 license. This passenger must be with you at all times and you cannot drive between midnight and 5 a.m. While you are behind the wheel, you must always have a blood alcohol level of 0%.

Road Test - Class 7 License

Before you can take the road test, you will need to use your class 7 license for at least 12 months. This period can be shortened to 8 months if you take driver’s training courses with a licensed professional next to you. Once you meet all the requirements, you can schedule your first road test where all of the important driving skills will be tested such as parallel parking, reversing and changing lanes. If you pass, you will receive a class 2 license. If you fail, you may retake the test in a week if it’s your first failure, 2 weeks if it is your second and 3 weeks if it is your third failure. If you fail this time around, you will need to retake the written test, as well.

Class 2 License

Once you pass your road test and you obtain a class 2 license, you may drive unsupervised, but not between midnight and 5 a.m. when you will still need an experienced driver next to you. During this time, you must make sure to drive carefully and avoid getting points on your license if you want to remove all the restrictions and have a proper driver’s license. While you still have a class 2 license, you may only have 3 passengers with you at a time maximum. After at least one year of careful driving, your restrictions will be removed and you will have a class 5 driver’s license.