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Registry of Motor Vehicles - Licence Upgrade

Any class of licence is valid for learning to drive a higher class of vehicle; however, you must be accompanied by a driver who has a valid licence for that class of vehicle.

To upgrade your present licence to any higher Class 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6, there is an examination fee of $53.00 (includes $6.91 HST) for the road test.

The road test fees are 'per occasion', that is, the fee must be paid again for each additional road test. Fees are payable at any Registry of Motor Vehicles office throughout the province. Upon payment, you will be issued a road test receipt (no expiry). The receipt number must be presented at the time of scheduling your road test appointment. You will also be required to present this receipt, along with your licence, insurance card (in the name of the vehicle owner), vehicle or trailer permit(s) to the examiner at the time of your road test appointment. You may schedule your road test appointment by phoning:

1-800-898-7668 (toll-free)
or
424-5851 (Metro Halifax)
Minimum Requirements: Class 1
  • Age 19 years,
  • 1 year's experience with at least Class 5 licence,
  • Successfully complete written test for a Class 1 vehicle,
  • Provide satisfactory medical and optical reports when you apply and periodically thereafter, and
  • Successfully demonstrate driving ability in a semi-trailer or a tractor trailer combination.
  • Newly-licenced drivers cannot upgrade to a higher class licence while they have newly-licenced status.
Minimum Requirements: Class 2
  • Age 19 years,
  • 1 year's experience with at least Class 5 licence,
  • Successfully complete written test for a Class 2 vehicle,Provide satisfactory medical and optical reports when you apply and periodically thereafter, and
  • Successfully demonstrate driving ability in a bus having seating capacity in excess of 24 passengers.
  • Newly-licenced drivers cannot upgrade to a higher class licence while they have newly-licenced status.
Minimum Requirements: Class 3
  • Age 18 years,
  • 1 year's experience with at least Class 5 licence,
  • Successfully complete written test for Class 3 vehicle,
  • Provide satisfactory medical and optical reports when you apply and periodically thereafter, and
  • Successfully demonstrate driving ability in a single-axle vehicle exceeding 14,000 kg GVW.
  • Newly-licenced drivers cannot upgrade to a higher class licence while they have newly-licenced status.
Minimum Requirements: Class 4
  • Age 18 years,
  • 1 year's experience with at least Class 5 licence,
  • Successfully complete written test for Class 4 vehicle,
  • Provide satisfactory medical and optical reports when you apply and periodically thereafter, and
  • Successfully demonstrate driving ability in a Class 4 vehicle.
  • Newly-licenced drivers cannot upgrade to a higher class licence while they have newly-licenced status.
Minimum Requirements: Class 5
  • Age 18 years (or age 16 with parental or guardian consent),
  • Must have held a Class 7 licence for at least 12 months (or 9 months with a certificate from a recognized driver education program),
  • Successfully demonstrating driving ability in any Class 5 vehicle, andMedical and optical reports may be required.
Minimum Requirements: Class 6
  • Age 18 years (or age 16 with parental or guardian consent),
  • Must have held a Class 7 licence,
  • Successfully complete written test for Class 6 vehicle,
  • Successfully demonstrating driving ability in a Class 6 vehicle, and
  • Medical and optical reports may be required.
Minimum Requirements: Class 7 (Learner's licence)
  • Age 18 years (or age 16 with parental or guardian consent),
  • Pass a vision screening test and written rules and signs test.
  • Medical and optical reports may be required.
  • Your learner's licence is valid only while you are accompanied by a supervising driver (except Class 6 or 8). A supervising driver is a person who holds a valid driverís licence and is not in the Graduated Driver Licence program. The supervising driver must be seated in the front seat with the learner driver, and there must be no other passengers in the vehicle.
Minimum Requirements: Class 8
  • Age 18 years (or age 14 with parental or guardian consent),
  • Pass a vision screening test and written rules and signs test.
  • Medical and optical reports may be required

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