Apple Valley Driving Schools

Wolfville, NS


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)



1. Why choose Apple Valley Driving Schools?


§  Apple Valley's instructors are patient and highly qualified professionals who all love to teach, and they have years of experience training students defensively, both In-Car and in the Classroom.  (Check out our 'About Us' page.)

§  Our classroom is a comfortably large, fully-equipped classroom, located at Acadia University in downtown Wolfville, within a few steps of downtown cafes and lunch locations.

§  Apple Valley proudly delivers a superior, customer-friendly experience, and we enjoy going the extra mile!


2. What are the basic steps to getting a Nova Scotia Class 5 Driver’s Licence?

  Checklist for Getting Your Driver’s License:


        Study the Nova Scotia Driver’s Handbook:

§  The NS Driver’s Handbook is also available for purchase from our Wolfville office.

        Complete an Application for Driver Licensing (Form 1) and show the required identification; if you are under 18, your parent/guardian must sign the application to provide consent.

§  You may pick this Form 1 up from our Wolfville office.

        Consider registering for a recognized Driver Education Program; if you prefer, you can start the classroom part of the Driver Education Program before you get your Learner’s Licence.

        Pay for and do the Knowledge Test at Access NS.  Testing is done Monday to Friday on Park Street in Kentville (8:30 – 3:45; no appointment required).

        Pay for the Class 7L Learner’s Licence (valid for 2 year)

        Driver Test Payment: pre-pay for the NS Road Test at an RMV office, at our Wolfville office, or online:

        Take the Classroom and In-Car training of the 25/10 Driver Education Program, if applicable.

        Pass the Road Test

        Present your Driver Education Certificate to RMV (they will take a copy).

Note:  If you did NOT take a Driver Education Program, you will need to later take a recognized Defensive Driving Course (DDC) to exit the Graduated Driver Licensing system (that is, to get the "N" restrictions off your Licence).

        Pay for your upgrade to a Class 5N Newly Licensed Driver’s Licence.

        Obtain a regular Class 5 Driver’s Licence (remove the “N”), two years after Road Test.



3. When can I start?


You may start your Classroom Sessions BEFORE having your Learner's Licence.

You may start Classroom Sessions BEFORE you turn 16 years old.

You may start In-Car Lessons BEFORE classroom, if you have your Learner's Licence.

If your Class 7L Learner's Licence expires soon, ask about our Accelerated Program.


4. What approximate fees will I be charged by Access NS?


§  Knowledge Test (Vision, Rules and Signs)            $20.

§  Class 7L Learners Licence (photo card)                 $26.

§  Road Test Receipt Document Fee                        $55.

§  Upgrade to Class 5N (after Road Test)                 $70.

§  Remove Graduated Licence “N” (after 2 yrs)         No Charge


5. For how long is my Learner’s valid and how long before I can do a Road Test?


Under current provincial regulations for the Graduated Driver Licensing Program, the Learner’s Licence is valid for two (2) years from the date of issue.


6.  What happens if my Learners Licence expires before I do a Road Test?


If it expires, the “Knowledge Test” (vision test / rules test / signs test) must be done again at an Access NS testing centre.  You will NOT have to start the waiting period again before you are eligible to schedule a Road Test.


7.  What restrictions will I have as a “Newly Licensed” Class 5N Driver?


After you pass your Road Test, you will be a “newly licensed” driver with a Class 5N Licence for a minimum of two (2) years, and you will have the following operating conditions:

o   Zero blood alcohol content at all times

o   Only one front seat passenger, and rear seat passengers limited to number of available seat belts

o   No driving between midnight and 5:00 AM, unless accompanied by a driver with at least two (2) years of driving experience (an exemption from this curfew is available for work reasons)

o   No upgrade beyond a Class 5 Licence during the two years


8. How do I contact Access NS (the Registry of Motor Vehicles)?


Tel:                    1800-898-7668



Driving Training School Licence # 854802766 NS0001

Good driving is NO accident!