Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What are the basic steps to
getting a Nova Scotia Class 5 Driver’s Licence?
Checklist for Getting Your Driver’s
Study the Nova Scotia
Driver’s Handbook: http://novascotia.ca/sns/rmv/licence/handbook.asp
§ The NS Driver’s Handbook is also available for purchase 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
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)
Road Test Payment: pre-pay for the Road Test at an RMV office, at our Wolfville office, or online: http://novascotia.ca/sns/access/online-services.asp
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.
2. When can I start?
You may start your Classroom
Sessions BEFORE having your Learner's Licence.
start Classroom Sessions BEFORE
you turn 16 years old.
You may start In-Car
Lessons BEFORE classroom, if you have your Learner's Licence.
Class 7L Learner's Licence expires
soon, ask about our Accelerated
3. 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 Permit
§ Upgrade to Class
5N (after Road Test) $75.
§ Remove Graduated
Licence “N” (after 2 yrs) No Charge
4. How long is my Learner’s Licence
valid, and how long before I can do my Road Test ?
current NS regulations, the Learner’s Licence is valid for two (2) years
from the date of issue. You can do your road test after 12 months, but if
you have completed a 25/10 driver education program, you can do your road
test 3 months earlier (after 9 months).
What happens if my Learners Licence expires before I do a Road Test?
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.
6. How do I contact Access NS (the
Registry of Motor Vehicles)?