Government of New Brunswick

Overview

A driver licence is required to operate a motor vehicle.

Eligibility

A person may apply for a Class 9 driver's licence at age 14 with parental consent.

A person may apply for a Class 8 driver's licence at age 14 with parental consent.

A person may apply for a Class 6 driver's licence at age 16 with parental consent.

All newly licensed drivers must participate in the Graduated Licence Program.

With parental consent, a person may apply for a Class 7 driver's licence (Graduated Licence Program) at the age of 16.

A person must be at least 18 years of age to apply for a Class 4, Class 3/4, Class 2, or Class 1 licence and have completed the Graduated License Program.

To qualify for a school bus endorsement a person must be at least 21 years of age and have one year of driving experience.

When applying for a Driver’s Licence or Identification Card (new, exchange, expired for more than two years, etc.) applicants must submit:

• At least one document from the Acceptable Identification documents list (List 1, below);
• At least two documents from the list of Acceptable Proof of New Brunswick Residency documents (List 2, below);
• Proof of name change if applicable (i.e. marriage certificate, divorce papers or Certificate of Name Change).


List 1 - Acceptable Identification Documents (at least one required)

Note: Documents submitted must contain the applicant’s full legal name and date of birth and must be valid. Only original documents or copies certified by the issuing agency are acceptable.

• Enhanced Canadian Driver Licences (EDL)/Enhanced ID Cards
• Valid Canadian Passport
• Canadian Provincial/Territorial Government-issued Birth Certificate
• Department of National Defence (DND) Driver Permit
• Court Order (Legal Name, Date of Birth, Court Seal)
• Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS)
• Record of Landing (Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) - Form # IMM 1000) (Original document only; certified copies are not acceptable)
• Permanent Resident Card (CIC)
• Citizenship Certificate issued prior to February 1, 2012 (CIC) (large transmission and souvenir (wall mount) copies are not acceptable)
• Study Permit (CIC) (Form # IMM 1442)
• Work Permit (CIC) (Form # IMM 1442)
• Visitor Record (CIC) (Form # IMM 1442)
• Temporary Resident Permit (CIC) (Form # IMM 1442)
• Valid Foreign Passport with Accompanying Immigration Document (Form # IMM 1942)


List 2 - Acceptable Proof of New Brunswick Residency (at least two required)

Note: Documents used from this list must reflect the address being used for the driver licence/identification card.

• Utility bill – phone, internet, electricity, cable, water/sewer or a home heating fuel invoice (oil, natural gas, propane, etc.) Must be a current bill (no older than two months). Must contain name of applicant OR legal guardian; immediate family member which includes parent; spouse or common-law partner; grandfather, grandmother; son, daughter, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister who live at the same residence
• Credit card or bank statement
• Cancelled or void cheque with address
• Mortgage documents
• Personal taxes (current year)
• Property tax bill
• Residential lease (must be completed and signed by landlord and tenant)
• Social Assistance Benefit or Employment Insurance confirmation
• Employment confirmation or paystub
• Child Tax Credit cheque or paystub
• Insurance policy (home or auto) or pink auto insurance liability card
• Declaration from a Guarantor form

Unacceptable identification: Medicare cards, Social Insurance Number (SIN) cards, Liquor Control Photo ID Cards, library cards, fishing or hunting licences, credit cards

Description

Photos are a mandatory feature on all New Brunswick Driver's Licences.

Apply In Person:

To apply for or renew your Driver's Licence, you must present yourself to any Service New Brunswick Centre. A new photo is required at time of each renewal.

Driver’s Licences cannot be renewed online, via TeleServices or by mail.

Card Issuance:

The physical printing of Driver’s Licence and Identification Cards is done offsite at a facility that uses advanced security features. When applying for your licence you will receive a 30-day temporary document and your card will arrive securely in the mail within approximately 14 days.


Description of Classes of Licences:

Class 9 - Motor Driven Cycle Licence - authorizes the holder to drive a motor-driven cycle and a farm tractor.

Class 8 - Farm Tractor Licence - authorizes the holder to drive a farm tractor only.

Class 7

Level 1 – Learners Licence - authorizes a person who is receiving instructions in the operation of a motor vehicle to drive a motor vehicle.
Level 2 - authorizes the holder to drive vehicles described in Class 5 with the exception of Class 9 (motor driven cycles).

Class 6 authorizes the holder to drive a motorcycle or any of the vehicles described in Class 9.

Class 5 authorizes the holder to drive any motor vehicle including:
• any vehicle from Class 9;
• any two-axle motor vehicle except an ambulance, a taxicab or a bus;
• any three-axle motor vehicle, other than a truck, of a type designed for use in the construction, maintenance and repair of highways, whether or not the vehicle is to be so used; and
• to tow a towed vehicle which is registered up to and including 4,500 kg gross vehicle mass behind a motor vehicle or motor home referred to herein but not equipped with air brakes.

Class 4 authorizes the holder to drive:
• any vehicle from Class 5;
• an ambulance;
• a taxicab; and
• a bus with a capacity of less than 25 passengers.

Class 3 authorizes the holder to drive:
• a motor vehicle which the holder of a Class 5 licence may operate;
• a two-axle motor vehicle towing a towed vehicle, the towed vehicle being registered for
• over 4,500 kg gross vehicle mass but not equipped with air brakes,
• a motor vehicle with three or more axles, and
• a motor vehicle with three or more axles, towing a towed vehicle not equipped with air brakes.

A Class 3/4 licence authorizes the holder to drive a motor vehicle which the holder of a Class 3 or 4 licence may operate.

Class 2 authorizes the holder to drive any:
• motor vehicle which the holder of a Class 3, 4 or 5 licence may operate; and
• bus with a capacity of more than 24 passengers

Class 1 authorizes the holder to drive:
• a motor vehicle which the holder of a Class 2, 3, 4 or 5 licence may operate;
• a truck tractor;
• a truck tractor towing a semi-trailer;
• a truck tractor towing a semi-trailer and a trailer;
• any truck towing a trailer equipped with air brakes, and
• a truck tractor towing a trailer equipped with air brakes.

All applicants for Class 1, 2, 3, and 4 must have completed the Graduated Licensing Program and have a completed medical.

In addition to a class, a driver's licence may be endorsed with a letter to expand on the types of vehicles that can be driven by the holder of the licence. The endorsements are as follows:

A - valid for all motorcycles
B - valid for school bus
D - valid for motorcycle with engine size exceeding 50 cubic centimetres, but not exceeding 550 cubic centimetres
E - valid for vehicles equipped with air brakes
H - Graduated motorcycle licence up to 550 cc
I - Graduated motorcycle licence all motorcycles

Changes To Fees

This document provides the rationale supporting changes to fees, associated revenue information, and the legal authority:
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/services/fees-frais/2015/20150401PublicSafetyE.pdf

Fees

Unless otherwise specified, Fees exclude the harmonized sales tax (HST).

Fee DescriptionRate in $Effective Date
YYYY-MM-DD
Licence22.50 per year/par année2015-09-01
  Class 1-9 Licence is valid for four (4) years.90.002015-09-01
  Replacement of driver's licence of any class22.002015-09-01
Examination (vision screening, written test, and road test)2015-09-01
  Written test - first attempt25.002009-04-01
  Written test - re-write15.002009-04-01
  Road test - Class 9, 7, 6 or 5 (for each attempt)25.002009-04-01
  Road test - Class 4, 3, 2, or 1 (for each attempt)50.002009-04-01
Renewals 22.50 per year/par année2015-09-01
  Classes 9,8,7, and 5, every four (4) years 90.002015-09-01
  Class 3, every four (4) years until 65 years old and every two (2) years thereafter90.002015-09-01
  Classes 4, 2, and 1, every four (4) years until 45 years old and every two (2) years thereafter90.002015-09-01
  School bus drivers renew their licence every two (2) years 45.002015-09-01
Contact Information Email Location
Fredericton