Government of New Brunswick

Overview

A driver’s licence is required to operate a Motor Vehicle

Eligibility

To renew your Driver’s Licence, you must present yourself to any Service New Brunswick Center as a new photo is required at the time of each renewal. We apologize for any inconvenience.

To apply for a new Driver’s Licence or Photo ID, or to exchange your Driver’s Licence from another jurisdiction, applicants must submit:
-at least one document from the Acceptable Identification Documents list (List 1)
-at least two documents from the list of Acceptable Proof of New Brunswick Residency Documents (List 2).
-proof of name change if applicable (i.e. marriage certificate, divorce papers, or Certificate of Name Change).

To change your address on your driver’s licence, you must present yourself to any Service New Brunswick Center and submit:
--at least two documents from the list of Acceptable Proof of New Brunswick Residency Documents (List 2).

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

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

When applying for a new licence or upgrading your current licence, testing will be required (some exceptions apply when exchanging a licence from another jurisdiction, please see Driver's Licences for New Residents

Test results are valid for 6 months. Any licence issuance or upgrade must be completed within 6 months of starting the process.

Please see Driver's Licence Requirements for chart that lists the various requirements for testing.

Description

For the purpose of increasing safety and security, the Department has announced that a photo will now be a mandatory feature on all New Brunswick Driver’s Licenses.

Pursuant to this announcement, SNB is no longer able to renew Driver's Licences Online, via TeleServices, or by mail.

To renew your Driver’s Licence, you must present yourself to any Service New Brunswick Center as a new photo is required at time of each renewal. We apologize for any inconvenience.

To change your address on your driver’s licence, you must present yourself to any Service New Brunswick Center and provide two documents from the List 2 - Acceptable Proof of New Brunswick Residency, above.

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 license 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
- bus with a capacity of less than 25 passengers.

A Class 3 licence authorizes the holder to drive:
- motor vehicle which the holder of a Class 5 licence may operate
- 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,
- motor vehicle with three or more axles, and
- 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:
- motor vehicle which the holder of a Class 3 or 4 licence may operate.

A Class 2 licence 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

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


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
C - valid for motorcycle and school bus
D - valid for motorcycle with engine size exceeding 50 cubic centimeters, but not exceeding 550 cubic centimeters
E - valid for vehicles equipped with air brakes
H - motorcycle learners, up to 550cc
I - motorcycle learners, for all size motorcycles

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
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Fredericton