Immigrating to New Brunswick: How to Get Your New Brunswick Driver's Licence

Published on Jul 09, 2012

When you take up residence in New Brunswick, you are required to immediately obtain a New Brunswick drivers licence. This process may differ depending on where you come from and how long you have been driving. Residents of some countries may participate in a direct exchange program, while others may be required to pass driving tests in order to obtain a New Brunswick licence.

Countries with Exchange Privileges

If you are coming to New Brunswick from specific countries, you can exchange your licence class for class directly, with no need for driver licence testing. The nations that currently enjoy this privilege are:

  • United States
  • Austria
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Scotland
  • Republic of Korea (South Korea)
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Wales

All of these countries have entered into an agreement with New Brunswick that allows residents to easily exchange their licence. If you come from any other country, you will be required to pass written tests as well as a road test.

Steps to Obtain a New Brunswick Licence

Whether or not your country is in the exchange agreement list, you must present certain documents in order to apply for a New Brunswick drivers licence. These documents are as follows:

  • Your original licence
  • A translation of the licence if necessary, or an International Drivers Licence
  • Your passport

If you come from the Republic of Korea, you must obtain specific documents from the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea. The packet of documents will be prepared for you and must be presented along with your licence and passport. These documents include a cover page, a copy of your licence, a translation of your licence, and a signed and sealed certification. All drivers from the Republic of Korea must obtain this packet.

Once you have the required documents collected you must apply for the licence by filling out the application form and paying the required fees. You can determine what your fees will be using the chart provided here.

If you already have a licence but are not in the exchange country list, you will then need to pay for and take the written test, the road test, and pass a vision screening in order to obtain your New Brunswick licence.

Any inquiries regarding the process, the documentation, and the testing can be directed to the Motor Vehicles offices by calling 506-453-2410.

New Brunswick Licence Classes

New Brunswick uses a class system for licences and also employs a graduated system for licensing new drivers. Class 7 drivers are new drivers, and there are two levels to this class. If the licence you hold when you come to New Brunswick is a learners or new drivers, you can apply for a Class 7 licence at the appropriate level:

  • Class 7, Level 1: Learners permit
  • Class 7, Level 2: New driver's permit, allowing operation of a vehicle under restrictions

You can then take the road test in order to graduate to a full Class 5 licence. Drivers who hold the equivalent of a Class 5 full licence upon arrival can apply for it directly without having to go through the graduated system.

If you come to New Brunswick with no licence or are unable to prove you had a licence, you will need to go through the system to graduate to a full licence, including all testing and education requirements.

It's a good idea to get a copy of the New Brunswick driver handbook whether or not you need to take a test. It will help you to understand the rules of the road in the province as well as to prepare for a test if you must take one.

New Brunswick Car Insurance

In addition to your licence, you must obtain car insurance in order to legally drive in New Brunswick. As a private insurance province, you can compare car insurance quotes from multiple companies and choose your coverage and rate. It is helpful when seeking car insurance in New Brunswick as an immigrant to provide a letter of experience showing a clean driving record and showing that you also have a clean claims history with your previous insurance company.

Drivers with a history of insurance and a clean record will be eligible for lower insurance rates. Be sure to obtain translated copies of these documents if necessary.

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