Immigrating to Yukon: How to Get Your Yukon Driver's Licence

Published on Jul 09, 2012

When you immigrate to the Yukon, you will have 120 days to obtain a Yukon drivers licence. New arrivals in this Canadian territory must present all of the appropriate documentation in order to be issued a Yukon licence to drive. The process for getting your drivers licence here is the same for all applicants, but those coming from another country must prove they are in Canada legally and that they are residents of Yukon.

The Application Process

In order to apply for a drivers licence in the Yukon Territory, you will need to fill out the application form in full and appear in person with the appropriate documentation. This documentation is intended to prove that you are who you say you are, and that you have the legal right to hold a Yukon licence. For those already licensed, it also proves that you have previous driving experience so that you can avoid going through the graduated licensing program.

The documents you will need to prove your legal status are:

  • A form of accepted identification
  • Proof of your legal status in Canada
  • Proof that you currently reside in Yukon, such as a rental agreement or utility bill

These documents can come in a variety of accepted forms. There is a full list of the acceptable documents for Yukon driver licences here.

As an immigrant, you will also be required to provide proof of your former driving experience. You will need to present:

  • Your current drivers licence
  • A translation of your licence or an International Drivers Licence
  • A certification of your driving experience if it can't be proven by the above documents

Once you have satisfied the documentation requirements, you will have to pay all of the applicable fees, pass a vision screening, and then will be issued a licence. The list of fees for getting a licence is found here.

Yukon Graduated Licences

Like the other provinces, Yukon uses a graduated licensing system in order to make sure new drivers approach the road safely. If you do not have prior driving experience or cannot prove that you do, you will need to go through this process to get a licence.

There are several steps to getting a full licence to drive in the Yukon:

  • Learner Stage: Requires proof of 50 hours of practice time driving and a written test
  • Novice stage: Allows driving with multiple restrictions and the passing of a road test
  • Full Licence: No restrictions

In order to reach the full licence stage you will need to learn the rules of the road in the territory and pass all the necessary tests, as well as satisfying all education requirements. As long as you can prove that you have held a full licence in your home jurisdiction, you will not have to go through the testing process for the Yukon licence.

Even for drivers who do not need to go through this system but are new to the area, it is a good idea to study the rules of the road as they may differ from your home country. You can download the Yukon Drivers Handbook here, and use it to prepare for driving in Canada. It will provide all the information needed for the written test and to drive safely. You should also consider taking a practice permit test online in order to brush up your skills and knowledge. A free driving theory test costs you nothing and may help you obtain your licence.

Yukon Car Insurance Requirements

Along with your licence, you will also need to provide car insurance to drive legally. Your car insurance policy must meet the legal Yukon minimums set out by the government. Private insurance companies offer coverage to Yukon drivers. This means that you can obtain multiple car insurance quotes and compare the rates before you choose one in order to get the best price.

Car insurance companies here use your prior driving experience and your previous claims as part of the process for determining your rates. If you can prove that you had a clean driving record in your home country it could help you to lower your rates and not be treated as a new driver. A letter of experience is the best way to prove this, and you should obtain it before you leave your home country to expedite the process of getting a licence and insurance.

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