How to Get a Newfoundland Driver's License

The last province to join the Canadian Confederation, Newfoundland & Labrador is home to several phenomenal World Heritage Sites. In addition to its historic past, Newfoundland & Labrador is also famous for its unique people and diverse culture. Having a Newfoundland driver's license not only allows one to explore this fascinating part of Canada at your leisure but also opens up a world of additional opportunities.

If you're looking to learn how to drive or get a Newfoundland driver's license, we can help. With everything you need to know, at every stage of the driver's license NL administers, we can help guide you on the best way to get a Newfoundland driver's license in the shortest time possible.

The most common types of drivers license NL residents apply for, are the NL car driver licence (or Class 5 license) and/or the NL motorcycle driving license (or Class 6 license). However, there are other Newfoundland driver's license types that one can apply for as well.

Choose from one of the Newfoundland driver's license options below to get started.

Choose Your Newfoundland driver's license Type

Choose the type of vehicle you need to get a Newfoundland driver license for

Service NL is the official government point of contact when it comes to all NL graduated driving license programs in the province, conducting division tests and NL motor registrations. In addition to ensuring that all drivers are properly trained before being allowed to obtain the driver's license NL offers, Service NL is also responsible for maintaining safety on public highways through various government programs. The team at has worked hard to ensure that our information and resources are compliant with the requirements issued by Service NL.

All Newfoundland driver's license holders must abide by NL road rules

Local Newfoundland drivers license holders, as well as visitors, are encouraged to keep themselves updated on changing Newfound traffic laws and rules of the road. (We invite you to test your road rules and road signs driving knowledge with our free Newfoundland permit test practice series.) By being aware of key driving requirements you can maintain road safety and avoid any traffic violation incidents. Don't forget, you must also carry valid NL vehicle insurance and proper registration documents for the kind of vehicle you drive.

Unexpired Drivers Licence

As a Newfoundland driver, you need to always carry a valid, unexpired drivers licence with you when driving a car or motorcycle in Newfoundland. You also need to follow the licence restrictions applicable to your license level.

No Distracted Driving

The use of handheld devices is against the law when operating a car in Newfoundland and you could face a fine and 4 demerit points if you are caught driving distracted.

Follow Traffic Signs

Traffic signs can be overhead, mounted on signs about the highway and on poles so you should always keep an eye out for signs that you need to follow. Failure to obey traffic signals or signs can have serious consequences for you and other road users.

Obey Speed Limits

Signs indicating the maximum legal speed limit in an area are always posted and help you stay within a safe speed limit. Exceed the speed limit can result in an immediate licence suspension and/or vehicle seizure.

Looking to Get Your Licence in a Different Part of Canada?

Choose the province or territory you're looking to get licensed in

Choosing the province or territory in which you reside, allows us to direct you to resources who can provide the best possible driver licensing information. Depending on where you live the process of getting a Canadian driver's license can differ.