Getting a full Nova Scotia Class 5 license (for non-commercial passenger vehicles like cars and light trucks) is a multi step process. After getting a NS Learner's Licence, and then driving with your Newly Licensed - Class 5N licence for a minimum of 24 months, you must also meet certain Nova Scotia driver's license restrictions and conditions, before you are eligible for a Class 5R (restricted) license. After these conditions have been met, a full, unrestricted Class 5 license will be granted. Each of the licensing stages before the full Class 5 have been designed to maximize your learning potential, while providing the necessary structure to becoming a confident and capable Nova Scotia driver.
Step 1 - Class 5N Licence + safe driving (2 years) --> Class 5R licence
Step 2 - Class 5R License + safe driving (2 years) --> Class 5 License
A Class 5 R License comes with fewer restrictions than the Newly Licensed stage, and way fewer restrictions than the Class 7 NS learners license stage. A Class 5 R License is the final step new drivers must complete before exiting the Nova Scotia graduated driver licensing program, to get an unrestricted, full Nova Scotia Class 5 license. Click the tabs below for more information.
We strive to make things easier, regardless of which kind of Nova Scotia driving license you need to apply for. Click on the links below for additional information.