The Class 7 Nova Scotia Learners License Made Easier

Getting your Nova Scotia learners license is step one in the Nova Scotia graduated driver licensing process. It is followed by the NS Newly Licensed or Class 5N stage, and finally, the  full Nova Scotia Class 5 license. In order to make the NS learner, or beginner stage as simple as possible, we've put together all the steps you need to take and the information you need to learn, in order to pass your Class 7 Nova Scotia written test on the first attempt.

Nova Scotia Class 7 Learner License

Written Test + Vision test --> Class 7 Learner License

Getting Your Class 7 Nova Scotia Learners License.

The only way to get a Nova Scotia learners license is to pass the NS driving knowledge test, otherwise known as the NS written test. This test ensures that all new drivers know all of the rules of the road and the road sign meanings. The best way to prepare for the Nova Scotia written test, is by thoroughly studying the Nova Scotia Driver's Handbook, and practicing as many NS learners practice test exercises as possible before your Nova Scotia driving knowledge test. Click the tabs below for specific information.

16 Years Old

You can apply for your Nova Scotia learners license once you turn 16. If you are under the age of 18, you will need to provide parental/guardian consent at the Nova Scotia Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) office.

Study The Registry of Motor Vehicles - Nova Scotia Driver's Handbook

The Nova Scotia drivers handbook has everything you need in order to learn how to drive in Nova Scotia. From road signs and road rules, to actual driving techniques, you can find all of the driving information you require within this one guide. Make sure you thoroughly familiarize yourself with the road signs and rules of the road rules sections in the NS driver's handbook, before your Class 7 written test.

Practice Class 7 Written Tests

The team has created a series of Nova Scotia Class 7 practice test sets to help new drivers test themselves on their knowledge of the road signs and rules that they can expect to see on the actual NS Class 7 written test. Work your way through all of our Class 7 practice tests to ensure you are well-prepared for your test day.

Pay For Your Class 7 Test In Advance

You will need to pay for the NS written test in advance through one of the following options:

Class 7 Written Test

The Nova Scotia Class 7 written test can be taken at any NS Registry of Motor Vehicles Offices (RMV) across the province. Some key things you should be aware of are:

  • The Class 7 written test is made up of two sections. One of them is on traffic and safe driving rules, while the second section focuses on Nova Scotia road and highway signs. Each section is made up of 20 multiple choice questions and you need to score a 16/20 on each section to pass the test
  • If you require to take the Class 7 test orally, you can make a special appointment to do so in advance

Vision Test

Getting a Nova Scotia learners license also requires that you pass a vision test which will test for color perception, field of vision, sharpness of vision and distance judgement.

To avoid being stressed on your Nova Scotia learners license test day, follow our test day checklist:

Arrive Early

Be aware of any major holidays etc. around the time when you are hoping to take the Nova Scotia beginners license test. Times like March break and summer holidays can be exceptionally busy, so you want to make sure you arrive at the Nova Scotia RMV location well in advance of closing time. You want to ensure that you have enough time to take the NS written test as well as your vision test, and don't feel rushed.

Documents To Bring

Getting a Nova Scotia beginners license requires proof of age and the appropriate identification documents

Parental Consent Documents - if you're under the age of 18 and your parent/guardian is not accompanying you to the RMV office, then you need to bring a signed consent form with you.

Application Form

You will need to complete a Nova Scotia learners license application form at the Registry of Motor Vehicles office.

Vision Aids

Any prescription eye wear that you require must be brought along to the test.

Applicable Fees

You need to pre-pay the test fee before you come to the test and bring your test receipt along with you on the driving knowledge test day. The cost of the knowledge test is $15 and can be paid through one of the following options:


In addition, if you successfully pass the written test you will need to pay the $25.10 license fee for your Class 7 license

Getting Your Class 7 License

After passing the Class 7 written test and paying the license fee, you will receive a temporary licence at the RMV office, which is valid for 30 days. Your new Nova Scotia beginners license card should arrive in the mail within 14 business days. You must get your temporary licence card from the RMV office right after your test, because you cannot drive without it.

Minimum Licence Holding Period

You have to stay at the Nova Scotia learners license stage for a minimum of 6 months before moving on to the next stage (reduced to 3 if you take an approved driver training program).

NS Driver Training Programs

In order to graduate from the full Nova Scotia graduated driver licensing program, you will at some stage need to finish a Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations approved driver training program. There are two options when it comes to Nova Scotia driver training programs:

Long Driver Training Course

  • 25 in-classroom hours + 10 hours of driving time
  • If you take the long course while in the Class 7 stage you can take your road test after only 3 months (instead of 6)


Short Driver Training Course

  • 6 in-classroom hours

Both courses will fulfill the NS GDL (graduated driver license) exit requirement, and will help you learn better driving from a professional driving instructor, which could also potentially help you save money on NS car insurance further down the line.

Licence Expiry

A Nova Scotia learners license expires in 2 years, and you will need to move to the NS Class 5N licensing stage before it expires, otherwise you will have to re-take the learner level test.

Supervised Driving

A non-GDL driver who has held a full Nova Scotia driving license for at least 2 years must always supervise you when you are driving as a learner.

No Alcohol

Consumption of alcohol or drugs while driving is forbidden.

No Passengers

Aside from the supervising driver in the front seat, no other passengers are allowed in the vehicle with you.

Demerit Points

As a Nova Scotia beginners license holder, if you accumulate 4 or more demerit points, your license will automatically be suspended for 6 months.

Looking for Information on Other NS Car Driving License Types?

NS GDL Process

The Nova Scotia graduated driver licensing process is designed to help new drivers navigate all the steps required to become safe, capable and confident NS drivers.

NS Class 5N License

The Class 5N (Newly Licensed) stage allows Nova Scotia drivers greater independence as they further develop their car driving skills and prepare for the Class 5R stage.

NS Class 5R License

The Class 5 restricted license stage is the final GDL stage before you can get your full Class 5 licence. This stage allows drivers to master all required driving skills.

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Regardless of which kind of Nova Scotia driver's license you seek, we can help make the process easier.