If you want to drive a vehicle like a car, van or light truck in the Northwest Territories, you must be properly licenced and obey all road signs and rules of the road. You must also be able to demonstrate that you can safely operate under a variety of conditions. The NWT Graduated Driver Licensing program ensures that all new drivers gradually acquire all of the skills and confidence to drive safely over a period of time. A similar NWT Graduated Motorcycle License program is in place for bike drivers. All new passenger vehicle drivers must follow the NWT GDL process in order to get their Class 5 car driving licence.
The three step NWT Graduated Driver Licensing program is designed to help aspiring drivers learn key driving skills at each stage of the process, building skills that help them become confident and safe drivers over time. There are mandatory wait times between each of the stages that allow a new driver adequate time to practice the skills learned at that level and prepare for the next stage. All residents must follow the exact same process in order to get their NWT car licence.
Class 7 learner licence + Class 5 Probationary licence → Class 5 Full licence
Pass the Class 7 written test and vision test to get Class 7 licence
You can get your Class 7 on your 15th birthday:
More on how to get your Class 7:
Study the NWT Basic Driver's Handbook
Practice Class 7 written tests
Take and Pass the Class 7 written test
Pass a vision test
The purpose of the NWT Class 5P probationary licence stage of the NWT Graduated Driver Licensing program, is to allow drivers greater freedom to practice their driving skills and become more capable and confident road users, and master the skills necessary to drive free of restrictions. At this stage, drivers must also have appropriate documentation for the vehicle being driven, as well as adequate NWT car insurance.
Practice safe driving for 12 months as a learner and pass the Class 5 road test to get your Class 5P Licence
You qualify for a 5P licence after 12 months:
Here's how to get your 5P licence:
Pay for your Class 5 road test in advance
Bring a vehicle in good working order
Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your appointment
Take and Pass the Class 5 road test
After you've demonstrated safe driving, with minimal accumulation of demerit points and completed the mandatory 12 months at the probationary stage, you complete the NWT Graduated Driver Licensing process, and will qualify for a full NWT Class 5 car license.
Drive safely with a Class 5 Probationary Licence for 12 months in order to get your Class 5 Full Licence
In the Northwest Territories, driver licensing is handled by Driver and Motor Vehicle (DMV) offices located across the region. All new drivers are expected to complete mandatory licensing requirements and follow the road rules implemented. Regardless of what type of licence you are looking for, the ICanDrive.ca team has you covered. Choose your licence type below for more information.
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