How to Get Your NWT Learners License

The Northwest Territories graduated driver licensing (GDL) program begins with getting a stage 1 or Class 7 NWT learners license (similar to NT graduated motorcycle licensing). Once you get your Class 7 learner licence, you can practice your driving with a licensed supervisor and build your driving skills until you can apply for a NWT probationary drivers license, and finally, graduate with a full, unrestricted NWT class 5 license.

Getting Your Northwest Territories Class 7 Learner License

Pass the Class 7 written test and vision test to get a Class 7 licence

A NWT Learners License Guide to Get Your Class 7 Faster

Getting a NWT learners license involves multiple steps. In order to make getting your NT Class 7 license as easy and quick as possible, we've put together everything you need to know in the tabs below. Follow the step by step approach to most almost certainly pass the NWT learners license written test on the first try.

15 Years Old

You must be 15 or older to begin the process to get your Class 7 learner license

Study The NWT Driver's Guide

Use the Northwest Territories drivers guide to learn everything you need to know about NT road signs and road rules. The more thoroughly you study the NWT basic driver's handbook, the more confident you will be attempting NWT Class 7 practice tests, as well as taking the actual Class 7 written test.

Class 7 Practice Test

We want you to be as prepared and as confident as possible for your test. To help with building that confidence, we've created a series of free NT Class 7 practice test tutorials which we urge you to practice with as much as possible. Use these practice tests to assess whether you are ready to take the actual NWT written test and identify any areas of the NWT drivers guide that you need to revisit.

MCQ Written Test

The Class 7 written test is a multiple choice test where you will be required to correctly answer questions on Northwest Territories road signs and road rules. Contact your local NWT Driver and Motor Vehicle office to get more information on locations for the test as well as other requirements.

Vision Test

A medical professional will test your eyesight to ensure you can safely drive a car.

Test in Different Language

If you need to take the test in a different language, reach out to your local Northwest Territories DMV Office in advance to check which languages the test is offered in.

Arrive Early

Arriving too close to closing time is always a bad idea. Look up the hours of operation for your local NWT Driver Testing Center and aim to be there at least an hour before closing so you can get your written test and vision test done.

Documents to Bring

You need to provide proof of identification when applying for a Class 7 NWT learners license. The best way to know exactly what identity documents to bring is to contact your local NWT DMV office in advance of your test. The proof of identification should be able to show your legal name, date of birth, photo ID and proof of residency.

Vision Aids

If you currently wear glasses or contacts, bring them to your test.

Applicable Fees

You will be required to pay a fee for the Class 7 knowledge test. Speak with a representative at your local NT DMV office regarding the current applicable fee.

Minimum Licence Holding Period

You have to remain at the NWT learners license stage for a minimum of 12 months.

Supervised Driving

A full Class 5 driver with a minimum of 2 years of driving experience must always supervise your driving.

No Alcohol

You cannot consume any alcohol when driving with a Class 7 learner licence.

No Passengers

Aside from the supervising driver, no other passengers are allowed in the car with you.

Restricted Driving at Night

A NWT Class 7 driver is restricted from driving between the hours of 11 pm and 6 am.

Demerit Points

If you accumulate 6 or more demerit points, your license will immediately be suspended.

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GDL Process For NT

The NWT GDL process is designed to gradually move drivers from a learner stage to a probationary stage and finally help NWT residents get their full Class 5 licence.

NWT Class 5P Licence

The Class 5 probationary licence can be obtained by successfully passing the standard Northwest Territories Class 5 road test. The Class 5P licence comes with reduced restrictions.

NWT Class 5 Licence

Once you've successfully completed the NWT graduated driver licensing program you will receive your full, unrestricted Class 5 car licence to drive anywhere in the Northwest Territories.

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