The province of Prince Edward Island takes road safety and driver licensing very seriously. The Graduated Drivers License PEI implements is made up of three main stages that help new drivers learn necessary standard and defensive driving skills.
Beginner drivers are introduced to the concepts of driving and understanding the road signs and road rules in the first stage of the PEI graduated driver license program (or PEI GDL), which is called the PEI Instruction Driver's Permit. As drivers build stronger driving skills, they gradually move through the PEI Class 5 Stage 2 and PEI Class 5 Stage 3, to eventually receive their full PEI Class 5 car drivers license.
Choose a PEI driver license level to get started
The purpose of the graduated drivers license PEI offers, is not only to teach new drivers excellent road skills but also to build a level of confidence in PEI drivers that lets them drive in most any weather or road condition. (A similar PEI motorcycle graduated drivers license program is also in place.) With the tools & guides provided by the team at ICanDrive.ca, you can make the most of each of the PEI driver licensing levels, learn all the skills that will help you in your PEI driving journey and get your full PEI Class 5 car licence in the shortest time possible.
Instruction Drivers Permit + Stage 1 Licence + Stage 2 Licence + Stage 3 Licence → Class 5 Car Licence
Pass your knowledge test and vision test to get your Class 5 Stage 1 License (also known as 7L licence)
Once you've passed the road test associated with a PEI Class 5 Stage 2 license you can drive a passenger vehicle in PEI without supervision. You must of course make sure you are driving with valid PEI car insurance, with the appropriate documents for your vehicle and within your PEI drivers license restrictions.
Practice safe driving for 1 year and pass the Class 5 road test to get your Class 5 → Stage 2 Licence
There is a 1 year wait time between the two licence levels:
How to get your stage 2 licence:
Make sure your car is mechanically sound for the road test
Complete Driver Education or a Novice Driver Course
Pass the Class 5 road test
You need to accumulate 1 year of driving experience without suspensions before you qualify for a stage 3 car licence in PEI. It is at this point that you can exit the system - the graduated drivers license PEI operates.
Practice safe driving for 1 year with your Class 5 Stage 2 licence → Class 5 Stage 3 Licence
The process of getting a Canada drivers license can be quite different depending on where you live. Choose your province or territory of residence, to allow us to direct you to the appropriate resources.