Driver’s license plays a major role, taking into consideration the legal aspects. Driving without a Driver’s license may land you into big problem, and is a punishable offence, you can go behind the bars, or can get a huge fine.
Before planning to buy a car, make sure the work of your driver’s license has been accomplished first, it’s a long yet simplified process.
The rules of getting a Driver’s license in Canada differ in each province and territory, so this article is a generic one(though overall they are quite similar), which will give you a basic idea about the general requirements in each province or territories most popular with newcomers in Canada.
Generally depending upon the country you are from, you may be able to exchange your foreign license for a driver’s license in Canada without even caring to sit for any road test.
Canada’s driving age is determined on a province-by-province basis. The age to begin learning is 16 in most provinces.
In any event, you should focus more on learning the road signage and rules in your new province. As the number of road accidents are increasing every year, there is a very high chance that they may ask you to perform different challenges , which you may not be even aware of ,for example, winter driving in Canada might require a preparation you’ve never had to consider before.
If you plan to use a foreign driver’s license in Canada, you should get an International Driving Permit (IDP) in your home country. An IDP will give you a translation of your license into French and English.
If you don’t get a license on your foreign license basis, in most provinces, you will need to go through a process called Graduated Licensing Program. There are generally three steps:
1. Take a knowledge written exam (and sometimes eye test). Post succeeding you will get a learner’s permit, you cannot drive alone with this permit, only under the supervision of a experienced driver (possessing license).
2. After one year of practice, you will be able to take a road test to get an intermediate permit, this time you are allowed to drive alone, but are not allowed to use any electronic device(even hands-free) and to have any drug or alcohol in the system.
3. After one to two year of driving, you will be allowed to take a full license road test.
Beware that these 3 steps (and years between each test) are approximative. Each province/territory has its own specifications.
To apply for a driver’s license, you need to show approved identity documents. Go to a Driver Examination Centre. The application form is not available online.
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Once you have a license, you will have to renew it every so often. The expiry date will be printed on your license.