Transportation

DMV FAQs

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Q. What services are available online?

A. The following services are available on our Online Services Website

  • Vehicle registration renewal, replacement and/or termination;
  • Driver’s abstracts; and
  • Driver’s examination booking, rebooking and/or cancellations.
Q. How long will it take for me to receive my driver’s licence or general identification card in the mail?
A. Depending on your residence within the NWT, it can take a minimum of 3 weeks for your driver’s licence or general identification card to be delivered by Canada Post.
Q. Do you issue a temporary general identification card until my plastic card arrives in the mail?
A. No. We do not issue temporary general identification cards. You will receive your plastic card in the mail.
Q. What do I need to get my vehicle registered?

A. Please visit a Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office and bring the following required documents:

  • Vehicle ownership (i.e. bill of sale or vehicle registration certificate);
  • Proof of valid insurance;
  • New Vehicle Information Statement (NVIS) - Only if this is a brand new vehicle; and
  • Photo identification.
Q. My vehicle registration has been lost or has expired, what do I do?

A. If you are in the NWT and your vehicle registration is expired or lost

You can renew and/or replace your vehicle registration online, using our Online Services at the following address: https://www.idmv.dot.gov.nt.ca. Please ensure that you have your plate number, valid insurance card and credit card number ready for processing.

You can also attend your local Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office and provide valid insurance and identification for your vehicle. The renewal and/or replacement vehicle registration form will be provided to you once you pay the fee.

B. If you are outside of the NWT and your vehicle registration has been lost or is expired

If you are still an NWT resident who holds a valid NWT driver’s licence, you can renew or replace your vehicle registration through our Online Services website at the following address: https://www.idmv.dot.gov.nt.ca. Please ensure that you have your plate number, valid insurance card and credit card number ready for processing.

If you have transferred to a new jurisdiction or do not have access to our online website, you will need to contact one of the NWT Driver and Vehicle Licensing Offices, (*click here* - http://www.dot.gov.nt.ca/DMV/Offices ) and fax or email a request for a replacement registration, along with your valid insurance and driver’s licence. A new vehicle registration form will be provided to you once you pay the replacement fee.

Q. I just bought a used vehicle and the previous owner left the plate on it, can I register that plate under my name?
A. No. Plates are not transferrable with the vehicle, they belong to the person. The previous owner should take the plate off the vehicle, as they can reuse it if they purchase a new vehicle. When you bring your documentation to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office to get a vehicle registration, you will be issued a new licence plate to put on the vehicle. However, if you currently own a plate that was on one of your previously owned vehicles, you can transfer that plate on to your new vehicle if you wish.
Q. I am outside of the NWT and my driver’s licence has been lost and or is expired, what do I do?

A. If you are unable to visit your local Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office for the renewal or replacement of your driver’s licence, you can contact the Road Licensing and Safety Division of the Department of Transportation for a Confirmation Letter (this can be used until you are back in the NWT for your replacement) and/or an Extension Letter (this can be used until you are back in the NWT for your renewal, extensions can be issued for 90 days after the date of your expiry).

You can send your letter requesting your Confirmation or Extension Letter either by fax or by email, along with a piece of photo identification to the following: Email: dvlicensing@gov.nt.ca

Tel: (867) 873-0120
Q. How can I obtain a Driver’s Abstract?

A. A Driver’s Abstract can be purchased through our Online Services website at https://www.idmv.dot.gov.nt.ca . Please have your NWT driver’s licence and credit card number ready for processing.

If you have transferred out of the NWT and are in another jurisdiction, you can request a Driver’s Abstract through the Driver and Motor Vehicle Office by email ( abstracts@gov.nt.ca) or by fax (867-669-9094). You will need to include a piece of photo identification and a credit card number for the payment.
Q. What are the costs for these services?
A. Please visit our website for a price list of Driver and Vehicle Registration services: http://www.dot.gov.nt.ca/DMV/Licences-GICs/Fees
Q. How can I get a Northwest Territories souvenir licence plate?
A. The Department of Transportation does not sell individual souvenir licence plates. Souvenir licence plates can be purchased from the following retail locations:

Northern Frontier Visitors Center

4807-49th Street Yellowknife, NT

Tel: (867)873-4262

Gallery of the Midnight Sun

5005 Bryson Yellowknife, NT

Tel: (867) 873-8064

Aurora Gallery

Center Square Mall Yellowknife,NT

Tel: (867) 873-4256

Yellowknife Inn Smoke Shop

Centre Square Mall Yellowknife, NT

Tel: (867) 873-3141

Cabin Fever

10D Gagnier St. Hay River, NT

Tel: (867)874-3630

Boreal Books

75 Mackenzie Inuvik, NT

Tel: (867)777-2198

Wally’s Drugs

68 Breynat St. Fort Smith, NT

Tel: (867) 872-2134

Q. What documents do I need to carry?

A. At all times, you must carry in your vehicle:

  • A copy of your vehicle registration;
  • A card or certificate issued by an insurance company indicating that the vehicle is covered by a motor vehicle liability policy that complies with the Insurance Act; and
  • A valid driver’s licence while driving.
Q. How do I obtain a Commercial Permit?

A. Commercial Toll Permits can be purchased online by using our Online Services website at the following address: https://www.idmv.dot.gov.nt.ca. You can find all the necessary information on Commercial Permits on our website at:

http://www.dot.gov.nt.ca/DMV/Commercial/Permits.

You can also contact 24/7 Permitting Centre at the following: 

AB Tel: (866) 795-4325

NT Tel: (877) 737-7786

Fax: (877) 795-4405

Email: mail@247permits.ca
Q. Are radar detectors allowed in the Northwest Territories?
A. No. It is illegal to equip a motor vehicle with a radar detector in the NWT. It is also illegal to equip a motor vehicle with a device designed to interfere with equipment used for measuring the speed of vehicles.
Q. Can demerit points be applied to my driver’s licence?

A. Yes. The Registrar of Motor Vehicles will add demerit points to your driving record as the Registrar becomes aware of your convictions.

For Graduated Driver’s Licence Program (Classes 7 and 5P)

  •          At 6 or more demerits points, your driver’s licence will be suspended for 30 days and a reinstatement fee will be applied.
  •          At 12 or more demerit points, your driver’s licence will be suspended for 90 days (3 months), and a reinstatement fee will be applied.
  •          At 15 or more demerit points, your driver’s licence will be suspended for 6 months, and a reinstatement fee will be applied.

For classes 5,4,3,2 and 1

  •          At 8 demerit points, you will be notified by a letter from the Registrar of the points accumulated.
  •          At 12 or more demerit points, you will be required to attend an interview with the driver examiner.
  •          At 15 or more demerit points, your driver’s licence will be suspended for 30 days and a reinstatement fee will be applied.
For more information on our Graduated Driver’s Licence Program please visit our website: http://www.dot.gov.nt.ca/DMV/Licences-GICs/Graduated
Q. What about drinking and driving?

A: You must not drive while impaired. Impaired driving continues to be a major cause of traffic deaths and injuries in Canada. Under Canadian law, it is a criminal offence to drive a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration in excess of 80 milligrams per 100 millilitres (.08) of blood. If convicted, you could face a fine of up to $5000, imprisonment for up to 5 years, and prohibition from driving for up to 3 years.  A condition of the Graduated Driver's Licence Program is that the holder not consume any alcohol, in any quantity, before driving. Those who ignore this requirement may lose their driving privilege. In addition, the cost of insuring the vehicle you are driving is likely to increase. It is possible that no insurance company will want to insure the vehicle at all.

In addition to any penalties under the Criminal Code of Canada, the Northwest Territories will suspend your licence. The Department of Transportation may also set conditions for you to get it back. The Northwest Territories suspension is served at the same time as a court-ordered driving prohibition. See the Basic Drivers Manual for more information at http://www.dot.gov.nt.ca/DMV/Training/Manuals.

The Northwest Territories Administrative Licence Suspension (ALS) means that drivers charged with an alcohol-related offence will face an automatic suspension of their driving privileges. No conviction is necessary. Any driver who is charged with having a breath or blood sample over .08 or refuses a demand for a breath or blood sample will receive an automatic 90-day suspension. This is in addition to any court ordered prohibition. If the individual holds a valid Northwest Territories' driver's licence, a 7-day temporary driver’s permit is granted before the suspension begins. Temporary driving privileges are intended to allow time for drivers to get their affairs in order.
Q. When must I wear my seat belt?
A: Wearing of seat belts is required by law at all times while driving. Failing to buckle up will result in a fine plus two demerit points applied to your driver’s licence. Young children must be secured in an appropriate child restraint system.
Q. When do I have to report an accident?
A: If the accident involves personal injury, or property damage exceeding $2,000, it must be reported to the police. You must be able to produce evidence of insurance or other financial responsibility.
Q. What are the speed limits in the NWT?
A: Within a settlement or a municipality, the speed limit is 50 km/h, unless otherwise posted. Outside of a settlement or a municipality, the speed limit is 90 km/h, unless otherwise posted.
Q. What class of driver’s licence do I need to drive what vehicle?

A:

Class 1 permits operation of:

  • Semi-trailers and tractor trailers;
  • Any vehicle in Class 2, 3, 4, or 5;
  • Any vehicle in Class 6 while learning to operate it.

Class 2 permits operation of:

  • A bus of any seating capacity of passengers;
  • A vehicle or any combination of vehicles in Class 3, 4, or 5;
  • Any combination of vehicles without air-brakes where the towed vehicles exceed a gross weight of 4,500 kg;
  • Any vehicle in Class 1 or 6, while learning to operate it.  

Class 3 permits operation of:

  • A single vehicle with three or more axles;
  • Any combination of vehicles without air-brakes where the towed vehicles in the combination do not exceed a gross weight of 4,500 kg;
  • A vehicle or any combination in Class 4 or 5;
  • Any vehicle in Class 1, 2, or 6, while learning to operate it.  

Class 4 permits operation of:

  • Buses which can carry less than 24 passengers;
  • Taxis, ambulances;
  • Any vehicle in Class 5;
  • Any vehicle in Class 1, 2, 3, or 6, while learning to operate it.

Class 5 permits operation of:

  • Cars, small trucks (such as vans, pick-ups, a vehicle with two axles only);
  • As a learner for Class 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6.

Class 6 permits operation of:

  • Motorcycles;
  • As a learner for Class 5.

Class 7 permits operation of:

  • Class 5 or 6 as a learner only.
  • The airbrake endorsement must be obtained separately.

For Class 5 you must take a road test and have eyesight that meets the standard.

For Class 7 you must take a written test and have eyesight that meets the standard.

For Class 1, 2, 3, or 4, you must be 18 years old, have a Class 5 Licence and pass a medical examination. For Class 5 or 6, you must be 16 years old, and for Class 7, you must be 15 years old.

All classes of driver’s licence require the client to write and pass a written exam.