Transportation

Graduated Licences

The Graduated Driver Licensing Program requires new drivers to take a series of steps to attain a full Class 5 Driver's Licence. Some of the new aspects of this system are:

  • It will take a minimum of 2 years to get your full Class 5
  • 17 years old is the minimum age required for a Class 5
  • Fewer demerit points are permitted during Probation and Learner’s stages
For information about the process for obtaining the NWT Driver's Licence, please click here.

Information about the three stages of the Graduated Driver Licensing Program follows below.


There are now 3 stages toward obtaining your Class 5:

STAGE 1

LEARNER CLASS 7 

  • Must be 15 years of age or older
  • Must pass a written examination
  • The Learner’s stage lasts for a minimum of 12 months, providing the driver remains suspension free

    Conditions

  • Driving after consuming ANY alcohol or while otherwise impaired is prohibited.
  • A Learner must drive with a fully licensed driver who has a minimum of 24 months experience with a full Class 5 (not class 5P) licence
  • A Learner may not have any passengers other than the supervisor
  • A Learner may not drive between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • The Class 7 licence must be held for at least one year before qualifying for a Class 5P Licence.
  • Accumulation of six or more demerit points shall result in a suspension of the Class 7 Licence by the Registrar.

STAGE 2

PROBATIONARY CLASS 5P

  • Driving after consuming ANY alcohol or while otherwise impaired is prohibited.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Must have completed the 12-month learner stage
  • Must pass a practical road examination
  • No supervisor required
  • A probationary driver cannot serve as an accompanying driver to a Learner (Class 7 licence holder)
  • The probationary stage lasts for a minimum of 12 months, providing the driver remains suspension free. After the probationary period has ended, the driver must apply at a Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office for an upgrade from the Class 5P to a Class 5 licence - this does not automatically occur. 
  • During the 12 month probationary stage, there can be no upgrading to a commercial (Class 1, 2, 3, or 4) Licence.

      Conditions

  • Only one passenger is permitted in the front seat

STAGE 3

FULL CLASS 5

  • Must have completed the Probationary stage
  • If, after 12 months as a holder of a Class 5P licence, you are eligible for a full Class 5 licence, you must apply for an upgrade from your Class 5P to a Class 5 at any Driver and Vehicle licensing office. The upgrade does not take effect automatically - it must be applied for.