The rules for getting a driving license in Canada differ in each province and territory. In this article, we outline the general requirements in those provinces and territories most popular with newcomers to Canada.
Depending on which country you’re from, you may be able to simply exchange your foreign licence for a driver licence in Canada without the need to sit any road tests. However, many newcomers to Canada need to sit a theory test and road test before they can obtain a Canadian driving license, even if they already have years of driving experience outside Canada.
In any event, you should take the time to familiarise yourself with the road signage and rules in your new province. They may present different challenges to those you are used to, for example, winter driving in Canada might require preparation you’ve never had to consider before.
First step to getting a driving license in Canada
Before you arrive in Canada, it’s recommended that you get a copy of your driving history from your home country’s licencing authority and/or insurance provider. Having the appropriate documentation (including the actual licence itself) ready when you arrive will help when you’re applying for a driving license in Canada. Documentation should be in English or French.