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Get your N

Get your N

To get your N, you'll need to pass the Class 7 road test.

When you can take your test

Don't feel like you need to rush to take your test—take it when you feel ready.  Your earliest test date will be printed on your Learner's licence.

You can take your road test as long as you've had your L for at least 12 months and have stayed prohibition-free.

Booking your road test

Depending on where you live, you can book your test online or over the phone. Our offices can be really busy, so try to book well in advance.

You can also go to a driver licensing office and wait for a stand-by appointment. We’ll do our best to accommodate you if there's space.

Book your road test

What to bring to your road test

When you come for your test make sure to bring:

  • A safe vehicle (working brakes, horn, etc.)
  • Valid insurance and registration documents
  • Accepted ID 
  • Fees for your road test and new driver's licence

Tip

For ID, you'd usually use your photo learner's licence and another piece of ID with your name and signature or photo on it.

Taking your first road test

To get ready for your test, you’ll want to practice as much as possible with your qualified supervisor. Try to practice at different times of day, in different weather and road conditions, and in unfamiliar neighbourhoods.

Being prepared for whatever might be happening the day of your test (rain, heavy traffic, a distracting dancing pizza mascot on the side of the road) will help you be more confident.

How to practice and study for your road test

These will help you get ready for and pass your test:

Tip

Pay special attention to your road signs. Not understanding a playground or school zone sign is a common mistake that drivers make on their tests.

Don’t just rely on studying though, be sure to get lots of real-life driving practice with an experienced driver and consider taking a driver training course

What to expect on your road test

Your full road test, including time at the end to go over how you did, will take about 45 minutes. Your examiner will take you out on a route that tests your driving skills.

What you’ll be tested on

Your driver examiner will be looking to see that you’re able to demonstrate different driving skills in a safe, smooth and controlled manner.  They are not looking for perfection, so don’t worry too much about whether you can parallel park perfectly. Be safe and follow their directions.

Feeling nervous?

We understand that you might be nervous about your road test. It's totally normal and almost everyone has felt that way too!

Just so you know, our examiners don't have a number of drivers that they have to fail—they mark everyone fairly, based on their skills. Ideally, we'd like everyone to pass their tests.

Didn't pass on your first try?

If you don't pass on your first try, you can take the test again after waiting 14 days. (You’ll have to pay another road test fee.)

Your N sign

N sign

In the novice stage, you’ll have a new, reflective green N sign to replace your red L. It works the same as the L did—you’ve got to put it on the back of your car while you’re driving.

Lost your N sign?

If you’ve lost your N sign, you can pick up a new one (for free) at any driver licensing office. (Please don’t make your own with duct tape. It’s very creative… but not actually allowed.)

If you can’t get a new N right away, download and print a temporary N sign  (PDF). 

N restrictions

Having an N means you are now a novice driver and are allowed to drive on your own. 

It’s important to follow the restrictions of graduated licensing when you get your N. If you violate these restrictions or get any other tickets or prohibitions, you must pay graduated licensing penalties.

N Restrictions

No alcohol

No blood alcohol:
You must not drive with any alcohol in your body

Display N

Display N sign:
Display N sign on the back of your vehicle

No hand-held

No electronic devices:
No hand-held or hands-free electronic devices

Passenger

Limit one passenger:
1 passenger only (immediate family exempt) unless with supervisor age 25+ with a valid Class 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 licence.