Driver Licensing

Passenger Vehicles & Light Trucks - Class 5

The Class 5 Driver Licence Stages are:

L Learner Stage

I Intermediate Stage

FFull Stage

Each stage has specific restrictions on the new driver that will reduce the opportunity and likelihood for them to engage in risky driving behaviour.

Time within the Learner and Intermediate Stages is only earned if the driver holds a valid licence. The driver will not earn credit for time served in the stage if their licence is suspended, prohibited or expired.

A stage may be extended as a result of interventions from a Driver Improvement and Control Novice Driver Hearing.

Class 5 Learner (L) Stage (minimum nine months)

To apply for a Class 5 Learner licence, you must:

  • be at least 16 years of age, or a minimum of 15 years, six months and enrolled in a high school driver education course
  • have parental consent if you are under 18 years of age
  • pass a knowledge (written) test and meet the vision and medical standards. If you fail the knowledge test, you must wait a minimum of seven days before you may take another knowledge test
  • the DSR Calculator can help you determine the cost

During the Learner Stage, you must follow these restrictions:

  • maintain zero blood alcohol concentration
  • be accompanied by a supervising driver who
  • is the only front seat passenger
  • holds a valid, minimum Class 5 Full Stage licence
  • has held a Full Class 5 licence for at least three years
  • is under .05 blood alcohol concentration
  • limit other passengers in the back seat(s) up to the number of functioning seatbelts

While in the Learner Stage, you are not allowed to:

  • tow vehicles
  • operate Class 3 motor vehicles registered as a farm truck
  • operate off-road vehicles along or across a highway (unless you hold a minimum Class 6 Intermediate Stage licence)

You may apply for a Motorcycle (Class 6) Learner Licence, however you may not apply for Authorized Instruction in Classes 1–4 (Commercial). You may operate a moped providing you are at least 16 years of age.

Class 5 Intermediate (I) Stage (minimum 15 months)

To graduate to this stage, you must pass the Class 5 road test. If you fail the road test, you must wait a minimum of 14 days before you may take another road test.

During the Intermediate Stage, you must follow these restrictions:

  • maintain zero blood alcohol concentration
  • limit passengers:
  • 5 a.m. to midnight – to one passenger in the front seat and up to the number of functioning seatbelts in the back seat(s)
  • midnight to 5 a.m. – either one passenger, or when accompanied by a qualified supervising driver in the front seat you may have additional passengers up to the number of functioning seatbelts in the back seat(s)

During the Class 5 Intermediate Stage, you may:

  • tow vehicles
  • operate a Class 3 motor vehicle registered as a farm truck
  • operate off-road vehicles along or across a highway
  • apply for Authorized Instruction in licence Classes 1–4 if you are 18 years of age or older and meet the vision and medical standards

You are only required to complete the Intermediate Stage once. Credit for time served in the Intermediate Stage in Class 5 will be given for the Intermediate Stage in Class 6 and vice versa.

Class 5 Full (F) Stage*:

On completion of the 15-month Intermediate Stage, you will graduate to the Full Licence Stage. Drivers in the Full Stage:

  • must maintain zero blood alcohol concentration for the first 36 months
  • may upgrade to Full Class 1–4 after passing the appropriate tests
  • may supervise novice drivers after three years in the Full Stage

* The law about blood alcohol concentration (BAC) changed as of December 2006.

If you entered GDL before the law changed:

  • you must have no alcohol in your blood for the first 12 months.

If you entered GDL after the law changed:

  • you must have no alcohol in your blood for the first 36 months.