Drivers and Vehicle Services

Licences and Identification Cards

Drivers Licences

To obtain a drivers licence, follow these steps: 

  1. Visit your local issuing office to renew or apply for a driver's licence.You can also renew your driver’s licence or book a driver’s exam online.
  2. You will be required to fill out an “N.W.T. Application for Driver’s Licence or General Identification Form”, prior to a driver’s licence being issued.
  3. If you meet the identification requirements you may be issued a temporary driver's licence, which can be used to drive until you receive the final licence by mail in two to four weeks. 
    NOTE: Those renewing an NWT driver's licence who have a secure driver's licence, whose address on their Licence is current, and who have already met all conditions for obtaining a secure driver's licence, can use the secure driver's licence alone to meet all identification requirements for renewal.  Those clients who also wish to change their address information when renewing their driver's licence must provide their secure driver's licence and a residency document. Those who do not meet these conditions will be required to produce Proof of Birth Date and Legal Name, government-issued photo identification, and proof of residency.
  4. Wait for your driver's licence to arrive in the mail. 

General Identification Cards

To obtain a general identification card, follow these steps: 

  1. Attend one of the NWT Driver and Vehicle Licensing Offices to renew or apply for a General Identification card.

  2. You will be required to fill out an “N.W.T. Application for Driver’s Licence or General Identification Form”, prior to the issuance of a  GIC.

  3. Meet the identification requirements.  

Graduated Driver Licencing Program

The Graduated Driver Licencing 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

There are now 3 stages toward obtaining your Class 5:


  • 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
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Only one passenger is permitted in the front seat


  • 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

Medical Requirements

Holders of an NWT Class 1, 2, 3, or 4 Drivers Licence must submit an NWT Driver's Medical Examination Report:

  • upon initial application
  • every five years until age 45
  • from age 45 to 65, every three years
  • after age 65, every year

Holders of an NWT Class 5, 6, or 7 Drivers Licence must submit an NWT Driver's Medical Examination Report

  • at age 75
  • at age 80
  • after age 80, every two years

Medical reports may be required on a more frequent basis. The Registrar may require a medical report where a person has an identified medical concern that may restrict the safe operation of a motor vehicle.

Only an NWT Driver's Medical Examination Report form, completed by an NWT medical practitioner after a medical examination in the Northwest Territories, will be accepted by the Registrar. The examination may be conducted by a Nurse Practitioner or, in a community where there is no medical practitioner, by a Nurse registered under the NWT Nursing Profession Act.

It takes approximately five working days to process the NWT Driver's Medical Examination Report. All medical information submitted to the Road Licensing and Safety Division is treated as confidential.

All fees incurred are the responsibility of the applicant.

Your responsibilities

If a medical professional has advised you that your medical condition or medications will affect your ability to operate a motor vehicle, do not drive.

You are responsible for ensuring that you meet medical report requirements due to age or the expiry of a previous medical report. You will be informed by regular mail when your medical report is to expire. Failure to comply with any requirement to renew or submit a medical report form will eventually result in the suspension of your Drivers Licence.

If you are upgrading to a higher class of Drivers Licence, a new medical report will be required, even if your previous medical report has not yet expired. Those who wish to change their class of Licence back to one previously held must meet the same medical report requirements as a new applicant. 

Those who are downgrading to a lower class of Licence may still be required to submit a medical report because of an age requirement, a medical restriction (MR), or a pre-existing medical condition that has the potential to affect your ability to operate a motor vehicle.

As there are different medical requirements for each specific class of Licence, each medical will be assessed only for the Licence class requested in the application.

Your driving privileges will be medically suspended if any of the following occur:

  • An impairing condition, where your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle is in question
  • Failure to comply with follow-up requirements requested by the Road Licensing and Safety Division
  • You do not provide a medical report as required.

Booking knowledge or practical road tests

An NWT Driver's Medical Examination Report is only valid for six months from the date completed. If you require a written knowledge and/or a practical road test, you must book the examination within six months or you will have to undergo another medical examination.