Classes of Driver Licenses

You must have a Class 5 driver’s license to drive a personal car or light truck in PEI. Other classes of license are required if you want to drive a motor cycle, taxi or larger vehicle such as an ambulance, bus or tractor-trailer. Although a Class 5 driver’s license is not necessary, you will need a Class 8 license to operate a moped or motor-assisted pedal bicycle and a Class 9 license to operate a farm tractor.

If you hold a valid driver's license from another province, territory, state or country, you may apply to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles for a PEI license of the same class.

You can book an appointment for a driving test at any Access PEI location

What class of license do I need?

Each class of driver’s license authorizes the holder to operate the types of vehicles specified for that class in
the Driver’s Licenses Regulations of the Highway Traffic Act. For specific information such as licensing conditions, requirements and exceptions, refer to one of the following:

Driver's Licenses Regulations; or 

Graduated Driver Licensing Regulations.

Class 1: Truck tractor and trailer with fifth wheel and air brakes

A Class 1 driver’s license authorizes you to drive any combination of truck-tractor and trailer with fifth wheel and air brakes as well as any vehicle permitted in classes 3, 5, 8 and 9.  You must have successfully completed driver`s education, be at least 18 years and 9 months  or 19 years of age, have held a valid driver’s license for two years, and meet current medical standards for drivers.

To review Class 1 license requirements and pre-operating inspection checklist, refer to the brochure: Class 1-Tractor Trailer ​

Class 2: Bus (more than 24 passengers), including school bus

A Class 2 driver’s license authorizes you to drive a bus with capacity of more than 24 passengers, including a school bus, as well as any vehicle in classes 3, 4, 5, 8 and 9. To operate a bus, excluding a school bus, you must have successfully completed driver`s education, be at least 18 years and 275 days  or 19 years of age, have held a valid driver’s license for two years, and meet current medical standards for drivers.

You must be at least 21 years of age and have held a valid driver’s license for a minimum five years to operate a school bus.  

To review Class 2 license requirements and pre-operating inspection checklist, refer to the brochure: Class II (All Buses-25 Passengers and Up).

Class 3: Trucks over 14,000 kg 

A Class 3 driver’s license authorizes you to drive any truck-trailer combination over 14,000 kg gross mass, a truck tractor without a trailer, and special mobile equipment as well as any vehicle in classes 5, 8, and 9. You must have successfully completed driver`s education, be at least 17 years and 275 days and have exited Stage 2 of the Graduated Driver Licensing Program or 18 years of age and have exited Stage 2 of the Graduated Driver Licensing Program, and meet current medical standards for drivers.

To review Class 3 license requirements and pre-operating inspection checklist, refer to the brochure: Class III – Trucks.

Class 4: Taxi, ambulance or small bus 

A Class 4 driver’s license authorizes you to operate a taxi, ambulance or van/bus with a capacity less than 25 passengers as well as vehicles in classes 5, 8, and 9. You must have successfully completed driver`s education, be at least 18 years and 275 days  or 19 years of age, have held a valid driver’s license for two years, and meet current medical standards for drivers.

To review Class 4 license requirements and pre-operating inspection checklist, refer to the brochure: Class IV-Ambulances, Taxis, Vans/Buses.

Class 5: Cars and light trucks

A Class 5 driver’s license authorizes you to drive any small vehicle not exceeding 14,000 kg gross mass, excluding an ambulance, taxi, motorcycle or a truck-tractor. This license permits you to drive a farm tractor, moped or motor-assisted pedal bicycle and tow a vehicle under 4,500 kg gross mass.

You must be at least 17 years of age or age 16 with 275 days with a driver education program.

Class 6: Motorcycle

A Class 6 driver’s license authorizes you to operate a motor cycle. You must be at least 17 years of age or age 16 with 275 days with a driver education program.

Class 7: Instruction Driver's Permit 

A Class 7 driver’s license authorizes you to drive a motor vehicle, motorcycle or moped without the required Class license (5, 6 or 7) as long as you are receiving instruction for that motor vehicle and you are accompanied by another person who holds a valid driver’s license for at least 4 years of the class required for that vehicle. You must be 16 years old. For more information read Getting an Instruction Driver's Permit in PEI.

Class 8: Moped or motor-assisted pedal bicycle

A Class 8 driver’s license authorizes you to operate a moped or motor-assisted pedal bicycle. You must be at least 17 years of age or age 16 with 275 days with a driver education program.

Class 9: Farm tractor

A Class 9 driver’s license authorizes you to operate a farm tractor. You must be 14 years of age.

 

Published date: 
February 24, 2016
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