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Licensing & Laws

Driving is a privilege, not a right. To earn this privileged – and keep it- drivers are required to be licensed by their provincial or territorial licensing authority and obey traffic laws.

Licensing Authorities

In Canada, issuing drivers’ licenses is a provincial/territorial responsibility.For more information on licensing where you live, visit the website of your provincial or territorial licensing authority/ click on your province:

Yukon Highways and Public Works

Northwest Territories Transportation

Government of Nunavut

Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC)

Service Alberta

Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI)

Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI)

Ontario Ministry of Transportation

Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec

New Brunswick Department of Public Safety

Prince Edward Island Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal

Nova Scotia Registry of Motor Vehicles

Services Newfoundland and Labrador


While each province and territory has its own traffic laws, they are similar across Canada. Police enforce laws related to:

  • Seat belt use
  • Cell phone use
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Speeding
  • Driver’s license restrictions


Breaking these laws can lead to fines and license suspensions-including losing your license outright. If required by police to pull over, be sure to:

  • Immediately pull over to a safe location
  • Present your driver’s license, vehicle registration and insurance
  • Cooperate and be respectful
  • Talk to your parent about what happened

If you are accused of a serious traffic law violation, you may be required to appear in court. Traffic law violations involving teens are dealt with seriously and could lead to:

  • Fines
  • Lawyer’s fees and other court costs
  • Insurance rate increases
  • Suspended or revoked driving privileges
  • A criminal record

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