So you want your licence, b’y? First, you’ve got to be 16 years old, and if you’re under 19 years old, you also need a parental or guardian consent form. Then, after passing a vision test, a written test, and a “balance test,” you’re issued your Class 6, Level I licence (Learner).
Your Class I is valid for two years, and you must hold it at least one year before moving to your Class II (Novice), unless you complete an approved motorcycle driver education program, which lowers the wait to eight months.
With your Class I, you are not permitted to have a passenger, you are not allowed to ride after dark, you cannot ride on highways where the speed limit exceeds 80 km/h, and you must have a 0% blood alcohol level. You must also be accompanied by someone who’s held a Class 6 licence for four years. They can be in a car or on a bike, and they must also have a 0% blood alcohol content level.
Once you pass a road test and move to the Class II licence, the restrictions ease a little — you still can’t ride between midnight and 5 AM, and you must have a 0% blood alcohol content level, but the other rules are lifted. You must hold a Class II licence for 12 months before you are granted an unrestricted Class 6 licence.
For more details on Newfoundland’s licencing system, click here.