Driver's licence in Canada
In Canada, driver's licences are issued by the government of the province or territory in which the driver is residing. Thus, specific regulations relating to driver's licences vary province to province, though overall they are quite similar. All provinces have provisions allowing non-residents to use licences issued by other provinces and territories, out-of-country licences, and International Driving Permits.
Many provinces also allow non-residents to use regular licences issued by other nations and countries. Canadian driver's licences are also valid in many other countries due to various international agreements and treaties.
Canada's driving age is determined on a province-by-province basis. The age to begin learning is 16 in most provinces. The notable exception is Alberta, where a Learner's Permit may be obtained at 14 years of age.
Before 1994, South Africa had only 4 provinces: Natal Province, Cape Province, Orange Free State and Transvaal. Each province with its own identifying lettering. Natal - N, Cape - C, Orange Free State - O and Transvaal - T.
The driving age in the various Canadian provinces is:
British Columbia has been using a graduated licensing system since August 1998. The program was last revised in October 2003, which involved large changes in the time it took to acquire a licence (previously, a person could complete the Class 7L stage in as little as 3 months, and the Class 7N in 12, and no passenger limit was enforced above Class 7L).
Except for people holding a valid driver's licence from other Canadian jurisdictions, Austria, Australia, France, Germany, Guernsey, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States, British Columbia requires all new residents to take a driving knowledge test and a road test in order to get a BC driver's licence.
Level 1 – Learners licence authorizes a person who is receiving instructions in the operation of a motor vehicle to drive a motor vehicle. Level 2 - authorizes the holder to drive vehicles described in Class 5 with the exception of class 9 (motor driven cycles).