Upgrade a driver's licence

Available in-person only

  1. Book, take and pass a written examination (must have a full Class 5 driver’s licence and at least 18-years-old). If planning to drive a vehicle with air brakes: Schedule, take, and pass an air brake examination.
  2. Pass a vision test. 
  3. Provide a driver's medical report from your doctor (only required for Class 1, 2, 3 and 4 licences).
  4. Schedule, take, and pass a practical examination. 
  5. Purchase a licence at any driver and vehicle office.
You will be given a temporary licence that’s valid for 60 days or until your licence card comes in the mail within four to six weeks. Destroy and discard your temporary card once you have received the licence card by mail. If you haven’t received the new one by the time the temporary license expires, please attend an issuing office or email dmv@gov.nt.ca for more information.


  • Licence upgrade fee: $31.00 (seniors 60+: $16.00)

Licence downgrade fee: $31.00
Licence downgrade fee (SENIORS 60+): $16.00