Community Legal Information Association of Prince Edward Island (CLIA PEI) - Legal Information for Youth

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Am I old enough?

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For more information on anything related to obtaining a driver's licence, contact the PEI Highway Safety Division.

Check out their website:

...visit one of their locations:

...or, call them:

For more information about off-highway vehicles call Highway Safety, Motor Vehicle Inspection office:

(902) 368-5219

To get an application form for the driving curfew exemption form, call PEI Transportation and Public Works:

(902) 368-5225

Drivers of all ages have a responsibility to drive with care and caution. A vehicle is a machine that, if used carelessly, can cause injury or death. There are special rules for young people that Islanders need to know.

Highway Vehicles

PEI has a Graduated Driver Licensing Program. This system gives new drivers the opportunity to get experience in lower risk situations before getting a full driver's license.

Beginner's License

To drive with a Beginner's License, you must:

  • pass a written test and an eye test;
  • have an adult with you who has held a valid driver's license for at least 4 years;
  • have only immediate family members of the person giving instruction in the car with you while you practice;
  • have an L decal on your windshield that the Highway Safety Division will give you.

If you are 16 or older, you can get a Beginner's Permit that allows you to practice driving under certain conditions.

You are eligible to take a driving test after having your Beginner's Permit for 365 days (one year). If you are in a Driver Education Program, the waiting period is 275 days. If you have not taken a Driver Education Program, you must complete a two-session Novice Driving Course before your driving test. You must pass a driving test to get your Driver's License.

Once you have your Driver's License, there are rules you must follow for the first two years. These rules include:

  • You may have only one passenger who is not immediate family in the car with you during the first year you have your license.
  • You cannot have any alcohol or drugs in your body.
  • You must show a G decal on your windshield that the Highway Safety Division will give you.
  • If you are under 21, you cannot drive between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. You can apply for an exemption from the driving curfew if you need to drive for work between these hours.
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It is illegal for anyone to use any hand-held electronic devices such as cell phones or music players while driving.

Off-Highway Vehicles

Off-highway vehicles include ATVs, dirt bikes, snowmobiles and farm tractors. You must possess a valid driver's license to cross a highway with any off-highway vehicle.

All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)

If you are 14 or 15, you must complete a training course and be supervised by an adult to operate an ATV.

If you are 16 or older, you can drive an ATV unsupervised if you have completed a training course or have had a valid driver's license for at least 2 years. If your license is suspended, you cannot drive an ATV.

Dirt Bikes

If you are under 14, you must be supervised by an adult and be in a competition or be preparing for a competition to operate a dirt bike.

If you are 14 or older, you can operate a dirt bike unsupervised if you have successfully completed a training course approved by the Registrar of Highway Safety.

Snowmobiles

If you are under 14, you must be supervised by an adult to operate a snowmobile. You must be 14 or older to operate a snowmobile unsupervised.

You must possess a valid driver's license to cross any highway while driving a snowmobile.

Farm Tractors

If you are 14, you can get an Instruction Permit or a Driver's License to operate a farm tractor. You cannot work with pesticides until you are 18.