Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC
Newfoundland and Labrador allowed Ukrainian immigrants to exchange their Ukrainian drivers' licenses
The government of Newfoundland and Labrador introduced on June 10, 2022 about an amendment to motor vehicle regulations of the province to allow for the quick exchange of a Ukrainian driver’s licence for a provincial one.
Ukrainian newcomers will also be eligible for competitive automobile insurance rates that will allow them to secure jobs faster, ensuring their long-term stay in the province. Ukrainian newcomers can exchange their Class 5 driver's licenses at any Motor Registration Division office, provided they bring:
A Ukrainian driver’s licence
Proof that they are at least 17 years of age and
Proof that their driver’s licence is not suspended, cancelled, revoked, or expired more than five years (driving history record)
New residents may use any valid foreign driver's license for the first three months of residency, after which, they must apply for a Newfoundland and Labrador driver's license and take the test.
In the meantime, class 5 licenses are exempt from examination requirements. However, Registrars could exchange other licences in the future, but more information and assessment is needed.
To ensure compliance with the National Safety Code, commercial driver's license holders who meet the medical requirements will be tested.