Highways and Public Works

Motor Vehicles

Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL)

Get your driver’s licence

A Yukon driver’s licence costs $50. Once purchased, a Yukon driver’s licence is valid for five years.

New driver (Graduated Driver Licensing Program)

In order to obtain a Yukon driver’s licence for the first time, you must:

  • Be at least 15 years of age (15 to 18 with parental accompaniment);
  • Provide valid ID;
  • Pass a sign and knowledge test; and
  • Pass an eye exam.

In order to become a fully licensed driver, you will have to complete the GDL program. This program consists of three stages:

1. Learner;
2. Novice;
3. Full Licence.

For information relating to motorcycle licensing contact your nearest Motor Vehicles office.

Learner stage

To complete the learner stage, you must:

1. Provide valid ID and prove Yukon residency.

To get a driver’s licence, you must show acceptable identity and residency documents. In order to prove your identity you will need to present documentation that confirms your: full legal name, date of birth, photo, signature and legal presence in Canada. More than one document may be required in order to confirm all identity elements.

Full listing of accepted identification and residency documents

If you are under 18…

If you are under age 18, a parent or legal guardian must accompany you when you get your driver’s licence.

Both you and your parent or guardian must provide proof of identity and Yukon residency. Parents may withdraw their approval by returning the driver’s licence to Motor Vehicles.

2. Written test

Study the Yukon Driver’s Basic Handbook to become familiar with the knowledge you’ll need to pass your test. Come to the nearest Motor Vehicles office once you’re ready to take your test.

The fee for a written test is $20. Don’t worry—if you fail your first test, you can retake the test the following day (the fee applies each time you take the test).

3. Take a vision test

When you apply for your licence, your vision will be checked to make sure you can see well enough to drive safely. You may need to have further vision testing by an optometrist or ophthalmologist if you don’t pass the vision screening.

If you need to wear glasses or contact lenses when you drive, this restriction will be shown on your licence.

4. Passed all the tests

Once you passed your written and vision tests, you will receive a learner’s licence and a package that contains relevant information including your "L" sign.

5. Complete 50 hours of driving

You will be in the learner’s stage for at least six months. During this time, you
(with a co-driver) are required to attain 50 hours of driving practice.

During your practice sessions, we strongly recommend you drive in a variety of traffic and weather situations, such as highway and urban driving, night time and winter driving. You may only drive between 5 am and midnight. You and your co-driver must have
0% alcohol or drugs in your body.

Every time you drive, you must have the "L" sign clearly displayed on the back of your car.

Learner’s licence driving restrictions

  • Zero tolerance for alcohol or drug use by the driver.
  • Zero tolerance for alcohol or drug use by the co-driver.
  • Driver may not use hand-held or hands-free electronic devices, including cell phones and Bluetooth, while driving.
  • Must be accompanied by a co-driver (who has held a valid minimum class 5 licence for at least two years).
  • Limited to operating passenger vehicles (includes car, trucks and vans up to
    4,000 kg) and not exceeding a seven-person capacity.
  • No passengers are allowed in the box of a truck.
  • Not permitted to tow a trailer.

Restrictions on passengers

You are permitted to carry one passenger in addition to the co-driver, unless the passengers are immediate family members. Immediate family members are defined as parent, grandparent, brother, sister or child.

Everyone must wear a seat belt and the total number in the vehicle must not exceed
7 people.

Novice Stage

1. Pass the road test

In order to pass your road test, you must be at least 16 years old and have had your learner’s licence for six months. You must also have accumulated 50 hours of driving time.

The road test usually takes less than 1 hour. You must provide a safe vehicle with valid insurance and registration for the test.

The test will cover safe driving maneuvers such as:

  • using intersections (driving through, turning right, turning left);
  • backing up;
  • entering traffic;
  • pulling over and stopping on the side of the road;
  • changing lanes;
  • parking on a hill;
  • starting on a hill;
  • angle parking;
  • parallel parking;
  • stall parking (driving forward and backing up);
  • two- and three-point turns;
  • merging on and off a highway; and 
  • general driving (such as driving straight, driving on hills and curves). 

Contact your nearest Motor Vehicles office to book a road test. Road tests cost $20 each time you take a test. Road testing is available by appointment in Whitehorse and surrounding communities.

If you live in a community outside Whitehorse, please contact your local Motor Vehicles office to inquire about the availability of road tests in your community.

2. Adhere to Novice stage restrictions and conditions

You must hold a novice licence for at least 18 months in a row without any violations of the program restrictions. Novice licence allows you to drive without a co-driver between
5 a.m. and midnight. After midnight, you still require a valid co-driver.

It differs from the full licence in that it includes the following restrictions and conditions:

  • Zero tolerance for alcohol or drug use by the driver;
  • Zero tolerance for alcohol or drug use by the co-driver when accompanying the driver between midnight and 5 a.m.;
  • Must be accompanied by a co-driver (who has held a valid minimum class 5 licence for at least two years) between midnight and 5 a.m.;
  • Driver may not use hand-held or hands-free electronic devices, including cell phones and Bluetooth, while driving;
  • Co-driver restriction may not apply to a driver who has been approved for a midnight work travel exemption by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles. Please contact Motor Vehicles office for more information;
  • Limited to operating passenger vehicles (includes car, trucks and vans up to
    4,000 kg) and not exceeding a nine-person capacity;
  • No passengers are allowed in the box of a truck;
  • Not permitted to tow trailer.

Full licence

After you have held your novice licence for at least 18 months in a row while observing all of the program conditions, you must apply for a full licence at any Motor Vehicles office in Yukon.

If you have any questions regarding licensing and/or vehicle registration, or would like to contact any of our 11 offices, click here.

Contact Graduated Driver Licensing Coordinator

 

Monday to Friday 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Telephone:  (867) 667-5315 or 1-800-661-0408 local 5315 (toll free within Yukon)

Fax:  (867) 393-6220

E-mail:  motor.vehicles@gov.yk.ca