Yes, as of my last update in January 2022, in New Brunswick, you are allowed to drive on a foreign license under certain conditions. Here are the specifics:
- Tourists and Temporary Residents: If you are a tourist or a temporary resident in New Brunswick, you can drive on a valid foreign driver’s license for up to 90 days without needing to get a local license.
- Permanent Residents and Immigrants: If you are moving to New Brunswick as a permanent resident or immigrant, you can also drive on your valid foreign driver’s license initially. However, you are required to apply for a New Brunswick driver’s license within a certain timeframe after establishing residency. The exact time can vary, but it’s generally advisable to obtain a New Brunswick license as soon as possible.
- License Exchange: Some countries have reciprocal agreements with New Brunswick, allowing for a direct exchange of a foreign driver’s license for a New Brunswick license without taking a road test. You’d still need to pass an eye test and meet other requirements. The countries and regions with such agreements can change, so it’s crucial to check with Service New Brunswick or another relevant authority for the current list.
- Language: If your foreign driver’s license is not in English or French (the two official languages of New Brunswick), it’s recommended to carry an International Driving Permit (IDP) or a certified translation of your license.
Remember, laws and regulations can change over time. Therefore, if you plan to drive in New Brunswick with a foreign license, it’s always a good idea to check the most recent guidelines with Service New Brunswick or the local motor vehicle department to ensure you’re compliant.