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Moving to a New Province? What You Need to Know About Drivers’ Licenses

(Update:  Post was updated with new contact information on September 25th)

You’ve decided to take the plunge and make a move from one province to another. Congratulations! 

Moving is an exciting, though sometimes overwhelming, process.

One of the things that is likely on your moving To Do list is updating your license.

Drivers’ licenses are a vital form of identification and need to reflect your current area of residence. Whether you’re moving across the country or in between New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, or Nova Scotia, make sure you take some time to update your license.   

Updating Your License When Moving to a New Province

When moving to a new province you will need to make sure your vehicle is registered in the province and your license reflects your new address. How do you go about doing this?

First, you will need to go to the DMV service office of your new province. There you will complete an application for a new license, in addition to surrendering your old license.

Next, you have to fill out a change of registration form. This can be done via mail.

There will be a fee to pay for processing the paperwork and issuing a new license and registration. During this process, it’s important to note that you will need to provide proof of insurance.

To update your auto insurance, you’ll need to provide proof of the following to your broker.

  • Driver’s license from the province you’re moving from
  • Current vehicle registration form
  • Proof of residence in your new 

Most provinces require more than one document pertaining to proof of residence. Your new license can be used, in addition to:

  • Utility bills
  • Cell phone bills
  • Rental agreement or mortgage document.

All documents must be originals not copies, and they need to have your new address on them.
It is important to note that each province has its own set of rules and regulations. Therefore, it would be prudent to take a few moments to contact the local DMV or check out their website for any specifics relevant to your new province.

Don’t Forget to Check on Your Auto Insurance Coverage

In the haste of trying to get everything ready before your moving day, there are some items on your To Do list that might fall through the cracks.

A lot of people forget about updating their driver’s license, while others forget to check on their auto insurance coverage.

Talk to your insurance broker to make sure you’re covered in your new city, and if you’re not, take the necessary steps before you make your big move.

With everything you have to do, keeping your ducks in a row is not always easy. But remember that there are plenty of resources to help – like our new eBooks about updating your driver’s license.

Make sure your license and insurance coverage are up-to-date and you’ll be one step closer to a successful move.

Are you moving to a new province soon? If so, you can find out more about driver’s license upgrade requirements by contacting our office or from our latest eBooks. We’re positive you’ll find them helpful.

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