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Moving to NOVA SCOTIA?  How To Change Your Registration And Driver’s License

Welcome to Nova Scotia, we are so glad that you decided to relocate to our wonderful province. As a local Insurance Broker we are often asked about getting your vehicle registered and obtaining a Nova Scotia Driver’s license. 

“BEFORE YOU GO TO THE ACCESS NOVA SCOTIA LOCATION, BE SURE TO SPEAK WITH YOUR BROKER TO ENSURE THAT YOU WILL HAVE AUTO INSURANCE COVERAGE”

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We have prepared this post to provide you with the necessary steps in obtaining these important documents, while ensuring that you do not spend more time than is required at the local DMV. 

What should you bring? In speaking with one of the staff of the Service Nova Scotia Team they advised that you should have the following information with you:

  • Driver’s License from the province that you are leaving.
  • Current Motor Vehicle registration form, for the vehicle you will be driving in Nova Scotia.
  • Proof of Residence in Nova Scotia:
    • We recommend that you review the below link in detail prior to arriving at Service Nova Scotia location. You must satisfy the THREE (3) Identification requirements.
    • One key point is that the documents MUST be original (or certified true copy by the issuing agency or Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Before you go to the Service Nova Scotia location, be sure to speak with your broker to ensure that you will have Auto Insurance Coverage the day you plan on changing the registration of the vehicle. At Higgins Insurance we can take care of this for you by getting your policy prepared in advance of your arrival to Nova Scotia. Then, it is as simple as letting us know what day you will be going to the DMV, and confirming that you have a copy of your “Pink Card”.

The challenges people and families face when they move to a new province can be overwhelming. This white paper was written to help you navigate the governmental processes, and hopefully provide you some peace of mind. We would encourage you to call your local Service Nova Scotia office prior to going to the office should you have any further questions. They can be reached at 1-800-670-4357.


Once you are at the Service Nova Scotia Office you will need to:  

Complete the application for your Nova Scotia Driver’s license. This must be done in person at the local Service New Brunswick Office. Upon completion of the application you will need to surrender your old driver’s license to SNS. 

Change the registration of the vehicle(s) to the province of Nova Scotia. The application can be completed prior to your arrival, and a link is below for your convenience. 

As mentioned earlier, you MUST display proof of insurance for your vehicle in Nova Scotia. A fax copy, digital copy or hard copy will satisfy the Agent at Service Nova Scotia. 

For Payment – Visa, Master Card, Debit or Cash are all accepted.

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HIGGINS INSURANCE WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1993 IN ROTHESAY, NB.
TODAY WE ARE PROUD TO SERVE CLIENTS
IN ALL THREE MARITIME PROVINCES FOR THEIR
PERSONAL AND BUSINESS INSURANCE NEEDS. 
 

Adrian Adams, CFP BA
C.C.E.O. – Chief Customer Experience Officer
Higgins Insurance
28 Pettingill Road,
Quispamsis NB
E2E 3R6
www.higginsinsurance.ca
​info@higginsinsurance.ca

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