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Motor Vehicle Inspection Tester Licence

Who Needs This Licence?
  Any person in Nova Scotia who wants to participate in the N.S. Motor Vehicle Inspection Program requires a Tester Licence.

Note: This licence is only issued to employees of a licensed Motor Vehicle Inspection Station.  Licence holders must have certification in one of the following trades to conduct inspections on passenger or light commercial vehicles:

1) Automotive Service Technician; or
2) Service Station Mechanic.
Issuing Department / Agency:
  Service Nova Scotia
Where can you get this Licence and / or further information?
  Phone 902-424-5851 or if calling long distance, 
call 1-800-898-7668 (toll-free)

All Service (Including RMV):
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Extended hours for Registry of Motor Vehicles Services:
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm

  Visit Access Nova Scotia:  Halifax Location
300 Horseshoe Lake Drive
Bayers Lake Business Park
Halifax, NS
B3S 0B7

Access Nova Scotia:  Dartmouth Location
250 Baker Drive
Russell Lake West
Dartmouth, NS  B2W 6A3

  E-mail Send us an e-mail through our online enquiry form .
  Write: Service Nova Scotia
PO Box 1652
Halifax, NS  B3J 2Z3
Application Forms & Process:

Initial contact should be made with staff in either of the two above offices, in writing or in person or by phone.

Along with the application, you must submit the proper Certificate of Qualification, from the Department of Education, for the classes of vehicles to be tested.

Waiting Period:
  10 business days
Provided that all the items that must accompany the application have been received
(Please allow several extra days for mail delivery.)
Expiry & Renewal:
  This licence is valid until December 31 of the calendar year in which it is issued.  It is renewable; the Department will send out a renewal notice  before it expires.
Price:  (No tax is charged)

Initial Application and Annual Renewal: $11.70

Related Requirements:
  A holder of a Heavy Commercial Tester Licence requires one of the following Trade Apprenticeship Certificates of Qualification in the automotive repair trade (mechanical) through the N.S. Department of Education:

1)  Motor Vehicle Repair: Truck Transport;
2)  Motor Vehicle Repair: Bus and Transport.
Additional Information:
  The applicant must provide the Department with the Certificate of Qualification from the Department of Education that pertains to the type of vehicles they will be testing.
Legislative Authority:
  Motor Vehicle Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, Chapter 293, Section 201

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