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Here are a few additional topics to help you use DIAS more effectively, including information about error messages and report codes.

The Driver Insurance Abstract Service (DIAS) works just fine without having Javascript enabled, but it could take you longer to do your searches. With Javascript enabled, when you enter data that is not properly formatted (e.g. not enough characters for a given field), you will receive immediately a pop-up message indicating the data entry mistake. This gives you the chance to correct the mistake before submitting your search request. As an added benefit, it allows for colours to be properly displayed, which makes for a more æsthetically-pleasing interface.

The Registry of Motor Vehicles uses codes to indicate license class and endorsements. These codes appear on the driver's licence and are client-specific. For your convenience, the statement associated with each code is listed in the tables below.

License Class 

License ClassDescription
1Semi & tractor trailer
2Bus (>24 passengers)
3Single vehicle or combination (>14,000 kg)
4Bus (<24 passengers) taxi ambulance
5Single vehicle or combination (<l4,000 kg)
8Farm tractor


AAny motorcycle
BSchool bus
CSchool bus & motorcycle
DMotorcycle (100cc or less)
ESchool bus & motorcycle (100cc or less)


Nova Scotia Electronic Driver Insurance Abstract Service

Bulletin – September 2004

The Department of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations - Registry of Motor Vehicles has recently made some minor enhancements to our electronic Driver Insurance Abstract service. The enhancements mainly concern maintenance changes to existing electronic abstract functionality, but also include changes we have made in response to client requests from insurance companies who use the service.

Suspension Re-instatement Information

Improved level of information is now provided for suspension records, including indication of suspension re-instatements and date of re-instatement where applicable.

Traffic Accident Description Detail

Additional detail in descriptions for traffic accident information which will reveal more complete information regarding city and county location of the accident, where available.

Conviction Description Detail

Additional detail in descriptions for out of province convictions which should assist in the identification of motor vehicle act violations in non-NS jurisdictions for NS drivers

Date First Licensed

The date an individual was first licensed as a driver by the Registry of Motor Vehicles is now provided for drivers licensed after 1989. No indication is provided for drivers licensed before 1989. In addition, it should be noted that drivers who subsequently let their license lapse and then re-apply for licensed status will have their original date of license reflected on the electronic driver insurance abstract


Note 1:

The above changes may not be immediately available  to insurance companies who obtain their Driver Insurance Abstracts through CGI. Further enhancements are planned by CGI to extend these changes to their various clients. Further information is available from John McNally, Insurance Information Services, CGI at (905) 771-5350

Note 2:

The above changes affect only the electronic Driver Insurance Abstract service. No changes have been made to the driver insurance abstracts made available from Registry of Motor Vehicle offices. If you require additional detail regarding the above changes, please contact Steven Feindel, Director e-Service, Service Nova Scotia at feindesj@gov.ns.ca or (902) 424-22


Bulletin -- 30 March 2000

Since implementation of the new Nova Scotia Driver Insurance Abstract Service (DIAS) on March 1, 2000, the ACOL Client Support Centre and staff from the Registry of Motor Vehicles have responded to several inquiries regarding the contents of driver abstracts under the new service. These include:

  • License Status of DENIED
  • Reference Numbers for Accident Information
  • Demerit Point Notations for Motor Vehicle Convictions
  • Suspension Notations

Clarification on each of these items is provided below. If there are other questions or comments on any other items not identified in this bulletin, please contact the ACOL Client Support Centre.

Note: For those companies using the services of CGI to provide driver abstract information, please contact the CGI Help Desk at 1-905-814-4633 for assistance.

License Status of Denied

A license status of "DENIED" has been appearing on some Driver Abstracts since March 1, 2000. This status indicates that the driver has a business matter outstanding with the Nova Scotia Registry of Motor Vehicles (e.g. outstanding fees or fines). The individual’s license status is considered "ACTIVE" by the Registry in all other respects.

To avoid confusion on this mater in the future, the status of "DENIED" will no longer appear on the Driver Abstract, but will show the status of "Active" in appropriate cases.

Reference Numbers for Accident Information

The descriptive information provided with accident information on a Driver Abstract includes reference information which can assist staff from the Registry of Motor Vehicles locate supplemental information. Effective immediately, this reference information will be the Case Number assigned to the accident or notation.

Demerit Point Notations for Motor Vehicle Convictions

Demerit Points related to convictions under the Motor Vehicle Act on an individual’s driving record apply for a period of two years, at which point they are no longer counted towards their driving record or accumulated points total. Since March 1, 2000 some Driver Abstracts have shown these point totals past the two year period.

To avoid confusion on this matter in the future, Demerit Points relating to convictions will no longer be shown on a Driver Abstract once the two year period has expired.

Suspension Notations

Prior to March 1, 2000 a notation appeared on Driver Abstracts when a license was re-instated after a suspension.

The License Status for an individual should be referred to in order to determine whether a license has been suspended. Drivers who have been re-instated will show a status of "ACTIVE". Details of their suspension will be provided in within the body of the Driver Abstract.

Other Information

You should be aware that the format and content of Driver Abstracts issued from a Registry of Motor Vehicle office have not changed. Any copies of Driver Abstracts obtained from Registry offices will be continue to be printed on official Registry letterhead.