Getting a Drivers License

All drivers in British Columbia must have a valid (legal) driver’s licence. If you are a new B.C. resident, and have a valid driver’s licence from your country or from another province of Canada, you can drive in B.C. for 90 days.

You must apply for a B.C. licence within 90 days. If you hold an International Driving Permit, you must also carry the accompanying foreign licence.

If you have a licence from the United States, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, South Korea or another province of Canada, you may not need to take the knowledge test or road test. You can apply for a B.C. licence right away. If your driver’s licence is from anywhere else, you will need to take a knowledge test and a road test.

Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) driver licensing offices have free books you can study for the knowledge test (English only). Knowledge tests are available in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Croatian, English, Farsi (Persian), French, Punjabi, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese and Vietnamese.  If you have never had a driver’s licence before, you will have to go through B.C.’s Graduated Licensing Program.

You must not drive a car without insurance.

NEW for 2013:  If you are getting a new BC licence, or are renewing your licence, you will now have a combined single card for both your BC driver’s licence and BC Medical Services Plan health card.  For more information, please see:    BC Drivers Licence and Services Card

At WelcomeBC – licence you will find full details on:

  • BC Driver’s Licence
  • Applying for a Driver’s Licence
  • Knowledge test
  • Graduated Licensing Program
  • Road test
  • Registration and Insurance

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