Whether you're moving to B.C. (welcome!), leaving the province or just moving around the corner, here's what you need to know.
You have 30 days* to register, license and insure your vehicle after arriving in B.C.
You have 90 days to switch to a B.C. driver's licence.
*Commercial vehicles must be registered/licensed/insured immediately.
Before you can insure your vehicle in B.C., there are a few steps you need to take.
Learn more about importing a vehicle into B.C.
When you have the documents you need, visit any Autoplan broker. There are more than 900 offices in B.C. to help you.
You can find more information about moving to B.C. in our FAQs. You can talk to any Autoplan broker, or contact us. We'll be pleased to help!
Have you been driving claim-free for more than a year? If so, you may be eligible for a discount on your Autoplan insurance.
Insurance discount for new B.C. residents
If you're just driving in B.C. as a tourist, you can drive with your existing insurance for up to six months — as long as you have a valid out-of-province driver’s licence and your vehicle is properly licensed in your home jurisdiction.
You may be eligible for an exemption from licensing and insuring your vehicle in B.C. if:
you are a member of Canada's armed forces stationed in B.C. for training for up to six months OR
you are a student enrolled full-time at any one of B.C. post- secondary institutions and/or Government of Canada designated educational institutions AND
your vehicle is properly registered, licensed and insured in your home jurisdiction. You’ll need to apply within 30 days of arriving in B.C.
Contact ICBC’s specialty licensing department to request the exemption package (1-800-665-4336).
Contact your insurance provider and ask that a representative send a completed BC Financial Responsibility Certificate (MV23) to ICBC that verifies your ongoing coverage.
Start collecting the documentation you’ll need to send in with your application package:
An official letter of enrollment from your academic institution (stating you are a full-time student with the start and end date of school year or semester) or, for military personnel, a letter from your Commanding Officer indicating you’re on temporary assignment in B.C.
A copy of your vehicle registration and/or certificate of title showing the current expiry date.
Once you receive the exemption package, you’ll fill out these forms:
Application for Exemption from Autoplan Insurance (MV1520).
Combined Certificate of Registration of a Non-Resident Motor Vehicle and Insurance Certificate (APV97).
A credit card authorization form for $30 filing fee.
Mail the package (5 pieces of documentation) back to ICBC.
Once processed and approved, we’ll mail you your B.C. permit and decal.
Are you moving away from B.C., or working or studying outside the province for a while? Be sure you and your vehicle are still protected.
Contact an insurance agent or the motor vehicle authority in the place you're moving to. Some places require you to register, license and insure your vehicle as soon as you arrive there.
Before you leave B.C., go to any Autoplan broker to update your insurance.
Your Autoplan insurance policy must always show your current address and vehicle use. If it doesn't, you may not be covered if you have a claim.
You can easily apply for your driving records online. Once you’ve completed the application, you’ll receive an email with the reports free of charge.
There are lots of details to look after when you're moving, even if it's not a long distance. Remember to make your Autoplan insurance one of your to-do items.
You must update your address within 30 days of moving. If your policy isn't up-to-date, you might not be covered if you have a claim. Your Autoplan insurance policy must always show your current home address and vehicle use.
You can update your address at any Autoplan broker.
If you're temporarily relocating to study or work (or any other reason), you probably need to update your insurance. Talk to your Autoplan broker, or contact us if you have questions.
If your policy information isn't up to date, you might not be covered if you have a claim.
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