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How to get your vehicle insured
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 also visit any Autoplan broker or contact our customer service department who will 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 ICBC Autoplan insurance.
Insurance discount for new B.C. residents »
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.
Find out the rules in your new location
Contact an insurance agent or the motor vehicle authority in the place you're moving to. Some places require you to register, licence and insure your vehicle as soon as you arrive there.
Visit your Autoplan broker
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.
Get your driving record and claims history
To get your driving record, visit a driver licensing office, or contact us. See Your driving record for details.
For a copy of your claim record, contact us (general enquiries number). Please have your contact information ready.
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.
Updating your insurance
Your Autoplan insurance policy must always show your current address (location) and vehicle use. If your policy isn’t up-to-date, you might not be covered if you have a claim.
Before you move, be sure to update your insurance. You can do this at any Autoplan broker.
If you're temporarily relocating to study or work (or any other reason), you probably need to update your insurance.
Important: If your policy information isn't up to date, you might not be covered if you have a claim.
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.
If you're a student from outside B.C. and enrolled full-time at a recognized B.C. educational institution, or if you're a member of the armed forces on temporary (six months or less) assignment in B.C. for training:
- you don't need to get a B.C. driver's licence, provided your out-of-province driver's licence is valid, and
- you may apply to be exempted from B.C. vehicle registration and licensing rules, as long as your vehicle is properly registered, licensed and insured in your home jurisdiction.
Apply for the exemption
To apply for an exemption permit and windshield sticker, contact us:
- B.C. Lower Mainland: 604-443-4624
- Toll free: 1-800-665-4336
You need to apply within 30 days of arriving in B.C.
Once you receive the exemption, whenever you're driving here:
- Carry the permit, plus your driver's licence and proof of vehicle registration, and
- Have the windshield sticker affixed to the lower right corner of your windshield.