Driver licensing

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New drivers or riders

If you're a new driver or have a teen who's about to start, professional driver training can help. 

Training for new drivers

Depending on your needs, you might choose

  • in-car lessons only,
  • in-car lessons combined with class instruction, or
  • an ICBC-approved course.

A professionally qualified instructor can help you get comfortable handling a vehicle-in all kinds of traffic and road conditions. They can help you learn driving skills, responsible attitudes, and prepare you for your road tests.

ICBC-approved driver training courses

An ICBC-approved driver training course engages new drivers in a fun, interactive way. It focuses on safe driving skills, preparing for road tests, and developing a responsible attitude behind the wheel.

ICBC-approved courses include:

  • at least 16 hours of in-class instruction
  • at least 12 hours instruction on the road

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Get six months off graduated licensing

Driver training can help get you your full licence sooner. If you take an ICBC -approved (GLP) driver training course, and are a safe driver with no at-fault crashes, driving violations or prohibitions, you could receive six months off your N stage. You could also get two high school credits.

Your approved driver training course must be completed within a one year period from start to finish while in the learner stage of GLP.

Motorcycle training

Professional riding lessons can help you or your teen learn safe riding skills. We recommend that anyone learning to ride a motorcycle get some professional rider training.

Types of training available

Licensed driving schools in B.C. offer a variety of lessons and courses, including

  • on-road lessons only
  • on-road lessons combined with in-class group instruction, and
  • the Motorcycle Skills Assessment (MSA) course.

A Motorcycle Skills Assessment course includes classroom and on-road instruction as well as your skills assessment. If you qualify, you may not have to take a motorcycle skills test at an ICBC office.

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