Renew your driver's licence
You can't smile in your new driver's licence photo, but hopefully our friendly, efficient service will make you leave with one. Renewing is simple and easy—here's how.
When to renew
You can renew your licence
up to six months (180 days) before it expires. Renewing early won't shorten its validity.
Make sure to always check the expiry date on
your driver’s licence. It's illegal to drive with an expired licence—don't leave it till the last minute.
How to renew
What ID to bring?
Your current driver's licence and a credit card or bank card with your name and signature on it would typically qualify, unless you've recently
changed your name.
If you're in a rush, try to avoid our busiest times.
Best times for you to visit
Come early morning mid-week for your best chance to avoid waiting during peak times.
Check out the infographic to see
visitor traffic at our driver licensing offices.
If you are outside of B.C. at renewal time
Your licence must be renewed in person. If you'll be away when your licence expires, try to renew before you leave. Like your passport,
it’s important to hold a valid driver’s licence at all times when abroad or
when visiting the U.S., if you plan to do any driving.
You can renew it up to 180 days early—and you won't lose any time on your licence.
If you're outside of B.C. when your licence expires, or if renewing within 180 days early isn't enough, call our
driver licensing information line.
If your B.C. licence has been expired more than three years
If you've been driving with an out-of-province licence
If during the last three years you've been driving with an out-of-province licence, bring it with you to any B.C. driver licensing office. You'll be able to exchange the out of province licence and renew your B.C. licence by providing two pieces of
accepted ID and the
If you haven't been driving
If your licence expired over three years ago and you haven't been driving, you'll need to be retested before you can renew. You'll need to pass a road signs test, vision screening, and
re-examination road test.
Call us to book your road test.