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​Get your B.C. driver’s licence with your Department of National Defence licence

Retired and active Canadian Armed Forces members who hold, or have held, a Department of National Defence driver’s licence (known as DND 404) can have testing requirements waived for the equivalent B.C. licences.

All members must still meet B.C.'s identification, vision, and medical standards, and pay all applicable licensing fees. Your DND 404 licence is eligible for the following equivalent B.C. licences:

  • Class 5 or 7 or

  • Commercial class 1, 2, 3 or 4*

If you no longer hold a DND 404 licence, you may be eligible provided that your DND 404 was in good standing at the time of surrender.

How to waive testing requirements

You must be an active member or have been retired for less than three years. Contact your DND Road Safety Representative at your current or former base, who will help you obtain the three required documents:

  • cover letter,

  • an application form and

  • the proficiency record.

Bring the completed documents to an ICBC driver licensing office to have the application reviewed and processed. If you hold a DND 404 licence at the time of application, you don't need to surrender it.

*If you're looking to get a commercial class B.C. licence, you'll receive a Driver Medical Examination form. You'll have 45 days to complete and submit the form. 

If you wish to upgrade to a commercial class licence that is not equivalent to your DND 404 licence, you'll need to take additional testing and provide a driving record.

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