Get your commercial driver's licence
Before applying for a commercial licence, make sure that you meet the requirements.
- 19 for a Class 1, 2 or 4 licence
- 18 for a Class 3 licence or heavy trailer endorsement
- A full-privilege B.C. driver's licence (Class 5 or 6) or an out-of-province equivalent.
- If you're new to Canada, see moving to B.C.
- A driving record (PDF) with less than four penalty point incidents in the past two years, plus
- no driving-related criminal convictions within the past three years.
|Fines and debts
- All fines and debts owing to ICBC must be paid.
Certain medical conditions may prevent you from getting a commercial licence. These include, but are not limited to:
- Brain hemorrhage
- Parkinson's disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Certain heart conditions
- High blood pressure
- Certain diabetic conditions
||If you're an amputee or have another physical disability that may affect your driving ability, you might need a prosthetic device or specific vehicle modification to help you qualify.
Steps to get a commercial driver's licence
To get your licence, you'll need to get a learner's licence before taking your road test for a full-privilege licence.
Get your learner's licence
To get your learner's licence you'll need to pass a:
- knowledge test
- road signs test and
- meet medical standards.
If you'll be driving with air brakes, you'll also have to take the air brake knowledge test.
Get your learner's licence
Get your full licence
To get your full licence, you'll need to pass a commercial road test, which includes a:
- pre-trip inspection test (including air brakes if applicable)
- road test, and
- driver's medical exam
Get your full licence
Get your commercial learner's licence
To get your learner's licence you'll need to study and pass a knowledge test. You might also need to pass an air brake knowledge test if applicable.
Once you get your learner's licence, it's valid for one year, and can be renewed by taking and re-passing the knowledge test.
Step 1: Study
The beginning of the guide explains which chapters to study for your licence type.
Step 2: Take your test(s)
*Tests not available at Burnaby Metrotown, Cloverdale, Richmond Ironwood Plaza, and Surrey Guilford.
Please note we may not be able to accommodate all tests near the end of the day.
Bring with you:
Tip: If you take your knowledge test for a commercial licence and air brake at the same time, you'll only be charged a single fee.
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About the commercial knowledge test
The commercial knowledge test is multiple choice. To pass, you'll need to get 28 out of 35 questions correct.
The test is offered in English. Translators are not allowed.
Commercial air brake knowledge test
Before taking the air brake knowledge test:
- pass an air brake course or
- ensure you have acceptable proof of air brake experience.
You can attempt the air brake knowledge test three times. If you're not successful, you'll need to re-do part of the air brake course.
What to expect at the driver licensing office
First, staff at the driver licensing office will check that you meet all licensing requirements.
Then, they'll check your vision and ask you questions about your medical health. You'll need to disclose any known medical conditions that may affect your driving. This may also need to be reviewed by the Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles (OSMV) before receiving your learner's licence.
After these checks, you'll take your knowledge test(s).
Get your full-privilege commercial licence
To get your full-privilege commercial licence, you'll need to pass a road test and driver medical exam. There's no rush to take the test—make sure you've practiced with learner's licence and take it when you feel ready.
Step 1: Practice driving
To get ready for your road test:
Step 2: Book your road test
Step 3: Take your road test
When you arrive for your road test, you'll first complete an application form.
The road test will consist of:
- a pre-trip inspection test
- a pre-trip air brake test, if applicable, and
- the road test.
Bring an appropriate vehicle for your road test, and any items necessary for the pre-trip test. If your vehicle has air brakes, bring the tools and equipment required for an air brake adjustment.
For more information, see driving commercial vehicles.
After passing the tests, you'll need to:
You'll also receive a driver medical examination form to have completed by a doctor.
Learn more about the commercial driver road test.
Prepare for your road test
The commercial driver road test is broken up into two pieces--the pre-trip inspection test and the actual road test. The tests are taken on the same day.
Pre-trip inspection test
For this portion of the test, your driver examiner will ask you demonstrate a typical pre-inspection. During the pre-trip you'll explain to your driver examiner in detail what you're checking and testing in each part of the vehicle. You'll be asked when you'd typically conduct these tests as a commercial driver.
If you are applying for a Class 1, 2, 3 or 4 unrestricted commercial licence, you must also complete and submit a written trip-inspection report.
Tip: If you're not successful on the pre-trip inspection test but pass the road test, you only have to re-take the pre-trip inspection. (You will need to pay the pre-trip test fee again.)
Commercial driver road test
Your driver examiner will be looking for how well you demonstrate your commercial driving skills.
Your examiner will ask you to:
- start and stop
- shift gears
- turn, steer, back up and park
- merge with highway traffic and exit from highways, and
- drive in traffic.
Class 1 only: You'll also need to couple and uncouple a tractor unit from a trailer.