Passenger vehicle licence
To get a B.C. driver's licence, new drivers need to go through our graduated licensing program.
To qualify for a learner's (Class 7L) licence, you must:
- be 16 or older, and
- pass a knowledge test and a vision screening test at a driver licensing office.
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Your parent or a legal guardian must give consent for your application if you're under 19.
Taking your knowledge test »
After passing the knowledge test and meeting all application requirements, you'll get a Class 7 learner’s licence that's valid for two years.
You will have your learner’s (L) for at least 12 months. During this time, you must drive with a qualified supervisor and follow other L restrictions.
For tips on driving during the learner stage, read Tuning up for Drivers.
More on the L stage »
Class 7 road test
After 12 months in the learner’s stage, you may take your Class 7 road test.
More on the Class 7 road test »
When you pass the Class 7 road test, you'll be issued a Class 7 novice (N) licence. You will need to display an N sign and follow other N-stage restrictions.
The novice stage lasts at least 24 months.
More on the N stage »
Class 5 road test
After 24 months in the novice stage, you may take the second road test—the Class 5 road test. Take the test when you feel ready.
Once you pass, you'll get your full-privilege, Class 5 driver's licence.