If your licence or driving record is in a language other than English, they must be translated by an
ICBC approved translator or consulate located in B.C. The fees and services vary for each translator. Please contact them for more information.
An international driving permit may be used as a translation of the licence it represents. Our staff will determine if it's acceptable.
Choosing the right translator
Not all translators are able to translate in both directions (for example, from English to Arabic, and from Arabic to English). Please ensure that the translator is approved to translate in the direction required.
Giving up your previous licence
When you qualify for your new B.C. driver's licence, you’ll need to surrender your previous licence to ICBC. B.C. law requires that you only have one driver's licence.
Just visiting or going to school?
If you're just visiting here up to six months or you're a full time student at a designated institution you may not have to switch your licence. For more information, see our
If you have questions, don’t hesitate to
contact us. It could save you an extra trip to the driver licensing office.