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Proving your driving experience

When applying for your B.C. licence, you’ll need to prove your previous driving experience.

Accepted documents to prove your driving experience

When proving your previous driving experience, we strongly recommend that you bring either

The document must be original. It cannot be photocopied or printed off the internet.

If you have it, also bring your

Note: In some cases we can just rely on your driver’s licence—but it’s not guaranteed. For example, if your licence was issued less than two years ago, and you’re looking to prove two years of experience to exchange your licence, your driver’s licence might not be sufficient.

Requesting your documents

To get an official driving record or letter of experience, contact the issuer of your driver's licence. We strongly recommend doing this prior to moving to B.C.

What your driving record or letter of experience must include

Make sure your record or letter includes the following:

Requirements Driving Record Letter of experience
Original copy—not photocopied or printed off the internet X X
Make sure it includes
  • the name, address and phone number of the driver’s licensing authority in your province or territory
  • your name and birth date
  • your driver’s licence number (or other unique identifier)
  • class of licence(s) held, and
  • either the date(s) your licence(s) were originally issued, or the amount of time you have held a licence (if you need to show two years’ experience, ensure that it notes this).
Get it signed by the licensing authority Not required X