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Get your L

Get your L

To get your L you’ll need to get 40 out of 50 questions right on a multiple-choice knowledge test.

Passing it ensures you understand the rules of the road. It also means you’ve started thinking about safe driving behaviours before you start driving with a supervisor.

Prepare for your knowledge test

We have lots of resources to help you prepare. If you study, watch our video, and practice some questions at home, you should have a really good chance of passing. And don’t worry, if you don’t get your L on your first try, you can always take the test again the next day. (There’s a fee each time.)

Read and study Learn to Drive Smart

Learn to Drive Smart is like a textbook for your knowledge test. It has all of the info you need. You can read it online, on our app, print out chapters or pick up a copy at any driver licensing office.

Take the online practice knowledge test

After you’ve read and studied Learn to Drive Smart, you’re ready to take the online practice knowledge test.  It’s based on the real test, but the questions are a little different. (We can’t give away all our answers!)

If you’re an Apple user, download the free Learn to Drive Smart appexternal link from the app store (sorry, no Android or Blackberry). Take the practice test on the go and challenge your friends (or even your parents).

Take the road signs practice test

Know your signs! Almost one in five questions on your knowledge test will be about road signs.  We have put every single one of them on our road signs practice test. By knowing your signs, you can have a better chance of passing the real test.

Take the knowledge test at a driver licensing office

So you’ve basically memorized Learn to Drive Smart, have scored 100% on your practice tests, and you know the difference between a falling rock hazard sign and a railway crossing. It’s time to take the real test!

To take the knowledge test, you’ll need to go to an ICBC driver licensing office.

What to bring:

Where to take your test:

Use our driver licensing office locator for hours and availability of the knowledge test. 

What’s the knowledge test really like?

When taking the knowledge test, you’ll answer multiple-choice questions on a touch screen kiosk, in most locations. You can also choose to listen to an audio recording. 

Tip:  If you get stuck on a question make sure you use the ‘skip’ button.  It shuffles the question to the end of the test.  If you do well you may not even see that question again!

We speak your language

The test is available in English, Arabic, Cantonese (with traditional Chinese writing), Croatian, French, Farsi, Mandarin (with traditional Chinese writing), Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Driving as a learner

You’ll need to be a learner for at least 12 months before you can take a road test and graduate to the next level. Remember, there’s no rush, take the test when you feel ready.

Your learner’s licence stays valid for two years. If you need more time, you can renew your learner's licence by re-taking and passing the knowledge test. If you renew your learner’s licence you don’t have to wait any extra time to take your road test.

While you’re a learner, you’ll have to drive with a qualified supervisor and follow the restrictions that are printed on your licence.

These rules are really important. Not following them could mean that you pay a penalty or extend the time you spend in graduated licensing. Drive safely – don’t get left behind.

Need help with a driving skill? Check out our driving tips videos.

Take approved driver training course – get six months off

Driver training can help get you your full licence sooner.

If you take an ICBC –approved (GLP) driver training course, and are a safe driver with no at-fault crashes, driving violations or prohibitions while in the Learner stage of graduated licensing, you could receive six months off your N stage. You could also get two high school credits.

Your approved driver training course must be completed within a one year period from start to finish.

Your L sign

L sign

Your red, magnetic L sign always has to be displayed on the back of your car while you’re driving.

Lost your L sign? If you’ve lost your L sign, you can pick up a new one (for free) at any driver licensing office. (Please don’t make your own with duct tape. It’s very creative… but not actually allowed.)

If you can’t get a new L right away, download and print a temporary L sign  (PDF).  

Learner’s licence driving restrictions

It's important to follow the restrictions of graduated licensing when you get your L. If you violate these restrictions or get any other tickets or prohibitions, you must pay graduated licensing penalties.

Supervisor age 25+

Qualified supervisor:
Supervisor age 25+ with a valid Class 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 licence. He or she must sit beside you in the front passenger seat.

Display L

Display L sign:
Display L sign on the back of your vehicle.

No alcohol

No alcohol:
Zero alcohol in your body when you drive.

Passenger

1 passenger limit:
Limit of 1 passenger in addition to supervisor.

No hand-held

No electronic devices:
No hand-held or hands-free cellphones or other electronic devices.

Restricted hours

Restricted hours:
No driving between midnight and 5am.