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Get your full licence

Here’s the last step in graduated licensing… getting your full licence! Congrats on getting this far. You’re almost there! You just need to pass one more road test.

Full licence

Your earliest day to take your road test is on the back of your licence. You can take the Class 5 road test once you’ve been a Novice driver for 24 months and have been prohibition free during that time.

You might even be able to take it after 18 months, if you’ve taken an ICBC-approved (GLP) driver training course and met all the requirements. (No at-fault crashes, tickets, or prohibitions.)

Booking your road test

Depending on where you live, you can book your test online or over the phone. Please keep in mind that our offices are busy, be sure to book well in advance.

You can also go to a driver licensing office and wait for a stand-by appointment. We’ll do our best to accommodate you if there’s space.

Book your road test

What to bring to your Class 5 road test

When you come for your test, make sure to bring:

  • A safe vehicle (horn, brakes working, etc.)
  • Valid insurance and registration documents
  • Accepted ID
  • Fees for your road test and new licence

Study guides and quizzes to help you prepare 

Road tests can be stressful! We totally understand that. We want you to feel as prepared, confident and as comfortable as possible. If you have any questions about your road test, feel free to ask your examiner before you begin.

Whether you’re taking the Class 7 road test to get your L or the Class 5 road test to get your full licence, these study and practice guides will help you pass.

These will help you get ready for and pass your test:

Don’t just rely on studying though, be sure to get lots of real-life driving practice with an experienced driver or an approved driver training school.

What to expect on your road test

You’re a more experienced driver now, so you’ll be tested in environments that are a bit more challenging than the Class 7 road test. The most important thing to show your examiner is that you’re a safe driver with excellent skills and vehicle control.

The test and examiner feedback takes about 45 minutes. 

Pre-trip check

At the start of your road test, your examiner will check out your car—just to make sure all the important parts are working and you know where they are (like the horn, parking brake, high beams, turn signals, etc.). You’ll also need to demonstrate hand signals for turning.

This pre-trip check is important. If your car isn’t safe enough to drive, you won’t be able to take your test.

Road test

After your car has been checked out and deemed safe, you’ll start your road test. Your examiner will take you through a pre-set route to test your driving skills – like turning, changing lanes, and parking.

The route could include city streets, commercial areas, and highways. You’ll also go through different kinds of intersections—ones without traffic signs, ones with stop signs, and large intersections with traffic lights. Any time you’ll be making a turn or switching lanes, you’ll get plenty of warning.

Your examiner may also ask you to spot and point out potential hazards.

Debrief

After you’ve finished your route, you’ll have a chance to go over the test with your examiner, to see what you did well and what areas might need improvement. You’ll find out right away if you passed your test or if you weren’t successful.

If you’re uncomfortable speaking English, you can bring someone to translate for you during the feedback session. However, translators aren’t allowed in the car during the road test.

Driving skills you'll need to know

During your road test, you’ll need to demonstrate a variety of driving skills.

These are the most common skills to practice:

  • Driving through intersections, turning left and right
  • Backing up
  • Pulling out into traffic
  • Pulling over and stopping at the side of the road
  • Changing lanes
  • Parking on a hill
  • Starting on a hill
  • Angle parking
  • Parallel parking
  • Stall parking (driving forward and backing up into a stall)
  • Two and three point turns
  • Merging on and off a highway
  • General driving (e.g., driving straight, driving on hills and curves) 
  • Knowing what to do around emergency vehicles

Not every skill will be part of your test, but practicing them all will give you the best chance of being prepared.

Noticing hazards and using See-Think-Do

While you’re driving, it’s important to scan your environment and be aware of potential hazards on the road. You may be asked to point some out on your test.

Examples of potential hazards:

  • dangerous drivers
  • emergency vehicles
  • pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycles
  • blind spots & hidden driveways
  • animals
  • icy or snowy roads
  • uneven roads

See-Think-Do

Use the See-Think-Do method to look out for hazards.

  • See:  Scan for hazards. Pay attention to other road users and the areas where hazards could occur.
  • Think: Decide which hazards are most dangerous. Think quickly about possible solutions. Decide on the safest solution.
  • Do: Use your driving skills to keep yourself and others safe.

Tips from driver examiners

Your examiner will never try to trick you or ask you to make illegal or unsafe actions. Any time he or she asks you to do something, you’ll get plenty of warning.

Need a brush-up on your driving skills? Check out our driver examiners’ driving tips.

Top 7 tips for passing your road test

We want you to pass your test! Watch this short video for some great tips.

 

Other reasons for taking the Class 5 road test

The Class 5 road test isn’t just for new drivers in graduated licensing. You might also take it if: