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Renew your licence or ID

Find out how to renew your driver's licence, BCID, enhanced driver's licence (EDL) or enhanced identity card (EIC). 

Renew your driver's licence

You can't smile in your new driver's licence photo, but hopefully our friendly, efficient service will make you leave with one. Renewing is simple and easy—here's how.

When to renew

You can renew your licence up to six months (180 days) before it expires. Renewing early won’t shorten its validity.

Note
It's illegal to drive with an expired licence—don’t leave it till the last minute.

How to renew

Tip
Your current driver’s licence and a credit card or bank card with your name and signature on it would typically qualify, unless you’ve recently changed your name.

If you’re in a rush, try to avoid our busiest times. Mid-week and mornings are generally quieter.

If you are outside of B.C. at renewal time

Your licence must be renewed in person. If you’ll be away when your licence expires, try to renew before you leave. You can renew it up to 180 days early—and you won’t lose any time on your licence.

If you’re outside of B.C. when your licence expires, or if renewing within 180 days early isn’t enough, call our driver licensing information line.

If your B.C. licence has been expired more than three years

If you’ve been driving with an out-of-province licence

If during the last three years you’ve been driving with an out-of-province licence, bring it with you to any B.C. driver licensing office. You’ll be able to exchange the out of province licence and renew your B.C. licence by providing two pieces of accepted ID and the renewal fee.

If you haven’t been driving

If your licence expired over three years ago and you haven’t been driving, you’ll need to be retested before you can renew. You’ll need to pass a road signs test, vision screening, and re-examination road test.

Call us to book your road test

Renew your BCID

Your BCID card must be renewed every 5 years. Renewing is simple and easy. Here’s how.

How to renew

You do not have to re-submit a consent form if you’re under 19.

Tip
Your current BCID and a credit or bank card with your name and signature on it would typically qualify, unless you’ve recently changed your name.

If you’re in a rush, try to avoid our busiest times. Mid-week and mornings are generally quieter.

BC Services card

Learn about getting a BC Services card as a free alternative to a BCID.

Renew your EDL or EIC

To renew your enhanced driver's licence (EDL) or enhanced identification card (EIC) you need to book an in-person appointment and reapply. This ensures that you still meet the eligibility requirements.

Book a appointment

What to bring to your appointment

When renewing an EDL or EIC, a passport is not accepted as proof of Canadian citizenship.

Name changes

If your name has recently changed, please also bring accepted linking documents.

Note

Certificate of Canadian Citizenship

Due to a Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) change, a Certificate of Canadian Citizenship Certificate issued on or after Feb. 1, 2012 as ID must be accompanied with a valid Canadian passport to apply for or renew an EDL or EIC.

BC Services Card