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Accepted ID

To help protect your identity and privacy, you need to show accepted ID at our driver licensing offices. Please double-check that you're bringing the right ID before coming in—it could save you an extra trip or other delays.

Confirm what ID to bring

Answer a few quick questions online to make sure you bring the right ID:

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Accepted ID

You'll need to bring two pieces of ID: one primary, one secondary.

Additional ID requirements

​Photocopies

Each identification document must be an original, or a true copy of the original, certified by the issuing government agency.

Non-English documents

If your licence, driving record and ID are in a language other than English, they have to be translated by an ICBC-approved translator. The fees and services vary for each translator-please contact them for more information.

Name changes

If your name has changed (or is different from the name shown on your ID) you must provide proof of this.

If you don't have the right ID

If you were born outside Canada and don't have the required primary ID, please contact Citizenship and Immigration Canada at 1-888-242-2100. Otherwise, please contact us.​

Your full legal name

To ensure the integrity of our records and your personal information, ICBC will only issue driver's licences, BC Identification and BC Services Cards in your full legal name.

When you first become our customer we will take your full legal name and date of birth from what we call a foundation document. A foundation document is a type of identification that establishes or changes your full legal name and date of birth.

Foundation documents

  • If you're born in Canada - Your legal name is the full name that appears on your birth certificate issued by a Canadian Vital Statistics agency.
  • If you're born outside of Canada - Your legal name is the full name that appears on your most recent immigration document issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
  • If there's a mistake in your foundation document – You must get this corrected by the issuing government agency. We will only use the exact full legal name on your foundation document(s).

Preferred names  

You may have a preferred name (i.e. Bill instead of William or Sue instead of Susan).  These preferred names are not allowed on your records unless you present a legal Change of Name Certificate or an updated foundation document. You may not re-arrange your names into a different order. Your full legal name will appear exactly as on your foundation document.