Yes, if you don't want to drive it right away. However, you should still register the vehicle in your name within 10 days of purchase. You can do that at any Autoplan broker office. Remember to bring the previous owner's signed registration document and a signed Transfer of Ownership form with you.
Keep in mind, if you're planning to park it on a public street (even in a permitted zone), most municipalities require any vehicle parked on the street to have valid licence plates. This means you'll need to purchase insurance for it so check with your municipality to confirm what you need.
Make sure you keep a copy of the Transfer Tax form signed by the new owner as a record that you've transferred the vehicle.
If there are any licence plates associated with the vehicle please see your Autoplan broker.
Learn more about transferring vehicle ownership.
First, ask the person selling the car to go to an
Autoplan broker to replace the missing vehicle registration.
If you're unable to contact the seller, that's OK. As long as the vehicle is registered in B.C., we can do a vehicle records search for you. Please write to:
Driver Testing and Vehicle Information143 - 151 West EsplanadeNorth Vancouver, BC V7M 3H9
Explain that you need to identify the last registered owner. Sign the letter and include:
a photocopy of your proof of purchase. For example a bill of sale, a completed
Transfer/Tax Form (this is a sample only) or a notarized statutory declaration and
a $7 cheque payable to ICBC.
Transfer/Tax forms are available at any Autoplan broker.
For more information, please call 604-661-2233 or 1-800-464-5050 (toll-free number).
Learn more about registering a vehicle in B.C.
You both do. And the easiest way to complete your sale is to go to your Autoplan broker together with the buyer and handle all of the paperwork in the broker's office. Don't forget to bring your plates!
Learn more about the steps of selling your vehicle.
Good news: as long as the vehicle you're importing meets safety standards and federal importing rules, and was not damaged in a flood or designated as a parts only vehicle, you can register it here.
You may want to check with the Registrar of Imported Vehicles for what to keep in mind when importing a vehicle from the U.S. You can get a safety inspection done at any designated inspection facility in B.C. Remember—you'll need a special permit and insurance to bring the vehicle here. For details, please talk to your Autoplan broker.
Also, see: Importing a vehicle into B.C.
No, but please be sure to include the correct fuel code (in this case, P or N) on the vehicle description section of the Transfer/Tax form (this is a sample only). You can get a valid form from any Autoplan broker. The fuel codes are found on the back of the form.
A vehicle with an after-market fuel conversion must be registered as modified, unless:
See more information on Modified vehicles.
Yes. Check out the BC SCRAP-IT® Program. SCRAP-IT provides incentives to replace higher polluting vehicles with cleaner forms of transportation.
If you retire your 2000 (model year) or older vehicle, you can choose from incentives such as transit passes, bicycles, car sharing memberships, new or used cars, or $200 cash. If you buy a replacement vehicle, remember to update your insurance so that it's still valid.
This means that a claim was reported for the vehicle, but we don't have any record of payment for its repair or replacement at the time you got the report. This could mean that the owner chose to not repair the vehicle, has repaired it privately, or ICBC has not yet paid for the repairs.
Unfortunately, no. In B.C., the responsibility for a claim goes to whoever the car is licensed and insured to (your friend), not to who's driving at the time and gets in a crash (you).
Having deductibles is standard in
the insurance industry and it helps keep insurance affordable.
When you buy Collision and/or
Comprehensive insurance, you have to choose a deductible. It is the amount you
must pay before your insurance kicks in to pay for the remainder of the
If the other driver is at fault
and insured by ICBC, your deductible may be reimbursed or waived.
If the other driver doesn't have
insurance with ICBC, you or your adjuster need to request the reimbursement of
your deductible from the other driver's insurance company. Learn more if
you are not responsible.
ICBC will assess fault based upon
the information available.
By law, every motorist in B.C. has
to report a crash within a reasonable amount of time. Your adjuster will
attempt to call or send a letter to the other driver before your claim
After two weeks, ICBC will send a
second letter asking to report within the next 10 days. If the other driver
fails to do so, we will assess fault based on the information available.
Report to your private insurance company if you damaged your own vehicle only.
You’ll need to report to ICBC as well if:
It takes longer to settle your claim as an ICBC adjuster may need to negotiate with the adjuster from the other insurance company.
For customers with Roadside Plus coverage, we can reimburse up to $50 toward expenses due to roadside emergencies such as:
Report your emergency roadside expense claim online or fill in our Emergency Roadside Expense Repayment form and send it to:
ICBC Emergency Roadside Expense405 - 10470 152nd StreetSurrey, BC V3R 0Y4
You'll need to make this claim within 12 months of incurring the expense.
Visit the Courts of British Columbia website and search for ICBC claim. You can browse through past judgments to see if there are any circumstances similar to your own.
Remember, every situation is different. Factors affecting settlement amounts include:
If both drivers were working at
the time of the collision regardless of fault. WorkSafeBC
has to review your claim and decide whether you're covered.
If you were working and not at
fault, you should make a WorkSafeBC claim. Government legislation states that
ICBC is not allowed to pay out for Accident Benefits if you are entitled to
claim medical, rehabilitation or wage-loss benefits through WorkSafeBC.
Under certain circumstances, you may choose to claim compensation through WorkSafeBC or ICBC. Please speak to your adjuster for more details.
Yes, we'll reimburse the amount that is required to resolve your claim. Please speak to your adjuster for more details.
ICBC would determine if you were responsible for contributing to a passenger's injuries using precedent and case laws, considering:
Learn more about seatbelt laws in B.C.
Yes, in the event of a crash dashboard cameras can be very helpful in resolving fault accurately and fairly. However, we discourage the use of any electronic devices while driving because there is always the potential for it to be a distraction.
No. When you sell a collector or modified collector car, the new owner must make a new application for collector status and plates.
See Collector vehicles for more information.
You may only transfer the plates onto another collector status vehicle that is registered in your name within certain time frames. Please check with your Autoplan broker for details.
Yes, however if you are the sole registered owner of a collector vehicle and want to change to joint ownership later, you must reapply for your collector status and pay the applicable transfer fees. The best time to arrange for joint ownership is when you first apply for your collector vehicle status.
If your antique vehicle has active collector plates, vintage plates may also be displayed—but only if there isn't a vintage policy (APV44) in place. Your collector plates must be mounted in the primary licence plate location.
Only if you have a collector multi-vehicle plate and you own several collector vehicles, but drive only one vehicle at a time.
To qualify for a collector multi-vehicle licence plate, you must be the registered owner or one of the registered owners of the cars and they must all:
Find out more about Collector vehicles.
Yes, in some cases you can register the vehicle while it’s undergoing restoration, before it’s ready for a safety inspection.
Discuss your options with your Autoplan broker today.
Call ICBC at:
Remember, don't drive with an expired driver's licence because you won't be covered if you're involved in a crash.
No, unfortunately, you can't get a refund for any years remaining on your B.C. driver's licence. Driver licensing fees contribute to the cost of the card and to road safety programs. It helps keep our road safe for everyone.
You may contact
RoadSafetyBC at 1-855-387-7747 and advise them of your concerns. Learn more about
driver re-exam road tests and
tips for senior drivers.
As a temporary foreign worker in the
Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program, you may drive for up to 12 months on a
valid licence from your home country.
If you’re staying longer than 12 months and
want to continue driving, you’ll need to get a B.C.
driver’s licence. For more information, please contact
The government has introduced legislation to bring ridesharing to B.C. by fall 2019. ICBC will continue to work with government and industry on the details of insurance products and licensing requirements for taxis and ridesharing companies.
Find out more about insurance and licensing requirements for ride-hailing.
You have until midnight on the expiry date to renew.
It depends on where you are. If you're in B.C., find the nearest
Autoplan broker to have the documents replaced.
If you're outside B.C., you'll need to:
Call us before faxing a completed form to ICBC:
1-800-328-4484 (Canada and the U.S.)1-604-661-6956 (Other countries)
Your vehicle may need to be rated in a
delivery rate class, depending on what else you use the vehicle for and how often you use the vehicle for delivery. We want to make sure you're covered so talk to your broker about how you plan to use the vehicle. They’ll help make sure you have the right insurance.
All B.C. drivers start out on the
claim-rated scale at the base rate with no discount. For each year you’ve been insured claim-free, you may be eligible for a five per cent discount.
This applies even if you don’t own a vehicle.
Thanks for taking action. Please contact your local police or RCMP detachment. (ICBC has no authority for enforcement.)
There are stiff penalties for driving without insurance. Drivers stopped by police face a $598 fine, and the vehicle could be impounded, too.
If someone driving without insurance is responsible for a crash, they're not protected by insurance - so they'd be personally responsible for paying the cost of any claims against them.
No. There are situations when you can insure a vehicle without a valid driver's licence. For example, you might own and insure a vehicle but depend on others to drive it. For more information, speak to an
You can insure
your car with a learner's licence.
All newly licensed B.C. drivers start at base rate on the claim-rated scale with no discount on their insurance premiums. For each subsequent year you’ve been insured claim-free, you may be eligible for a five per cent discount.
New drivers automatically receive up to 13 months' credit for time spent in the
learner stage of the graduated
licensing program (GLP). If you had a valid learner's licence for longer
than 13 months, you could receive more learner's credit.
your Autoplan broker about the coverage you need and how
much it'll cost.
Call ICBC at 1-800-328-4484 (toll-free) from Monday to Friday 8:15 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.
Sorry, we're not able to temporarily suspend your current insurance. However, a few options may be available to meet your changing needs. Speak to your Autoplan broker about:
If you cancel your policy before it expires, you can be eligible for a refund. Find out more about
cancelling your insurance.
Peer to peer car sharing allows car owners to make their vehicles available for others to rent for short periods of time.
The owner of the vehicle needs to declare how they plan to use the vehicle so the insurance can be assigned properly and most likely the vehicle will need to be rated in a commercial rental rate class. Talk to your broker, they can help make sure you have the right coverage for how you use your vehicle. We want to make sure you’re covered.
If your vehicle is involved in a crash without having the right insurance coverage in place, there could be very serious financial consequences including potentially having to repay the full value of all claims that arise and forfeiting coverage for your own car.
It is important to know the owner of the vehicle is responsible for any damages if the renting driver is at fault for the crash. This also means the crash could affect the owner's future insurance rates.
Make sure that your vehicle is properly insured for the way it will be used when borrowed, such as driving to or/from work or school.
It’s important to understand that anyone driving your vehicle is covered under your insurance. It doesn’t matter if it’s your friend, your son, or granddaughter. In the event of a crash — regardless of fault — your insurance rate and experienced-driver discount may be affected.
For more information on insuring your vehicle before lending it, speak to an Autoplan broker near you.
Get permission from the owners and/or drivers of the vehicle. Make sure you have a valid driver’s licence and that the vehicle is properly insured for the way you intend to use it, such as driving to or/from work or school.
Remember, you'll be covered under their insurance. In the event of a crash — regardless of fault — their insurance rate and experienced-driver discount may be affected.
You might need to talk to your friend about upgrading the insurance based on your driving experience. For more information on insuring your vehicle before borrowing it, speak to an Autoplan broker near you.
If you buy another car to replace your broken-down one, you have up to 10 days after buying that car to visit an Autoplan broker and transfer coverage on the vehicles. During that time, you can use the old plates (as long as it’s the same type of plate—for example, you’re not attaching passenger vehicle plates to a commercial vehicle).
If you still own the broken-down vehicle, you’ll have to visit an Autoplan broker to transfer the licence and insurance before you can move the plates to another vehicle.
Tip: if your vehicle won't be used for a while, you may want to ask your broker about buying storage insurance. It helps protect your vehicle even when it's not being driven.
Unfortunately, no. Any time you cancel your insurance, you have to return the plates, including personalized ones, to your Autoplan broker to get a refund on your insurance. If your insurance simply expires, you don't need to return the plates.
You retain the rights to your slogan for 12 months from the expiry date of the policy or from the time of cancellation. After more than one year, you'll have to pay another $100 application fee to renew the slogan.
Call us or visit any driver licensing office for assistance.
You may contact
RoadSafetyBC at 1-855-387-7747 to dispute, appeal or request a review for some prohibitions or suspensions.
Yes, you may
call us for a copy of your traffic ticket.
No, all prohibition, suspension and/or penalty points stay on your record for five years.
If you receive more than three penalty points during the same assessment period you'll be charged a premium. Find out how you can reduce the fees of your
driver penalty points premium.
Yes, you can transfer a vehicle to your ex-spouse without paying PST if:
You will need to provide documentation such as a written separation agreement, marriage agreement, agreement dividing property under the Family Law Act, or a court order. Please talk to your Autoplan broker for more details.
Call Dial-a-Claim at 1-800-910-4222 before authorizing any repairs outside the province. Find out if your car can be repaired where you are or whether it will need to be brought back to British Columbia.
Some repair shops outside B.C. may not accept payment directly from ICBC. You might have to pay for the repairs first and apply for reimbursement when you get back home.
Keep a copy of the repair shop's bill and supporting invoices for parts and materials. You will need these for reimbursement.
Our Comprehensive coverage covers damage
caused by falling or flying objects. Speak to your Autoplan broker to find out
if you’re covered.
If you’re covered, you can report
directly to an ICBC-approved Glass Express
Shop to repair the chip or replace the windshield.
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