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Last updated Monday, Jan 17, 2022 01:22 PM

Driver licensing

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​New drivers or riders

If you're a new driver or have a teen who's about to start, professional driver training can help. 

Training for new drivers

Depending on your needs, you might choose

  • in-car lessons only,
  • in-car lessons combined with class instruction, or
  • an ICBC-approved course.

A professionally qualified instructor can help you get comfortable handling a vehicle-in all kinds of traffic and road conditions. They can help you learn driving skills, responsible attitudes, and prepare you for your road tests.

ICBC-approved driver training courses

An ICBC-approved driver training course engages new drivers in a fun, interactive way. It focuses on safe driving skills, preparing for road tests, and developing a responsible attitude behind the wheel.

ICBC-approved courses include:

  • at least 16 hours of in-class instruction
  • at least 12 hours instruction on the road

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Get six months off graduated licensing

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, you could receive six months off your N stage. You could also get two grade 11 high school credits.

Your approved driver training course must be completed within a one year period from start to finish while in the learner stage of GLP.

Note: Excluded from definitions of violations above are vehicle impoundments, zero-point violations and municipal, parking, Federal Contravention, and non-motor vehicle related violation tickets.

Motorcycle training

Professional riding lessons can help you or your teen learn safe riding skills. We recommend that anyone learning to ride a motorcycle get some professional rider training.

Types of training available

Licensed driving schools in B.C. offer a variety of lessons and courses, including

  • on-road lessons only
  • on-road lessons combined with in-class group instruction, and
  • the Motorcycle Skills Assessment (MSA) course.

A Motorcycle Skills Assessment course includes classroom and on-road instruction as well as your skills assessment. If you qualify, you may not have to take a motorcycle skills test at an ICBC office.

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