Welcome to B.C.! After moving here, you have 90 days to switch your valid licence to a B.C. driver’s licence.
The 90-day rule does not apply if you:
If you don't have two years' driving experience (with a full-privilege, non-learner licence) or can't prove it, you can still get a Class 7 or Class 8 licence with graduated licensing restrictions.
To apply for a B.C. driver's licence, go to any driver licensing office in B.C. Bring the following to apply for your licence:
If you qualify for a new B.C. driver's licence, you will need to surrender your previous licence to ICBC.
B.C. law requires that you only have one driver's licence. This includes surrendering your previous licence if you are required to take a road test with us. If you do not pass the road test, you will be issued a B.C. Learners licence, and your previous licence will not be returned to you.
Driver licensing requirements are based on where your current licence is from.
B.C. has reciprocal licence exchange agreements with many jurisdictions:
If you’re from one of the countries listed above then follow these steps to exchange your licence.
Steps for passenger vehicle licences (class 5) or motorcycles (class 6).
Come to an ICBC driver licensing and bring the following to apply for your licence:
For a commercial licence from outside of Canada, you will need to qualify on applicable knowledge and road tests, otherwise you can exchange your licence for a passenger vehicle licence.
If you’re from any other country not listed as “reciprocal”, you can still apply for a B.C. licence. But in addition to the application, you will need to take a knowledge and road test.
You have up to 90 days to complete the process of exchanging your licence, but we recommend doing it as early as you can as you will need to book a road test and may have to wait for the next available appointment.
The knowledge test is a multiple choice quiz that tests your knowledge of road signs and the rules of the road. You’ll need to get 40 out of 50 questions right to pass.
Note: Bring another qualified driver with you for your test in case you don't pass.
Get information in Punjabi or Chinese
If your licence or driving record is in a language other than English, an ICBC-approved translator located in B.C. will need to translate your documents.
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