Your insurance renewal reminder
ICBC will mail you an insurance renewal reminder that outlines your coverage, your vehicle, the expiry date of your current policy and other important details. You'll receive the reminder about six weeks before your insurance is due to expire.
Understanding your renewal reminder
Your premium amount
Most insurance renewal reminders provide an estimate of the cost of your insurance for the same period as the previous policy term (typically, one year).
Your next insurance renewal reminder will include a premium amount based on your policy's previous coverage, listed drivers and eligible discounts. If you were in a crash and found responsible, it may also impact your premium.
If you're thinking about making changes to your policy before you renew, such as adding a driver or changing your coverage, you can estimate your insurance costs using
our online tool.
Here's a sample, similar to what you'll see in your next renewal reminder:
How to renew your insurance and what you'll need
You can renew your policy in person at any one of the
900 Autoplan brokers across the province. If it's eligible, you may also choose to
renew the policy online.
You can renew up to 44 days before your policy's expiry date. You'll need:
- Your renewal reminder and your insurance documents
- The B.C. driver's licence number and birth date of each driver you want to list on your policy (including you)
- If they don't have a B.C. licence, their name, licence number and jurisdiction that issued the licence
- A photo of your current vehicle odometer reading. You may be eligible for the
low-kilometre discount or a new distance-based discount coming next year.
Buy or renew your insurance page for more information on the renewal process.
Listing your vehicle's drivers
Who should be listed
You should list those who use your vehicle frequently, including members of your household, employees and learners. Your premium will be based 75% on the principal driver (whether that’s you or another listed driver) and 25% on the driver with the highest level of risk. Learn more about how drivers, experience and crash history affect your premium.
Unlisted Driver Protection
If you occasionally lend your car to drivers who aren’t listed on your policy, you can add Unlisted Driver Protection to your policy. It covers drivers who occasionally use your vehicle and can be added to your policy with no additional cost (as long as an unlisted driver hasn’t caused a crash using any of your vehicles).
Your vehicle use
Your renewal reminder also includes a brief description of your rate class and territory. Your rate class reflects how your vehicle is used, whether for commuting, business or pleasure. Your territory refers to where you live.
Our low-kilometre discount is available for vehicles driven less than 5,000 kilometres per year. When you renew your annual policy at an Autoplan broker, make sure to bring a current odometer reading (no more than a week old) if you think you may qualify. If a subsequent odometer reading indicates less than 5,000 kilometres of driving when you renew your policy and you're eligible, you'll receive a 10 per cent discount.
This section of your renewal reminder provides a breakdown of your current coverage, split between
Basic Autoplan insurance and
If your circumstances have changed or you'd like to update your existing coverage, talk to your Autoplan broker. They'll help you make any adjustments to ensure that your insurance meets your needs.