Insurance for students, military personnel and tourists
If you’re driving in B.C. as a tourist, you can drive with your existing insurance for up to six months – as long as you have a valid out-of-province driver’s licence and your vehicle is properly licensed in your home jurisdiction.
Am I eligible for exemption?
You may be eligible for an exemption from licensing and insuring your vehicle in B.C. if you have a valid out-of-province driver’s licence and your vehicle is properly registered, licensed and insured in your home jurisdiction (Canada or USA).
You will also need to be:
A member of the Canadian Armed Forces stationed in B.C. for training for up to six months
A student enrolled full-time at a recognized B.C. post-secondary institution and/or a B.C. Government of Canada-designated educational institution
Please apply in order to qualify within 30 days after arriving in B.C. Note that it typically takes 3-5 business days to process exemption applications but can take up to 10 days.
What you need to submit your application
To submit your application, please have ready:
An official letter of enrollment from your academic institution (stating you are a full-time student with the start and end date of the school year or semester) or for military personnel, a letter from your commanding officer indicating you’re on temporary assignment in B.C.
A copy of your vehicle registration and/or certificate of title showing the expiry date
A copy of your vehicle insurance showing the expiry date
Steps to submit your application
- Contact your insurance provider and request that an authorized signor from the insurance company send a completed Financial Responsibility Certificate (MV23) to ICBC that verifies your coverage.
Once your insurer confirms the certificate has been submitted, please call 604-443-4624 to pay the mandatory $30 fee. You can also mail a cheque to:
ICBC – Student Exemption
135 – 151 West Esplanade
North Vancouver, B.C., V7M 3H9
- Complete the MV1804A web form.
Email the following documents to firstname.lastname@example.org with “STUDENT EXEMPTION – last name, first name” in the subject line:
Once your application has been processed and approved, we’ll email you your B.C. permit to print and keep in your vehicle.
- Letter of enrollment from your academic institution or letter from your Commanding Officer
- A copy of your vehicle registration and/or certificate of title showing the expiry date
- A copy of your vehicle insurance showing the expiry date
Driving in B.C.
When driving in B.C., please keep the following documents in your vehicle:
Your B.C. permit
Your driver’s licence
Your proof of vehicle registration and insurance