Graduated licensing is a two-stage program designed to help you become a safe driver for life—and reduce your risk of crashing while learning. As a new driver, it typically takes 36 months to get your driver's licence.
The first stage is the learner’s L stage (L) licence with restrictions to help reduce the risks while learning to drive.
After 12 months of prohibition-free driving, you qualify to take your first road test—the Class 7 road test. You can stay in the learner’s (L) stage as long as you need to. Your learner’s (L) licence is valid for 2 years, but can be renewed by re-qualifying on the knowledge test in the learner’s (L) stage. Once you pass the road test, you will receive a novice (N) licence.
To get a B.C. driver’s licence, you must be 16 years old. Your parent or a legal guardian must give consent for your application if you're under 19.
For the novice (N) stage some of the learner’s (L) licence stage restrictions are removed.
You will be eligible to take the second Class 5 road test to exit the GLP after 24 months of prohibition-free driving in the Novice (N) licence stage. Once you pass this test, you will graduate to your full-privilege driver's licence.
You can reduce your novice (N) licence stage by six months by taking an ICBC-approved driver training course. The approved course must be taken while you are still in the learner's (L) stage and you must
in order to keep your six month reduction.
Driving is risky when you lack experience.
New drivers are more prone to crash, and one in four of their crashes result in an injury or death.