The novice stage of the graduated licensing program (GLP) includes various restrictions when driving a passenger vehicle (or motorcycle).
After you pass your Class 7 or 8 road test, we will take your photo and issue you a Class 7 or 8 licence. Now you enter the novice stage of your graduated licensing process.
The Class 7 and 8 novice licence is valid for 5 years.
Once you pass the Class 7 or 8 road test, you'll receive a Class 7 or 8 novice (N) licence. Some—but not all—licence restrictions are removed.
|Cellphone and driver distraction||Restricted from using both hand-held and hands-free cellphones and portable electronic devices while driving or riding. The GLP hands-free restriction is lifted for riding if no valid class 7 or 7L licence is held.|
|Display N sign||In the novice stage, you are issued a green N (Novice) sign—this replaces the L sign. When driving, you must display the N sign at the back of your vehicle so drivers behind can see it.
If you are a motorcyclist with a Class 8 novice licence, you must display the N sign on the back of your motorbike or clothing so that drivers behind can see it.
Lost your N? If you lose or misplace your N sign for your car or motorcycle, you must replace it immediately. There is no charge for this. This is a mandatory restriction and you can be fined for not replacing your N sign (PDF).
|Zero blood-alcohol content||You must not drive with any alcohol in your body.|
|Passengers||You are limited to 1 passenger—unless you're driving a passenger vehicle and have a supervisor 25 years or older with a valid Class 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 driver's licence.
What about family members? This restriction does not apply to immediate family members: mother, father, sister, brother, child, spouse, grandparent, grandchild; including step and foster relationships.
After a minimum of 24 months, most novice drivers are eligible to take the Class 5 or Class 6 road test. If you pass it, you get your full-privilege, Class 5 or Class 6 driver's licence.
You must wait longer than 24 months to qualify for a full-privilege licence if you are prohibited from driving, or if your driver's licence is:
While you are unlicensed, your progress through the stages of graduated licensing is stopped.
Once you have your licence reinstated after a prohibition, your 24-month novice stage will start over from the beginning.
By successfully completing an ICBC-approved driver training course, you could get
To qualify, a driver must take the course during the Learner stage and have no violations or at-fault crashes during the first 18 months of the novice stage.