Moving from outside Canada
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 and you may continue to drive on your current licence if you:
- are visiting as a tourist for up to six months
- are temporary foreign worker with a federal work permit designating that you are in the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP). Workers in the SAWP may drive for up to 12 months on a valid licence from their home jurisdiction. If you’re staying longer than 12 months under SAWP and want to continue driving then you will need to get a B.C. driver’s licence.
Requirements for new B.C. residents
New B.C. residents are required to provide their driver licence history — proof of insurance is not required.
Each year you remain crash-free, your insurance discount increases. ICBC will credit you with up to 15 years of driving experience (up from eight years) upon receipt of an acceptable driving record showing the original date that you received your licence. Your premiums will be adjusted for the first three years of driving in B.C. due to the increased risks associated with driving in a new area.
If you've previously held a B.C. driver's licence and are returning to the province, your insurance will be calculated based on the date of your first B.C. driver's licence.
For all applicants, if your out of province licence is expired over three years and you cannot provide proof you have been driving on a valid licence since then you will be required to take a sign and signals knowledge test and a road test.
Driving experience requirement
Proof of a minimum of two years driving experience is
needed to be exempt from B.C.’s Graduated Licensing Program. 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.