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Proving your driving experience

When applying for your B.C. licence, you'll need to provide proof of your previous driving experience.

Accepted documents to prove your driving experience

To prove your previous driving experience, you need to bring:

  • a current driver's licence or

  • an international driving permit (not expired over five years) and its corresponding driver's licence. This permit is required if your current licence is not in English. If you don't have one, you'll need to get a translation of your driver's licence from an ICBC approved translator.

Changes for new B.C. residents

Starting September 1, 2019, new B.C. residents will only be required to provide their driver licence history — proof of insurance is no longer required.

ICBC will credit you with up to 15 years of driving experience (up from eight years) upon receipt of a driver's abstract showing the original date that you received your licence.

When obtaining your B.C. licence, you can provide a copy of your driver's abstract in person at a driver licensing office.

Driving experience requirement

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.

We recommend you bring an official driving record or letter of experience with your driver's licence to prove your driving experience. This helps prevent repeated trips to our driver licensing office.

Get your official document before moving to B.C.

Contact the issuer of your driver's licence to get an official driving record or letter of experience. It's best to do this before moving to B.C.

RequirementsDriving RecordLetter of experience
Original document—not photocopied or printed off the internet​​ (if moving from outside Canada or the U.S.)
Get it signed by the licensing authorityNot required​

What your driving record or letter of experience must include

  • the name, address and phone number of the driver's licensing authority in your jurisdiction

  • your name and birth date

  • your driver's licence number (or other unique identifier)

  • class of licence(s) held

  • either the date(s) your licence(s) were originally issued or the amount of time you have held a licence.