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Proving your driving experience

When applying for your B.C. licence, you'll need to prove 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.

Using your driver's licence to prove your driving experience

In some cases we can just rely on your driver's licence but it's not guaranteed. For example, if your licence was issued less than two years ago and you're looking to prove two years of experience to exchange your licence your driver's licence might not be sufficient.

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, and

  • note the two years' of non-learner driving experience to be exempt from the graduated licensing program (GLP), if any.