Driver licensing

Driver prohibitions​

Driver prohibitions are issued by RoadSafetyBC. The Office can impose interventions and refer drivers to programs to improve driving behaviour. If you've received a prohibition, you won't be able to drive for a certain amount of time.​

Types of driving prohibitions

There are different types of driving prohibitions, including:

24-hour roadside prohibition

A prohibition issued to drivers impaired by alcohol, drugs, or both.

Immediate roadside prohibition

A three, seven, 30 or 90-day prohibition issued at the roadside to alcohol-impaired drivers under B.C.’s Motor Vehicle Act. Criminal charges may be laid separately.

​​Administrative driving prohibition (ADP)

A 90-day driving prohibition issued to impaired drivers under the Motor Vehicle Act. Criminal charges may be laid separately.

Unlicensed driver prohibition

A prohibition may be issued for repeat unlicensed-driving offences. The length of prohibition is indefinite until the driver becomes licensed.

Driver Improvement Program prohibitions

A prohibition may be issued to drivers because of a poor driving record, or for other reasons decided by the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles. The length of the driving prohibition is decided individually for each case.


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Driving prohibition review

You may be able to apply online for a driving prohibition review if you have an immediate roadside prohibition, an ADP or an unlicensed driver prohibition.​​

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