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Driver Penalty Point Premium

Drivers with more driving offences or convictions get involved in more crashes than other drivers. If you’ve accumulated points on your driving record, you could receive a bill for a driver premium. There are two different driver premium programs, both of which are assessed annually – the Driver Penalty Points Premium and the Driver Risk Premium.

Changes coming to help make rates more fair

ICBC is working with the provincial government on a number of changes to make insurance fairer for all British Columbians. As part of these changes the amounts charged for the Driver Risk Premium and Driver Penalty Point Premium have increased. Listed below are the new premiums that take effect November 1, 2018. 

Find out more about how we're making rates more fair.

Driver penalty points

Driver Penalty Point Premium

Driver Penalty Points are collected on your driving record through traffic offences. Each offence carries a different number of points. Each year we look at the total number of points you received during a 12-month period we call your "assessment period." Your assessment period may include driving offences during an earlier period which have only recently been recorded on your driving record.

If you collect more than three points on your driving record during the assessment period, you'll pay a Driver Penalty Point (DPP) premium.  

With increased enforcement in communities throughout B.C., having multiple infractions can now put a serious dent in your wallet. The more penalty points on your driving record, the more you'll pay as a result.

Driver Penalty Points are separate from Autoplan insurance premiums. They are billed even if you don't own or insure a vehicle.

How much will I pay?

The premium ranges from $175 for four points to $24,000 for 50 or more points. To find out how much you will pay, compare the number of points on your driving record with the table of Driver Penalty Point premiums.

Driver Risk Premium

Some offences or convictions, such as excessive speeding, may apply to both the Driver Penalty Point program and the Driver Risk Premium. You will be billed once per year under the program that results in the higher premium.

More information

For questions about your personal situation, contact us.​

Pay a Driver Penalty Point Premium

Pay a Driver Penalty Point Premium

If you've received a bill for a Driver Penalty Point premium, you have 30 days from the invoice date to pay it. Your bill can be paid in person or by mail.

In person

Please bring the bill we sent to you and pay it at one of the following locations:

We accept major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express), debit, cash, money orders, and personal cheques.

By mail

Be sure to include:

  1. payment

    • by cheque or money order, payable to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, or

    • by credit card with the completed Visa, MasterCard, or American Express form that was attached to your bill

  2. the completed remittance slip attached to the bill, or a note with the following details about the multiple-crash premium:

    • the bill number

    • your full name

    • address

    • driver's licence number, and

    • date of birth.

Mail to:

ICBC Revenue Accounting
151 West Esplanade
North Vancouver, BC V7M 3H9

For your security, don’t send cash in the mail.

Disputing points

By paying a traffic ticket, you’re accepting guilt and the points associated with the ticket. The only way to dispute penalty points is by disputing the ticket that you have received. Tickets and points are kept on your driving record for five years.​

Driver Penalty Points premium chart

Driver Penalty Point Premium chart

The Driver Penalty Point premium you need to pay depends on the total number of points you accumulate in a 12-month period. These points stay on your driving record for five years, but you only pay the premium once.

Driver Risk Program may also apply

Some offences or convictions, such as excessive speeding, may apply to both the Driver Penalty Point program and the Driver Risk Program. You will be billed once per year under the program that results in the higher premium.

Number of penalty points Annual Driver Penalty Point premium $
0-3Nil
4$210
5$276
6$360
7$498
8
$624
9$768
10$1,086
11$1,296
12$1,512
13$2,016
14$2,304
15$2,592
16$2,976
17$3,360
18
$3,744
19$4,128
20$4,512
21
$4,992
22$5,472
23$5,952
24$6,432
25$6,912
26$7,488
27$8,064
28$8,640
29$9,216
30$9,792
31$10,464
32$11,136
33$11,808
34$12,576
35$13,344
36$14,112
37$14,880
38$15,648
39$16,416
40$17,472
41$18,432
42$19,392
43$20,352
44$21,312
45$22,272
46$23,424
47$24,576
48$25,728
49$26,880
50 or more$28,800

Reducing your Driver Penalty Point premium

Reducing your Driver Penalty Point premium

You can reduce or eliminate your driver penalty point premium if you give up your driver's licence for a temporary period.

Options for reducing your driver penalty point premium

You have two options to reduce the cost of your driver penalty point (DPP) premium:

  1. If you give up your driver's licence for one year from your birthday, your DPP premium can be eliminated.
  2. If you give up your licence for at least 30 days during your billing period, your DPP premium could be reduced.

Premium reductions are also available to drivers who have been prohibited, suspended or who are off the road for certain other reasons. Remember that there are fees to re-instate your licence.

How to get your premium reduced

  1. Go to a driver licensing office to turn in your licence.
  2. When your time without a licence (minimum 30 days) has passed, call ICBC to find out how much you now owe.
  3. Pick up your re-issued licence from your driver licensing office.
  4. Pay what is owed on your DPP premium and your fee.

Suspended and prohibited drivers

If you have been suspended or prohibited from driving for 60 days or more, you’re eligible for a DPP premium reduction. These 60 days must have been completed within the billing period.

To get your premium reduced:

  1. Call ICBC when your suspension ends to find out how much you now owe.
  2. Re-instate your licence by attending one of our driver licensing offices.
  3. Pay what is owed on your DPP premium as well as the re-instatement fee and licence fee.

Have you been out of B.C. or off the road?

A DPP premium reduction is also available if, for 30 days during your billing period, you were:

  • living in another province and held a driver's licence from there
  • staying in a country other than Canada or the U.S.
  • incarcerated, or
  • not operating a vehicle for medical reasons.

To be eligible, you need documentation showing that one of these conditions applies to you.

Disputing points

By paying a traffic ticket, you’re accepting guilt and the points associated with the ticket. The only way to dispute penalty points is by disputing the ticket that you have received. Tickets and points are kept on your driving record for five years.​