To help protect your identity and privacy, you need to show accepted ID at our driver licensing offices. Please double-check that you're bringing the right ID before coming in—it could save you an extra trip or other delays.
Answer a few quick questions online to make sure you bring
the right ID:
Confirm my required ID
You'll need to bring
two pieces of ID: one primary, one secondary.
Primary ID must clearly indicate your full name and date of birth.
Type of identification
B.C. driver's licence or learner's licence
BC Services Card (photo)
Combination driver's licence and BC Services Card
B.C. identification card (BCID)
Most Canadian birth certificates are accepted as primary ID. This is also accepted as a
Some examples of documents that are
not accepted include:
Canadian citizenship card/ certificate
Canadian immigration identification record
Permanent resident card (previously
Canadian record of landing)
Secure certificate of Indian Status
Student, work, visitor, or temporary-resident permit (IMM1442)
may be expired for up to one year except *passports.
Bank card (both your imprinted name and signature must appear on the card)
Birth certificate from foreign country
Canadian Forces ID
Correctional service conditional release card
Credit card (both your imprinted name and signature must appear on the card)
Department of National Defence 404 driver's licence
Driver's licence (Canadian or U.S.)
Employee ID card with photo
Foreign Affairs Canada or consular ID
Health card issued by a Canadian province or territory. Your name must be imprinted and include your signature and/or photo. (health cards with a signature to acknowledge organ donation are not accepted)
Native Status card
Parole certificate ID
Passport (Canadian or foreign, including U.S. passport card). *not accepted if expired
Pleasure craft operator (Boating licence - Canadian)
Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL)
Social insurance card (newer cards without a signature strip are not accepted)
Student card (school ID)
Each identification document must be an original, or a
true copy of the original, certified by the issuing government agency.
If your licence, driving record and ID are in a language other than English, they have to be translated by an
ICBC-approved translator. The fees and services vary for each translator-please contact them for more information.
If your name has changed (or is different from the name shown on your ID) you must
provide proof of this.
If you were born outside Canada and don't have the required primary ID, please contact
Citizenship and Immigration Canada at
1-888-242-2100. Otherwise, please
When you first become our customer we will take your full legal name and date of birth from what we call a foundation document. A foundation document is a type of identification that establishes or changes your full legal name and date of birth.
For changes to a surname due to a marriage or divorce, you'll also need to bring supporting documents that show the link from your birth surname to the surname(s) you wish to use.
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