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BC Driver's Licence

All drivers in British Columbia must have a valid (legal) driver’s licence. If you are a new BC resident, and have a valid driver’s licence from your country or from another province of Canada, you can use your licence for 90 days, but you must apply for a BC Driver's Licence within 90 days.

If you are a visitor, you can drive in BC for up to 6 months with a valid driver’s licence from your country. If you hold an International Driving Permit (Website. New window.), you must also carry the accompanying foreign licence.

If you have a licence from the United States, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, South Korea or another province of Canada, you may not need to take the knowledge test or road test. You can apply for a BC licence right away.

If your driver’s licence is from anywhere else, you will need to take a knowledge test and a road test. Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) driver licensing offices have free books you can study for the knowledge test. They are in English only.

Find your local ICBC Driver Licensing Office (Website. New window.) for more information.