To obtain a driver’s license in British Columbia is a topic that encompasses several factors, like knowledge and payments but most important patience and persistence.

Once you arrived in B.C. You have 90 days to switch over your license. The driving test is divided in two sections:

First part is the knowledge test, for this test  you have to answer 40 of the 50 questions correctly to pass it. The knowledge test has a cost of $15 cad. 

You can study for the knowledge test through the guides or app that ICBC has on their website or with the free book that you would find in ICBC offices. 

The second part of the test is a practical test. It is a practical driving test that takes 45 minutes.

The cost of this test depends on the license that you have. 

The documents that you should carry out the process are the following: 

• Required ID

•Your current driver’s license

•Fee for your license

•Proof of driving experience.

If your license or driving record is in a language other than English, an ICBC-approved translator located in B.C. would need to translate your documents.

Types of Driver license 

ICBC (Insurance Corporation of British Columbia) delivers different types and classes of driver’s license depending on everyone’s need, the most common license is the Class 5-passenger vehicle license which you can use for:

• To drive cars, vans, trucks, construction, utility vehicles (2 axles maximum) and motorhomes (may exceed 2 axles)

• To tow trailers or vehicles up to 4,600kg

• To ride a limited speed motorcycle or an all-terrain vehicle (ATV)

• To ride 3-wheeled vehicles but does not include 3-wheeled motorcycles (trikes) or motorcycle/sidecar combinations

To Prepare for your visit to a B.C. driver license office. Double-checking what ID you need, how much you’ll have to pay, and how to book your appointments.

For detailed information, join our Podcast where Marcos Arzuaga (expert on the subject) will provide you  tips and advice. So obtaining your driver license would be a  success.

Lucía Garrido 


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