All About Getting Your BC Drivers License

British Columbia has the tagline "Beautiful British Columbia" on it's BC drivers license plates, representing the exquisite coastline, parks, forests, towns and cities in the province. Having a BC drivers licence can make a big difference for both travel and job seekers. No matter the reason a person wants to acquire one, it's definitely worth the time and effort required to acquire a BC drivers license.

The ICBC is a crown corporation that is responsible for driver licensing and ID services for all British Columbia drivers. Thousands of British Columbia residents look to get their BC drivers license every year. At, we want to help make the ICBC licensing process as easy as possible for anyone wanting to drive in BC. Drivers wanting to learn more about the BC graduated license system, or new drivers who want to test themselves with a BC class 7 practice test, can all benefit from our resources.

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What kind of British Columbia Driver's License do you need?

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At, we have compiled information on most kinds of British Columbia driver's license types. Not all aspiring British Columbia drivers are looking for a BC car drivers license or a BC motorcycle drivers license. Some are in need of more specialized types of licenses such as the BC truck license, or a BC bus license, a BC air brake license or a BC boat license. Regardless of what kind of BC drivers license you need, we have you covered.

A BC Drivers License Comes With a Great Deal of Responsibility

Just like the other provinces and territories in Canada, every British Columbia driver needs to understand that it's essential to follow the British Columbia road rules and road signs at all times. This ensures a safe driving experience for everyone. As a BC drivers license holder, it is your responsibility to be completely focused, non-distracted and committed to maintaining road safety at all times. If you have any doubts about your driving knowledge, try our BC road rules practice exam and our BC Class 7 road signs practice exam. It takes about fifteen minutes to complete each one, and they are a great way to quickly refresh your driving knowledge.

Drive on the Right Side

In Canada, you must drive on the right side of the road. This means all Canadian cars are built with the driver's seat on the left side of the vehicle. Very rarely will you come across an imported car that was built to drive on the left side of the road?

Watch for Pedestrians

BC drivers license holders must respect the rights of cyclists and pedestrians, and always stop for pedestrians crossing the street. Many large cities now also have bike lanes on major roads so it's important to always be aware of cyclists when driving in British Columbia.

Respect Other Drivers

In addition to looking out for pedestrians and cyclists, BC drivers license holders must also respectfully share the road with other drivers. Yielding the right of way, being courteous and being aware of all drivers on the road helps prevent frustration and maintain safe roadways.

Obey Speed Limits

Always be aware of the speed limits around you. Make sure you know the exact speed limit allowed on your residential roads as well as highways. Speeding can prove to be extremely dangerous and can result in fines and licence suspensions.

Do Not Leave Children in the Car

It is illegal to leave children unaccompanied in a vehicle. Hot and cold temperatures can prove to be very dangerous, even for a short period of time, so never leave children in the car even if you're going to be back soon.

School Bus Rules

If you see a school bus with alternating flashing lights, you must stop regardless of which direction (front or back) you are coming from. All vehicles in all lanes must come to a complete stop until the school bus turns off its flashing lights and starts to move.

Driving Under the Influence

It's illegal to drive when under the influence of any substance (drugs or alcohol) which may impair your ability to maintain control of your vehicle and drive safely. When your judgement is impaired, you are a risk to both yourself and the people around you.

No Handheld Devices

Unless your cell phone or tablet is hands-free, you cannot operate it while driving. This applies to when you're stopped at a red light or slowed in traffic as well. If caught for using a hand-held device while driving, the penalty is a fine of $368 and four demerit points.

Looking to Get Your Licence in a Different Province?

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Depending on where you live, the process of getting your licence can differ. Choosing your province or territory allows us to direct you to the right people and resources who can provide the best possible driver licensing information.