| Driver's licence
|How long is my driver's licence from another
place valid in BC?
|If you hold a valid driver's licence, you can use it
to drive in BC for up to 90 days. Non-residents such as tourist
can drive in BC for up to six months with a valid driver's licence
from outside BC. After that time, you must have a valid BC driver's
licence to drive here.
|If you hold a valid driver's licence from your home
jurisdiction and are registered as a student and attending a
specified BC educational institution, you do not need to get
a BC driver's licence.
|Applying for your BC driver's licence
|It is best to apply for your BC driver's licence well
within 90 days of moving to BC. You must be at least 16 years
old to apply.
You may be required to surrender your out-of-province
licence, and qualify on driver examinations including a knowledge
test, vision screening and a road test.
New residents who hold a Canadian, American, Austrian,
German, Swiss, Japanese, or South Korean licence can usually
complete their licence exchange the same day; knowledge and
road testing may not be required.
|Vehicle registration and insurance
|How do I register my vehicle so I can drive
it in BC?
|If you move here with a motor vehicle, or if you are
a returning resident to BC and you move here, you must register.
license, and insure it within 30 days of your arrival if you
intend to operate it here. Vehicles intended for commercial
use must be registered, licensed and insured immediately.
Before you can register or insure the vehicle in BC, it
must undergo a mechanical safety inspection. Rebuilt, altered
or constructed vehicles also require a structural inspection.