About BC Licensing
There are 3 main types of drivers license you have to get in order to drive a passenger car in BC.
  • 7L Class
  • 7 Class
  • 5 Class

About the graduated licensing program (GLP) in B.C.

The Graduated Licensing Program (GLP) is designed to help reduce crashes through restrictions in the Learner’s (L) licence stage and the Novice (N) licence stage. Getting your first B.C. driver's licence is an exciting time! However, driving is especially risky when you lack experience as a new driver. Not only are new drivers more prone to crash, one in four of their crashes result in an injury or fatality. Graduated licensing is a two-stage program designed to help you become a safe driver for life—and reduce your risk of crashing while learning. As a new driver, it typically takes 36 months to get your driver's licence.

Information about the learner The Learner’s (L) licence stage:

The first stage is the Learner’s L stage (L) licence with restrictions to help reduce the risks while learning to drive.

After 12 months of prohibition-free driving, you qualify to take your first road test – the Class 7 road test. You can stay in the Learner’s (L) stage as long as you need to. Your Learner’s (L) licence is valid for 2 years, but can be renewed by re-qualifying on the Knowledge Test in the Learner’s (L) stage. Once you pass the road test, you will receive a Novice (N) licence.

To obtain a B.C. driver’s licence, you must be 16 years old (If under 19, bring your parent or legal guardian to sign for your application.)

Information about the novice stage of the Graduated Licensing Program The Novice (N) licence stage:

For the Novice (N) stage some of the Learner’s (L) licence stage restrictions are removed. You will be eligible to take the second Class 5 road test to exit the GLP after 24 months of probation-free driving in the Novice (N) licence stage.

Once you pass this test, you will graduate to your full-privilege driver's licence.

Want to reduce your Novice (N) stage by six months?

You can reduce your Novice (N) licence stage by six months by taking an ICBC-approved driver education course. The approved course must be taken while you are still in the Learner's (L) stage and you must be prohibition free, not get any violation tickets, or have any at-fault crashes in order to keep your six month reduction.

You can read more about all of the different types of the license on the ICBC website. You may also need to learn the BC RoadSence.