|Steps to getting your first driver’s licence.
Here is how you get started
- Be prepared and study
Before coming in, prepare yourself as much as possible by studying the driving guide and taking our free online practice knowledge test service.
- Apply for your Learner’s (Class 7L) driver’s 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).
- You must pass a Knowledge Test, and a vision screening test.
More on getting your Learner’s (L) Licence ».
- Learner’s stage driving
After passing the Knowledge Test and meeting all application requirements, you’ll get a Class 7 Learner’s (L) licence that is valid for 2 years. You must obey the L restrictions while you learn to drive. During this time you must drive with a qualified supervisor. Read the Tuning up for Drivers guide to get additional tips on driving during your learner stage.You will have your Learner’s (L) for at least 12 months before you can take your Class 7 road test. More on the L stage ».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).
- Class 7 road test
After 12 months in the learner’s stage, you are eligible to take your Class 7 road test. Your knowledge, road manoeuvers, “See-Think-Do” approach and hazard spotting ability will be tested.
More on the Class 7 Road Test ».
- Novice stage of Graduated Licensing Program (GLP)
When you pass the Class 7 road test, you’ll be given a Class 7 Novice (N) licence. You will need to display an N sign and obey the N restrictions. You will remain in the N stage for at least 24 months. More on the N stage ».
- Full privilege class 5 road test
After 24 months in the Novice (N) stage, you may take the second road test – the Class 5 road test. Take the test when you feel ready. Once you pass, you will be given the full privilege class 5 licence.