If you have a valid driver's licence from another country or Canadian province and are registered as a student attending one of the specified educational institutions in BC, your licence will allow you to drive in BC for as long as you are a full-time student. Other new residents who plan to drive have 90 days after they move to British Columbia to get a BC driver's licence.
Getting a BC driver's licence (BC Services Card) if you're not a full-time student
Applications for BC driver's licences are available at all driver licensing offices. To locate the one nearest you, visit the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC).
If you come from certain countries (including Japan and South Korea), you do not need to take a driver’s test in BC. You will need to bring your current driver’s licence, two pieces of ID and the licence fee to a driver licensing office. If your driver's licence and ID are in a language other than English or French, you must also carry a certified translation of it. You must switch to a BC driver’s licence within 90 days of moving here. You will need to prove that you have at least 2 years of driving experience.
Citizens of other countries need to take a driving test in BC. Driving tests can also be scheduled at driver licensing offices or booked online.
Please note than when you qualify for your new BC licence, you will need to surrender your previous licence to ICBC. BC law requires that you only have one driver's licence.