Getting Your License

How To Get Your Learner’s License (Class 7L)

Obtain a copy of Learn to Drive Smart online or from any Driver Services Centre.

Study the guide thoroughly to prepare for your written knowledge test.
If you are 16 years of age or older, you can take the computerized knowledge test at any Driver Services Centre. No appointment is needed. However, if you are under 19, a parent or legal guardian must be present to sign for your Learner’s License Class 7L

The test consists of 50 questions including road sign questions. You must score at least 40 and pass a vision test to receive your Class 7L license.

Take the Road Ready Quiz.

Conditions With a Class 7L License

You must observe the following restrictions and rules:
A supervisor who is 25 years of age or older with a valid Class 1-5 driver’s license must accompany you when you drive.
You must wait a minimum of 12 months to attempt the Road Test.
You may have a maximum of two passengers in your vehicle, including the supervisor.
You cannot drive between midnight and 5:00am.
You must have 0% blood alcohol content.
You must display the “L” sign on the rear of your vehicle.
Failure to comply with any of these restrictions can result in an $86 fine and 3 demerit points!

At this time it is a good idea to take lessons with a professional driving instructor to form safe and responsible driving habits.

The First Road Test (Class 7)

This 45-minute examination will test you on:

Driving situations and rules of the road, including starting, stopping, turning, passing vehicles, and land driving.
Driving through controlled and uncontrolled intersections
Parallel parking and backing up
Anticipation of hazardous conditions
Other safe driving practices like driving the right speed and steering techniques
Cornering techniques
Proper lane usage
General observation
Once you pass you First Road Test you move into the second stage of graduated licensing – your Class 7 License. This license is valid for five years. You must display a green “N” sign while driving. Check with the ICBC regarding other restrictions in this stage.

The Second Road Test (Class 5)

You can apply for your Second Road Test anytime after gaining 24 months of driving experience with your Class 7 License. This is a more advanced 60 minute test to see how your driving skills have developed. When you pass, you will receive a full-privilege Class 5 driver’s license.

If requirements, fees, and how to book:

You should book the Class 5 road test in advance. The Class 5 road test fee is $50. Please be sure to bring required ID. This is important for processing your application. Once you pass, you will also need to pay for your new license. The fee is $17 if your current license will expire in more than 6 months or $75 if your current license will expire in 6 months or less.

If you don’t pass, you may take the test again after 7 days for another $50 fee.
* If you don’t pass the second time, you’ll have to wait 14 days for another re-test and pay another $50 fee.

Class 5 & Class 7 Conditions
With a Class 5 or Class 7 license you may operate:
● a two-axled motor vehicle except for those listed under exclusions
● a motor home (including those with more than 2 axles)
● a limited speed motorcycle (moped)
● an all-terrain vehicle or all-terrain cycle
● a construction vehicle
● a two-axled vehicle with towed vehicles, provided the towed vehicles in that combination don’t exceed 4,600 kilograms

Exclusions:
These two-axled vehicles cannot be operated with a Class 5 or 7 license:
● a motorcycle
● a bus
● school bus
● special activity bus
● special vehicle
● taxi or
● ambulance when used as designed
Minimum age: 16

Note: You may operate a school bus with a Class 5 or 7 license provided that the bus is a passenger vehicle with a seating capacity of not more than 10 passengers including the driver (refer to the Motor Vehicle Act Regulation 11.01).