BC - British Columbia
How To Get Your Learner's Licence (Class 7L)
First, obtain a copy of the Learn to Drive Smart safe driving guide by downloading it here. Study the guide thoroughly to prepare for your knowledge (computer) test.
If you are 16 years of age or older, you can take the computerized knowledge test at any ICBC Driver Services Centre. No appointment is needed, however if you are under the age of 19 a parent or legal guardian must be present to sign for your Learner's Licence Class 7L. The test consists of 50 questions including road sign questions and you must score at least 40 and pass a vision test to receive your Class 7L licence.
Conditions With a Class 7L Licence
While driving on your Class 7L Licence, 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 licence 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!
Incentives for Completing an ICBC Approved GLP Course:
Any GLP driver who completes an approved GLP Course may receive a six month Novice stage time reduction reward if they successfully complete the course within one year, and provided that they stay violation and at fault crash free during the first 18 months of the Novice stage. In addition to the 6 month Novice stage reduction, high school students who successfully complete a GLP course are also eligible to receive 2 credits towards graduation.
We know new drivers need both safe driving attitudes and skills to stay out of crashes and research shows driver training to be effective in new driver skill development. The six month Novice stage reduction and the 2 high school credits are rewards for completing comprehensive training and demonstrating safe driving attitudes and behaviors by staying out of crashes and following the rules of the road.
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
Proper lane usage
Once you pass you First Road Test you move into the second stage of graduated licensing - your Class 7 Licence. This licence 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 any time after gaining 24 months of driving experience with your Class 7 Licence or after only 18 months if you completed the Young Drivers of Canada Program (ICBC approved) as a new driver. 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 licence.
Road Test 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 licence. The fee is $17 if your current licence will expire in more than 6 months or $75 if your current licence 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.
For more information on ICBC requirements and GLP regulations, please visit the ICBC Driver Training Site.