Graduated Licensing To become fully licensed, new British Columbia drivers must pass all steps of the province’s graduated licensing program. How Do I Get Insured As a New Driver?Before you buy auto insurance, you need to apply to complete British Columbia’s 3-step licensing process and meet basic qualifications set out by the government. To get started, you must:Be at least 16 years oldGet a parent or legal guardian to sign a consent form if you are less than 19 years of agePass a knowledge test at an ICBC driver licensing office Pass a vision test. If you are using your parent or legal guardian’s car to learn, the person who owns the car should talk to a broker about Autoplan insurance coverage. Optional coverage is also available from private insurers. As you learn to drive, it’s important to understand the specific restrictions that apply to Learner (L) and Novice (N) drivers.How Long Does It Take to Become a Fully Licensed Driver?It takes approximately 3 years to pass the 3 tests (1 multiple-choice test and 2 road tests) and complete all steps of graduated licensing. Why Are There So Many Steps to Get Licensed?New drivers cause many traffic-related deaths and injuries. In response to accident statistics and successful licensing systems used in other countries, Canada’s provincial and territorial governments introduced new driver standards in the mid-2000s. Most programs include a multi-stage system with mandatory learner and intermediate stages that take place over set time periods before graduation to a full licence. What Happens To My Insurance If My Licence Is Suspended?You must report your licence suspension immediately to your ICBC Autoplan broker. If you commit a criminal infraction while driving, your driver’s licence can be suspended for 1 year, 3 years or indefinitely. If your licence is suspended, you must surrender it to ICBC until your suspension ends. Traffic violations are counted as penalty points on your driving record. IBC and Best Practices for Graduated Licensing in CanadaIBC has a history of advocating for improved road safety across the country. In 2005, with IBC’s support, the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF), an independent charitable road safety institute, created a report about best practices for graduated licensing in Canada. IBC circulated a draft of this report to all relevant contacts in driver licensing agencies, or their equivalent, in all jurisdictions across Canada. Auto Insurance Q&ATo steer you in the right direction, here are some basic questions to ask your insurance representative before you buy car insurance All About Auto InsuranceRegardless of where you live in Canada, auto insurance is required by law. You are not authorized to drive without it. Useful LinksBritish Columbia Ministry of TransportationMinistry of Transportation programs and services in the province of BC.Getting your Driver's LicenceReady to get your driver’s license? Know where to start? Know what to study? Read some tips and links that can help you obtain your provincial or territorial drivers license. Facility AssociationFacility Association’s mission is to administer the automobile insurance residual markets, enhance market stability, and guarantee the availability of automobile insurance to those eligible to obtain it. How Insurance WorksInsurers use a pool of many premiums to pay for the home, auto and business losses of Canadians unfortunate enough to experience a loss. You are covered for losses outlined in your contract only, not for predictable events.