Your Drivers License Isn't Yours

Enhanced BC Driver's LicenceRegardless of the fact that I paid $75 to renew my driver's license, it isn't mine. In fact, it states on the back of the license that "This card remains the property of the issuing agency and must be surrendered upon request." If that request is made or the law requires its return there is no refund of fees and you must give it back.

There are three circumstances where ICBC may request that the license be returned to them. The first is where a person owes a motor vehicle related debt to ICBC, was dishonest in supplying information to obtain the license or owes certain fines or monetary penalties to the Government of B.C. This situation will result in the cancellation of the license and a demand for its return.

The second is where a person cannot find their driver's license and has obtained a duplicate copy of the original license. If the original is subsequently found, the original must be returned to ICBC immediately. Once found, it is also an offence to use the original license in place of the duplicate.

Finally, when a driver is prohibited or suspended from driving, they must immediately surrender the license when notified of the prohibition or suspension.

In all cases, failing to surrender the license is an offence. A person found in possession of a license that was not surrendered as required faces a traffic ticket with a ticketed amount of $109.

Reference Links:

Cancellation of Drivers License - Section 26.1(3) Motor Vehicle Act
Production of Liability Card, Duplicates - Section 33(3) Motor Vehicle Act
Cancellation of Driver's Licence - Section 61(2) Motor Vehicle Act


Driver's Licence

Years ago, when you wanted a Driver's Licence, you went to the Provincial Motor Vehicle Branch.  Now, you go to ICBC.  Does anybody else have a problem with the fact that we now go to an insurance corporation to get a driver's licence.  I guess this is what happens when our provincial government gets in bed with our provincial insurance company.  ICBC should not be in charge of issuing or revoking driver's licences.  They should get back to being the "Insurance Corporation of BC". 

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