Q&A - Alberta Learner Moved to BC

New Driver Signs 2011i have my alberta learners license and have had it for 9 years now... i moved back to bc a couple months ago i was wondering will i have to apply for my bc learners license before i can take the drivers test or will i be fine just how i am?? ifi do have to apply for my bc learners am i going to have to have it for the designated time before i can take the test?? or  would i just be better off going back to alberta to take the test?



I've contacted ICBC for advice on this query and will have a full answer as soon as they reply.

In the meantime, if "a couple of months" is more than 90 days you already require a BC driver's licence in order to drive legally.

Jurisdictional requirements?

Pretty sure ICBC will give credit for the time an Alberta Learner License has been held, so long as you can prove that experience; but that you'll need to qualify for, and switch to a BC Learner License if only to get into 'the system' to be able to book a driving test here (once that's done you should be eligible to take a test the same day, theoretically).

There's a very useful page on the ICBC site here.

Incidentally, if you went back to Alberta to do the test there, you would still need to switch your Alberta license to a BC one anyway once you came back to BC, so you might as well switch the Learner License over and take the test here.

Answer from ICBC

Learner licences are not transferrable or renewable. You will be required to do our knowledge test as some of the rules and regulations are different but you will be accredited for your learner time from Alberta. If you have more than twelve months of learner experience, you will be able to go for your road test as soon as you are ready. The waiting period will be waived. Please attend one of our driver licensing offices and ensure you bring the required identification.

If you have further questions about driver licensing, please call ICBC Customer Contact at 1-800-950-1498. A representative is available to assist you by telephone between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time Monday through Friday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

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