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Driving in BC

Auto insurance

British Columbia has a mandatory public automobile insurance system through the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC). ICBC offers Basic Autoplan coverage as well as a variety of optional plans, such as additional liability and collision insurance. Optional coverage is also available through private companies; please consult the Yellow Pages.

As a member of the University of Victoria Faculty Association, you are also a member of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). CAUT offers affinity programs that include car insurance, car rentals, home insurance, mortgages, etc.

Before moving to British Columbia, please visit ICBC’s website for information on vehicle insurance and inspections. To ensure that your prior driving experience is taken into account when your insurance premiums are calculated, it is advisable to obtain a record of your driving history from your current insurer before you arrive in Victoria.

Obtaining a BC driver's licence

In order to continue driving in the province, you will need to obtain a BC driver's license within 90 days of your arrival. New residents who hold a Canadian, American, Austrian, German, Swiss, Japanese or South Korean license can usually complete their license exchange the same day. New residents who hold any other type of driver's license will need to take a road test. For further information on driver's licenses including documents required and location of driver licensing offices, visit the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) website.

Bringing a vehicle into Canada

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