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How to Get Your Driver’s License in Canada


In order to get your driver license in Canada, you must complete a driver knowledge training course and pass a knowledge and skills test. The process is different in each province, so be sure to check the requirements in your province, especially if you’re navigating the process while on a fiance visa. Let’s go over a detailed explanation of how to get your driver license in Canada.

G1 Knowledge Test

The very first thing you need to do is to pass the car knowledge test. The G1 test is a very crucial part of the process as it allows you to be eligible for a learner’s license, without which you can not go any further in the process. A G1 practice test can really ace the test since it familiarizes you with the actual questions of the test.

The test consists of 40 multiple-choice questions about road laws and traffic signs. You will be giving your test on a touchscreen monitor with a time limit of 30 minutes. However, you may take a couple of minutes more if you really need to. The test is not limited to English, there are options for Arabic, Cantonese, Croatian, French, Farsi, Mandarin, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

To book a test, you will need to visit an ICBC driver licensing office. And when you are about to go to book a test, you will have to bring along your B.C. driver’s license, BC Services card with a photo, or B.C. identification card with a photo on it. If you do not have it, you may bring a Canadian Birth Certificate issued by the province you were born in or your valid Canadian Passport.

And if you are not a Canadian (legally), you are to bring in your valid student permit, temporary resident permit, work permit, or visitor record form.


Now, for the secondary ID, you shall bring in a government-issued health care card or signed credit card or bank card, school ID card, or passport, whatever suits you the best. The secondary ID is the same for both cases, whether you are a Canadian or not.

Once you have successfully passed the g1 test, you will be given a learner’s license. You will be given a 6L class learner’s license if you are a full-privilege driver and an 8L class learner’s license if you are in the L or N stage.

A learner license has some restrictions, which are as follows:

  • You can only ride within plain view of a qualified supervisor who shall be at least 19 years of age in case of a 6L license. If you have an 8L license, your supervisor must be at least 25 years old.
  • The speed limit is 60km/h.
  • You can not ride with a passenger.
  • No riding during the night.
  • You must display the L sign if you are an 8L license holder.

Car Skills Test

This test is a practical test of your basic riding skills. The test is just 15 minutes long, and you are scored on your skills of using the clutch, turning, signaling, and braking.

If you hold a 6L learner’s license, you can take the test just after 14 days of having the license, however, if you hold an 8L learner’s license, you can only take the test after 30 days of having the license. You might be able to skip the test if you learned your bike riding course at a training school recognized by the ICBC office.

During this practical test, you should be able to:

  • identify the different controls of the bike
  • use hand signals
  • ride straight slowly
  • use the brake whenever necessary
  • accelerate and decelerate using gears
  • push the Car just using your strength
  • use the main stand and the side stand
  • slalom
  • turn, do u-turns, right turns, and three-point turns while riding
  • use the brake immediately without falling off

Your expertise on the Car will be judged based on the way you use the clutch brake, the way you accelerate, use brakes, shift gears, keep your legs on the pegs, and also if you hit any cones or miss any turns on the test.


After you pass this test, you will now be given your biker’s license, and the restriction of 60 km/h speed limit is removed as well as the restriction to ride only within a supervisor’s view. However, this is not the end of the process. From here, you will have to take a road test.

The road test is also of two different classes: the 6L road test and the 8L road test. You can take your 6L road test after having your 6L learner’s license for just 30 days, whereas you will have to wait for 24 months if you want to take the 8L road test being an 8L license holder.

So, there you have it. A detailed guide on how to get your Car license in Canada.