Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) is a provincial crown corporation that provides compulsory public auto insurance in the province of British Columbia. It is mainly responsible for providing driving licenses, vehicle registration and insuring various road safety initiatives.
It is required by law that any vehicle registered and driven on the streets of B.C. be covered by ICBC’s basic insurance package called “Autoplan”. That is why an ICBC address change is an important step to take in your moving process – and this article is here to help!
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Virtually everybody who has a car and is registered with ICBC’s insurance package is required to notify them of their new address. Moreover, it is required to change the address on your driver’s licence or BCID within 10 days of moving. The BCID card is an alternative to a driver’s licence, if you’re not a driver.
Four options are offered to you:
If you are coming to B.C. from another province, you have 90 days to switch over your licence. In the meantime, however, you are still allowed to drive with your existing, valid licence.
Note that you need have at least 2 years of experience as a non-learner to get a B.C. licence.
To apply for a B.C. licence, you must go to any driver licensing office in B.C., with these following documents in hand:
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No worries! If you happen to not have two years of driving experience with a full-privilege, non-learner licence (or if you can’t prove it), you are still able to get a B.C licence by going through the graduated licensing program. And, good thing is you’ll get credit for however long you have been driving, so those long months of driving won’t go to waste!
As you probably know, there are multiple other organizations, companies and agencies you need to inform of your new address. To make sure you don’t forget any, refer to our complete checklist for changes of address in British Columbia for a comprehensive list of the organisms to notify, as well as the the best time to do so!
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