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Driving a Motor Vehicle in British Columbia

Motor Vehicles

To operate a motor vehicle in British Columbia, you must have a valid driver's license. Drivers' license from the U.S. or from other countries and international drivers' licenses are accepted and valid in B.C.

Vehicles and holiday trailers that do not exceed 2.6 m. (8.6 feet) in width will generally have no problems entering B.C. Permits will be issued at port of entry, if required. Motor vehicle registration forms should be carried in your vehicle at all times.

If it's a rental unit from a rental company, you should carry a copy of the rental contract with permitted entry into Canada.

Three unit RV combinations are illegal on B.C. highways, as they usually do not meet the minimum 5,000 kg (11,000 lbs.) weight restriction.

Motor Vehicle Insurance

U.S. motorists should obtain a "Canadian Non-Resident Interprovincial Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance Card" from their insurance company. All out of country visitors, before leaving home should check out their motor vehicle insurance needs with their insurance company. Anyone involved in a motor vehicle accident, while visiting B.C., should contact the nearest Insurance Corporation of British Columbia office for advice.


It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle in B.C. without a valid driver's licence.

When driving or travelling in B.C., the law is, that drivers and passengers must use seat belts while in a motor vehicle. Infant car seats are required for all children weighing up to 18 kg (40 lbs.).

Motorcycle and bike helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.

It is a criminal offence to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The limit is .08%, anything over this reading means you are impaired and will be subject to the law.


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