Truck and bus drivers require
a commercial class of driver’s license
and must meet certain prerequisites before being tested for
a commercial license.
Before you start the commercial license application process,
- Hold a full-privilege B.C.
(Class 5 or 6) or an
- Have an acceptable driving record that shows:
- Less than 4 penalty point incidents in the past
two years and
- No motor vehicle-related criminal conviction
in the previous three years
- Be at least 19 years old for a Class 1, 2 or 4 license
years old for a Class 3 license
- Not owe any fines or debts to ICBC or the province
- Present acceptable identification
In addition, anyone applying for
a commercial driver’s
license must pass a medical examination ,
including vision and hearing. People with certain
medical or physical conditions may not qualify for a commercial
brake endorsement for vehicles that
are air brake equipped may also be required.
Class 1 licenses are required to operate any
motor vehicle or combination of vehicles except motorcycles.
Class 2 licenses are required to operate buses
or a combination of vehicles without air brakes where the towed
vehicles weigh more than 4,600 kilograms.
Class 3 licenses are required to operate any
motor vehicle with three or more axles (e.g., dump trucks and
large ton trucks), a combination of vehicles with air brakes
when the towed vehicle weighs less than 4,600 kilograms or
a combination of vehicles without air brakes when the towed
vehicle weigh more than 4,600 kilograms. Buses that
are being used to transport passengers are excluded from this
class of license.
Class 4 licenses are required to operate buses
for people with disabilities. A restricted Class 4 license
allows a person to operate a vehicle with a seating capacity
of no more than 10 persons (including the driver). An
unrestricted Class 4 license allows a person to operate any
small bus that seats a maximum of 25 persons (including the
Details on commercial licences and air brake endorsements
are on ICBC's
Remember, obtaining a professional class of driver’s
license in B.C. is only the first step. Professional
drivers need to know much more
than what is tested by ICBC. Click
here for more information on training resources for professional