Receiving a motorcycle license in British Columbia isn’t technically that difficult. In many ways, it’s not that different from obtaining a full-privilege BC driver’s license. However, it is a rather long process with several steps. Exactly what steps you will need to go through will mostly depend on whether or not you already have a BC driver’s license. In any case, here’s what to expect from British Columbia’s motorcycle license process.
Candidates With Existing BC Licenses
Those who already have a BC driver’s license will find the motorcycle licensing process to be easier. If you fall into this category, your first step will be to pass a motorcycle knowledge test. This is a 40-question multiple choice test that usually takes about 30 minutes, although you can certainly take longer if you need more time. No appointment is necessary to take the test; you simply need to arrive at a driver’s licensing office with an ID and a $15 payment for the test fee. Those under the age of 19 will need permission from a parent or guardian to take the test.
Once you’ve passed the motorcycle knowledge test, you will receive a Class 6L motorcycle learner’s license. After you have had this license for at least 14 days, you will be able to complete the motorcycle skills test. This test lasts approximately 15 minutes and will test basic motorcycle riding skills such as handling the clutch and throttle, proper signalling, turning and braking.
Once you’ve had your Class 6L motorcycle license for at least 30 days, you will be eligible to take the Class 6 road test for your full privilege license. The license cost of $50 will be paid when you take your test.
Candidates Without Existing BC Licenses
The license requirements for those who do not have an existing BC driver’s license are similar to those who have a license. The biggest differences are that you will need to pass a passenger-vehicle knowledge test if you are a new driver, you will need to wait 30 days before taking the motorcycle skills test, and you will need to have an L license for at least 12 months before taking the Class 8 motorcycle road test. This will place you at the Novice stage of riding a motorcycle.
After 24 months of being at the Novice stage, you will be eligible to take the Class 6 motorcycle road test and earn your license.