Getting Your Licence Back After a Prohibition or Suspension

After serving your driving prohibition, you may apply to have your licence reinstated.

If you were under an administrative driving prohibition (that is, the prohibition was issued by police or by the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles), you may have been required to enrol and complete the Responsible Driver Program. If so you may apply to have your licence reinstated after the prohibition ends, and may drive while participating in the program.

If your licence was suspended indefinitely — you must wait a minimum of five years before you may apply to have you driver's licence reinstated. See Indefinite Licence Suspension Fact Sheet (PDF). Note: If you were required to enroll in the Responsible Driver Program, the program must be completed before you may apply to have your driver’s licence reinstated. Failure to complete the program will result in your licence suspension continuing indefinitely. See Responsible Driver Program page on this website.

If your licence was suspended due to an impaired driving conviction under the Criminal Code of Canada, you may have to complete the Responsible Driver Program before you may apply to have your driver’s licence reinstated.

When you visit an ICBC Driver Licensing Centre to apply to have your driver's licence re-instated, you will have to pay all the fees for re-licensing and any fines that may be owing. You will also have to take any necessary tests. Refer to the ICBC website for more information on how to apply for the reinstatement of your driver's licence.