BC Class 4 License ICBC Guide For Drivers

Class 4 BC

What is a BC Class 4 License?

The Class 4 License in BC is a driver’s license that has two options: Restricted Class 4 for driving vehicles with up to nine passengers (taxi, limousine, ambulance, Uber, Lyft), and Unrestricted Class 4 for driving vehicles and buses with a seating capacity of no more than 25 people including the driver (school buses, Handy Dart, etc.) Or check out my new article: A Day in the Life of a Handy Dart Driver.

BC Class 4

How Much Does it Cost to Get a BC Class 4 License?

  • $15 for a Class 4 knowledge test
  • $40 for the road test
  • $28 for the commercial medical processing fee
  • The cost of replacing your current driver’s license with a Class 4 credential ($17, or $75 for a new license if the current expiry date is within 6 months)
  • The cost of Class 4 driving lessons (unless you’re good friends with the right person)
ICBC Class 4 Driver's License
ICBC Class 4 Driver's License

What Does a BC Class 4 License Cover?

BC Class 4 Restricted

What you can use it for:

  • Taxis (up to 10 people in total including the driver)
  • Limousines (up to 10 people in total including the driver)
  • Driving for Uber or Lyft
  • To drive ambulances
  • Special vehicles with a seating capacity of not more than 10 people (including the driver) used to transport people with disabilities
  • You can still drive any vehicle within Class 5

BC Class 4 – Unrestricted

What you can use it for:

  • To drive buses – maximum seating capacity of 25 people (including the driver)
  • School buses
  • Special activity buses
  • Special vehicles used to transport people with disabilities (like Handy Dart)
  • Taxis
  • Limousines
  • To drive for UberOpens in a new tab. or LyftOpens in a new tab.
  • To drive ambulances
  • To drive any vehicle in Class 5Opens in a new tab.

What is the Requirement for a BC Class 4 License?

The requirements to be able to get your BC Class 4 are as follows:

A full-privilege B.C. driver’s license (Class 5 or 6) or an out-of-province equivalent
• You must be 19 years of age or older
• You need a minimum of two years of non-learner driving experience
• Your driving record needs to show less than four penalty point incidents in the past two years
No driving-related criminal convictions within the past three years
• If you have any fines and debts owed to ICBC, these must be paid

How to Get Your Class 4 in BC

First, you’ll need to get your Class 4 learner’s license

  1. Pass the Class 4 knowledge test
  2. Take a vision test at one of the ICBC Driver Licensing Offices
  3. Disclose any medical conditions or physical disabilities that may affect your ability to drive
  4. A driver’s medical exam report may be required
  5. If you have no known medical conditions, you will get a medical exam report at the road test, to complete and submit after that appointment

The existence of a medical condition does not necessarily mean
you will not be able to get your commercial license.

Visit an ICBC Driver Licensing office and bring with you:

• Accepted primary and secondary ID
• Any glasses or contacts you need for the vision screening
• Payment for the knowledge test ($15)
• If you moved from another province or country less than three years ago, bring your three-year driving record

When you’re ready to get your full Class 4 license, you’ll need to:

  • Pass a Class 4 road test, including a pre-trip inspection test
  • Provide your driver’s medical exam (fees are charged by the doctor’s office) after the road test
  • Upon passing your road test, you’ll then hold a full Class 4 license

What to bring for your Class 4 Road Test

  • Accepted ID
  • Glasses or contacts
  • Payment
  • Your current license and your commercial learner’s license
  • A safe, reliable vehicle for your road test
  • If you pass your test using a vehicle with a seating capacity of up to 10 (including the driver), you will get a restricted Class 4 license (the minimum required for ride-hailing)
  • If you pass your test using a vehicle with seating for 11-25, you’ll get an unrestricted Class 4 license


Carmen became a driving instructor at the age of 22 in North Vancouver, Canada and is an experienced writer, blogger, photographer, artist, philosopher, certified day dreamer and generally complicated human.

2 thoughts on “BC Class 4 License ICBC Guide For Drivers

  1. i would like to know from start to finish how long does it take to get your class 4?? how long do we have to wait to do the road test after passing knowledge test?

    1. Oh I’m not sure but I don’t think it’s a long wait since you already have your Class 5 and know how to drive. I couldn’t find the answer. But when I got my Class 4, I got my Class 4 Learner’s and took a few lessons and then did the test pretty quick after that..

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