ICBC defines ‘spouse’ (FYI for ‘N’ driving restrictions)

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Apparently the definition of a spouse is in the motor vehicle act regulations, but who reads those? (oh yeah, me)

 

Those with ‘N’ restrictions and common-law relationships may find this useful.

 

“The definition under section 30.01 of the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations defines a spouse as a person who was married to another person at the relevant time or who was living for at least 2 years immediately before the relevant time in a marriage-like relationship, including a marriage-like relationship between persons of the same gender.” (ICBC).


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9 thoughts on “ICBC defines ‘spouse’ (FYI for ‘N’ driving restrictions)”

  1. Do I need proof of shared residence to drive over the border with my spouse and a friend? Will they accept our ID’s with the same adress? With my N that is.

  2. So now i have another question, its a little complicated. I live with my fiancee, commonlaw, and in the same household lives her sister and her husband. we have lived all together for 2 years now, would my room mate be able to drive the 3 of us around together?

    • Hi,

      The passenger restriction does not apply to immediate family members: mother, father, sister, brother, child, spouse, grandparent, grandchild; including step and foster relationships.

      The definition under section 30.01 of the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations defines a spouse as a person who was married to another person at the relevant time or who was living for at least 2 years immediately before the relevant time in a marriage-like relationship, including a marriage-like relationship between persons of the same gender. (ICBC).

      So, it looks like you can drive with them only if you have been living together for at least 2 years. Technically it doesn’t say “living together” it says “living in a marriage-like relationship” but that would be my guess.

        • “Immediate Family Member” means a spouse, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, sibling, step-parent, step-grandparent, step-child, step-grandchild, step-brother, step-sister, foster parent, foster grandparent, foster child, foster grandchild, foster brother or foster sister;

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