L and N Drivers in the USA? Yes, You Can [2022]


Wondering if L and N drivers can cross the border into our friendly USA neighbours and have an adventure? Yes, you can drive anywhere in Canada & in the U.S. with your L (learner) or N (new driver) license. You just need to follow your restrictions as usual. Check out my YouTube channelOpens in a new tab. for fresh videos.

L and N Drivers in the USA

The very simple answer to this is YES, absolutely.

Follow Your ICBC Restrictions When Travelling To Faraway Lands

Just be sure to follow all of the same restrictions printed on the back of your driver’s license.

For example, yours might say stuff like: must display the official L -learner- or N -new driver- sign, zero alcohol, passenger restrictions, restrictions around needing to wear glasses or contacts, etc.


What To Do In The States?

The possibilities are endless. I mean, you could start with a little day trip to Seattle or even the Seattle Premium Outlet MallOpens in a new tab. at TulalipOpens in a new tab.. Or if you’re really feeling brave and adventures, drive across the entire country. Or drive around in a circle. Let me know how your adventure goes!

Keep in mind our Canadian dollars aren’t worth quite the same, so bring some extra cash. And also remember that sometimes you may have to pay duty on the way back.

But I am sure it will be worth it.

Some ideas:

Can you drive in the states with a Canadian license?

Yes, Canadians can drive virtually anywhere in the United States, as long as your drivers license is valid. Drivers should be free of any medical conditions that would make it unsafe to be driving. You can drive on your Canadian license for up to three months when visiting our friendly U.S. neighbours. You can also rent a vehicle.

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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.

7 thoughts on “L and N Drivers in the USA? Yes, You Can [2022]

  1. I’m looking to do a 6-month internship in California, they require me a a valid class C driver’s license. Is that the same as Class 5 here in B.C.?

    1. Hey I’m not sure, obviously I need to write an article about peopel to moving other places, etc. Thanks for the idea!

  2. My son is going to school in USA and has a L. He would like to take lessons there – can he drive or take lessons with just his BC L?
    He will be spending 10 months a year in the states

    1. Hi, each state may have different rules. Which state is it? I’m not sure, but I can see if I can look it up.

  3. I’m soon moving to New York state in the next 6 months for university and I just recently acquired a Class 7N license in BC with GLP. I have no plan of going back to Canada to complete the full license since I’m already an international student here and my student Visa will expire late this year. How will my BC class 7N license translate to a New York license and will I have to retake any road tests to get the license?

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