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The Different Truck License Levels in BC

To legally operate a commercial vehicle, you must have a commercial truck license. These licenses come in various levels and each with their own restrictions and requirements. Whether you want to drive a semi-truck or operate a bus, you will need to get a commercial license and undergo training at a driving school.


Truck License Levels – Which One Do You Need?

The type of commercial truck license you will need depends on the commercial truck you will be driving. These licenses include:

  • Class 1 – A Class 1 license allows you to drive a semi-truck and any Class 1 through 5 vehicles (motorcycles are not included).
  • Class 2 – This allows you to drive a bus and any vehicle allowed in Class 4 or 5.
  • Class 3 – This permits you to drive any truck with more than two axles – including tow trucks and dump trucks.
  • Air Brake Highway Endorsement – This allows you to operate a large truck, bus, or RV equipped with air brakes on all roads and highways in British Columbia.
  • Air Brake Endorsement Off-Highway – This allows you to operate large vehicles with air brakes while transporting natural resources (such as logs) on designated logging roads.


How to Get Your Commercial Truck License

To apply for and receive an air brake license endorsement or a commercial truck license, you will need to:

  1. Complete an ICBC-approved air brake course. This comprehensive course teaches commercial drivers how to properly control their air brake-equipped vehicle.
  2. Complete an ICBC-approved Class 1 driving school course. This will include all theory and road tests and allow you to legally operate semi-trailers and other commercial vehicles. It will also allow you to complete your air brake endorsement.
  3. Take and pass the air brake knowledge test, as well as the practical test. Take and pass the Class 1 license test.
  4. Pay all applicable road test fees and license fees specific to the one you are applying for.


North Shore Driving School Ltd. offers ICBC-approved air brake license and Class 1 training courses in Surrey and surrounding areas. We can assist you with your commercial license needs and help you achieve each level of commercial license required. You and your loved ones will enjoy peace of mind knowing that you have been trained by an established driving school and have the necessary commercial truck license. Schedule your lesson today by calling 604-299-9292 or contact us online.