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The Auto Insurance you Need when Driving Outside BC

You don’t need insurance coverage only when driving within B.C, you also need to be covered when driving outside B.C. ICBC provides the right coverage for you to stay protected anywhere in Canada and the United States, even in Hawaii and Alaska. However, you may need to change your insurance policy if your region requires you to license or register your vehicle. You may also need to change your coverage if you are mixing travel with business. If your vehicle will not be operated in B.C, you may need to register, license and insure your vehicle in the place you are visiting or living. Before you leave B.C, it is necessary to keep your insurance and driver’s license current. This is because you may not be covered in the event of a crash if your insurance expires.

Features and Benefits

When traveling outside B.C., especially to the U.S, you may need to increase your Third Party Liability. You can also opt for Extension Under-insured Motorist Protection to protect you and your family members from the cost of injuries caused by another driver who may not have sufficient insurance. You will not be protected if you travel outside Canada and the U.S.

  • The plan covers you when you drive out of B.C anywhere in Canada and even when on vacation to the United States.
  • You may need to change your coverage if you are mixing travel with business.
  • It is necessary to ensure that your driver’s license and insurance license has not expired before you travel. You may not be covered if your insurance license expires when you are involved in a crash.
  • It may be necessary to increase your Third Party Liability when traveling, especially to the United States.
  • With the Extension Under-insured Motorist Protection, you can protect you and your household from the cost of injuries caused by another driver with an insufficient insurance.
  • Your plan will not protect you if you travel outside of Canada and the United States.
  • You can get a refund of the Auto plan premium if you are outside of Canada and the United States for more than 30 days continuously.
  • To apply for a refund, you may need to provide proof of the date your vehicle entered and exited the other country and also a proof that your vehicle was outside of Canada and the United States continuously for more than 30 days.



Additional resources

Learn more about your auto insurance options from these informative articles.

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