I live in British Columbia (BC) and I have class 7 license. I am moving to Seattle on a TN visa and I'm wondering if I can also exchange the class 7 license for the full Washington license without additional testing? I ask this because I am in a rush to get auto insurance from Washington state and I need a local driver license to avoid extra charges. I am in a rush to get auto insurance because I will be on a temporary 1-week auto insurance policy from BC.

According to the DMV website, it seems like I can?


On that note, I am getting a temporary 1-week auto insurance in BC, since the old one will expire soon. When I get my license in Washington, do I have to turn in my BC license? Would my BC auto insurance still cover me when I don't have my BC license?

  • You should check whether your BC insurance will cover you at all in the US.
    – mkennedy
    Aug 7, 2014 at 23:36
  • Which DMV in Washington did you go to?
    – Lily
    Nov 7, 2018 at 5:12
  • I think I went to Bel-Red Auto License in Bellevue.
    – gruuuvy
    Nov 7, 2018 at 22:51

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Great news everybody! I just got my BC class 7 license exchanged for the full Washington one!

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    Could you ellaborate whether it was straightforward to do this, or if you'd had some issues in the process?
    – SztupY
    Aug 11, 2014 at 9:29
  • It was straight forward. Go to the DMV and tell them you have a BC license and you want to switch it to the Washington one. Just make sure you have all the required documents with you!
    – gruuuvy
    Oct 10, 2014 at 17:24
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    So now you can switch it back to a full Canadian license. Sounds like a great loophole :) Mar 26, 2018 at 20:22

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