References and Publications

This page shows several important references used by professional drivers and carriers who work in British Columbia.

The Commercial Transport Manual is designed to be used online. All other publications listed here are available for you to download in PDF format You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0, or if you prefer, you can pick up hard copies at any ICBC driver licensing office. With the exception of Driving Commercial Vehicles and the Commercial Transport Manual, these publications are also available at B.C. weigh scales.

Notice and Order Information



Notice and Order Information provides a quick reference for individuals or carriers that may have received a notice and order. The document provides some answers to common questions such as:

  • What is a Notice and Order?
  • Why did I receive a Notice and Order?
  • What do I do when I receive a Notice and Order?


Online Permits Service



Assessment of Potential Safety Benefits of a Weight Allowance Reduction for Quad Axle Trailers in British Columbia


Online Permits Service



Weight Allowance Reduction for Quad-Axle Trailers
CVSE Director Decision

Online Permits Service



15-Passenger Van Safety

The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) review shows 15-passenger vans are safe for road and highway use when the vehicles are properly maintained, loaded and operated.  In addition, drivers of 15 passenger vans must be properly licensed. For quick reference, please read the CCMTA’s guidelines on the correct maintenance, driving and loading requirements.  Frequently asked questions and the complete CCMTA evaluation on 15 passenger vans are also available for viewing.

Online Permits Service



Your Guide to Livestock Hauling

Online Permits Service



Vehicle Inspection Manual 2016
effective July 1st, 2016

Order from Queen's Printer via this link.

Online Permits Service



Online Permit Services Brochure provides information about obtaining a commercial permit in British Columbia.



Booklet 2 Cargo Security
The information in this pamphlet is based on the requirements outlined in Division 35 of the MVAR and the standard. Carriers and drivers should refer to the standard for further information on both the general and cargo specific requirements.



Farm Vehicles On The Move
A guide to licensing and insuring farm vehicles in British Columbia

NSC Safety Code Safety Certificate Application Guide



National Safety Code Safety Certificate Application must be completed by anyone wishing to be a carrier in B.C.

Driving Commercial Vehicles Civer



Driving Commercial Vehicles is for anyone who wishes to apply for a B.C. commercial driver’s licence.

Within an Inch of Your Life



Within an Inch of Your Life You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 (281KB) contains advice for drivers who must check and adjust air brakes.

Brochure Layout You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 (1.56 MB)

Handout Layout You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 (1.58 MB)


Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement Division INFO SHEETS - PDF



Gross Vehicle Weight Rating – Frequently Asked Questions

Commercial Transport Procedures Manual



The Commercial Transport Procedures Manual contains essential information for anyone involved with commercial trucking in B.C. If you drive a large recreational vehicle or tow a trailer you'll also find valuable information here.