03/03/2016 13:07 EST | Updated 03/04/2017 00:12 EST

Online tool means ICBC driving records are just a mouse click away

VANCOUVER — British Columbia drivers can now find their driving history and insurance records online.

The Insurance Corp. of B.C., says a free, online tool allows customers to request driving records and immediately receive them by email.

A release from ICBC says the records, known as abstracts, provide details of a person's basic driving history, including tickets and offences for the last five years.

Customers can also access insurance and claims history records that outline a driver's coverage for up to 20 years through data that ICBC says is secured.

It says driving records are often necessary when applying for membership at a car-sharing company, volunteer driving for school activities or to obtain auto insurance outside the province.

Last year, the corporation handled requests for more than 500,000 driver's abstracts and nearly 97,000 insurance and claims history reports and says the online system will serve its customers better.


The Canadian Press