Before you can get licence plates and insurance for a vehicle in British Columbia, the vehicle must be registered with ICBC.
Registering serves as the official record of your vehicle. It also identifies you as its owner.
The steps you take and documents you need vary, depending in part on where the vehicle is currently registered.
Important: Most vehicles must be registered, licensed and insured within 30 days of purchase. Vehicles intended for commercial use must be registered, licensed and insured immediately.
For more information about vehicle registration, please speak to an Autoplan broker.
|If …||Then …|
|you buy a vehicle that's already registered to another person or company in B.C.||go to your local Autoplan broker to complete the transfer of ownership and update the registration, then license and insure it.|
|you're bringing a vehicle to B.C. from another province or territory||before the vehicle can be registered in B.C., in most cases you will need:
|you are bringing a vehicle to B.C. from outside of Canada||after going through the steps of importing the vehicle, you can register, license and insure it at any Autoplan broker.
The B.C. Motor Vehicle Act allows for the following exemptions.
|When …||then registration isn't required …|
|motor vehicles and utility trailers are used for touring purposes||for up to six months|
|motor vehicles and utility trailers (except for commercial vehicles) are used for non-touring purposes.||for 30 days|
|you are a student or member of the armed forces||but you must obtain an exemption permit.|