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.
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 your Autoplan broker.
a "passed" vehicle inspection report from a designated inspection facility in B.C.
To register, license and insure the vehicle, bring these documents to an Autoplan broker. For more details, please refer to the Checklist for Out-of-Province Vehicle Registration
you're bringing a vehicle to B.C. from Alberta or Saskatchewan
under the New West
Partnership Trade Agreement, qualified privately-owned or leased vehicles imported from Alberta or Saskatchewan may be exempt from the
BC pre-registration safety inspection.
The vehicle owner must be:
The vehicle must have:
Any of the following vehicle must be 3,500 kg or less:
The model year of the vehicle must be either:
Please ask your Autoplan broker
The B.C. Motor Vehicle Act allows for the following exemptions.
Please note that the vehicle model must be no more than four years old, current year inclusive (for example, in 2019, a vehicle model released in 2019, 2018, 2017, or 2016). If it is more than four years old, it must have passed a provincial safety inspection in the previous jursidiction within the last 90 days.
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