Before you can get licence plates and insurance for a vehicle in British Columbia and operate it on a highway, 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.
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, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba
under the New West
Partnership Trade Agreement, qualified privately-owned or leased vehicles imported from Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba 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
Only the following mechanical safety inspection reports are acceptable for imported Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba vehicles that are five years old or more:
The acceptable Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba inspection report must:
Documents not acceptable as proof of inspection for Alberta vehicles:
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 jurisdiction within the last 90 days.
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