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How to Register a Car in British Columbia

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Registering a vehicle is an essential step for all motorists in British Columbia. Properly registering your vehicle allows you to legally drive on public roads, provides proof of ownership, and is required to get license plates and insurance. This comprehensive guide will outline everything you need to know to successfully register a vehicle in BC. We will cover the full process from start to finish, including determining eligibility, preparing documentation, inspecting your vehicle, calculating fees, purchasing insurance, finding an Autoplan broker, completing the transfer of ownership, applying for registration, getting license plates, and more. Whether you are registering an out-of-province vehicle, antique car, or updating expired registration, this guide will walk you through each step. By the end, you will understand all the requirements and procedures for properly registering a vehicle in British Columbia. With the right preparation and documents in hand, you can complete the registration process smoothly. Use this guide as your go-to resource to ensure your vehicle is legally registered in B.C

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Determine Eligibility

Before registering a vehicle in British Columbia, you must meet certain residency and age requirements. B.C. requires that vehicle owners be residents of the province. To qualify as a resident, you must:

 

 

If you’ve recently moved to B.C., you’ll need to switch over your driver’s license and begin filing taxes here before registering your vehicle. You’ll also need to demonstrate residency by providing documents such as utility bills or a rental agreement. In addition to being a resident, you must meet B.C.’s minimum age requirement to register a vehicle. The registered owner must be at least 19 years old. If the owner is under 19, the vehicle may be registered under the name of an eligible family member who takes responsibility. Meeting residency and age requirements is an essential first step in the registration process. Confirming your eligibility ensures you can proceed through the remaining steps smoothly.

 

Prepare Documentation

To register a vehicle in British Columbia, you’ll need to have the proper documentation ready. This includes proof of ownership, a bill of sale, and identification. Here’s what you’ll need:

 

Proof of Ownership

You’ll need documentation that shows proof of ownership of the vehicle. This can include:

  • The current registration or title for the vehicle if it’s registered in another province or state
  • A Transfer/Tax Form signed by the previous owner if the vehicle was registered in B.C. before
  • The Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO) or Certificate of Origin if the vehicle is brand new

 

Bill of Sale

You’ll need a bill of sale or purchase agreement signed and dated by the seller if the vehicle is not currently registered in your name. This proves you legally purchased the vehicle.

 

Identification

To register the vehicle, you’ll need valid government-issued ID that verifies your identity, address, and legal name. A valid B.C. driver’s license is preferred, but you can also use other forms of ID.

Having these documents ready ahead of time will make the registration process much smoother.

 

Inspect Vehicle

Before registering a vehicle in British Columbia, it must pass a mechanical safety inspection at an authorized facility. This ensures the vehicle meets provincial safety and emissions standards. During the inspection, important components like the brakes, suspension, steering, tires, lights, horn, windshield wipers and emissions controls will be thoroughly checked. Emissions testing confirms the vehicle meets standards for air pollutants like hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide. Diesel vehicles will also be tested for smoke opacity. Any issues or defects with the vehicle must be repaired in order to pass inspection. Once the vehicle successfully passes, you will receive an inspection report that is valid for 15 days. This must be presented when registering the vehicle. Failing to provide a valid inspection report could result in fines or refusal of registration. Vehicles previously registered in B.C. may be exempt from inspection if registration has lapsed for less than one year. New vehicles purchased from a dealer in B.C. are also exempt. However, an inspector can require a safety inspection for any vehicle if they deem it necessary.

 

Calculate Fees

When registering a vehicle in British Columbia, you will need to pay several fees. The main fees are:

 

Registration Fee

The registration fee covers the administrative costs of registering your vehicle and ranges from $30-90 depending on the type of vehicle. Cars, SUVs, and light trucks are $53 while motorcycles are $30.

 

PST

If registering a new vehicle purchased in BC, you will pay 7% Provincial Sales Tax (PST) on the purchase price. For used vehicles, PST is charged on the depreciated value.

 

Recycling Fees

All vehicles are subject to recycling fees that go towards sustainable disposal and recycling programs in BC. Passenger cars pay $35 while motorcycles pay $10. There may also be additional fees for new residents, transferring ownership, or other administrative processes. Be sure to clarify exactly what fees apply to your situation with your Autoplan broker or on the ICBC website.

 

Purchase Insurance

When registering a vehicle in British Columbia, you must purchase auto insurance through ICBC before you can complete the registration. ICBC is the sole provider of basic auto insurance in BC. There are minimum liability coverage amounts you must carry by law in order to register your vehicle. The minimums are:

 

  • $200,000 third-party liability protection
  • $150,000 underinsured motorist protection

 

Besides the basic insurance required by law, you can also purchase optional auto insurance for additional coverage. Some popular options include:

 

  • Collision – Covers damage to your vehicle in a crash
  • Comprehensive – Covers vehicle damage from incidents other than collisions such as theft, vandalism, or fire
  • Vehicle Damage Deductible Waiver – Waives the deductible for a collision claim

 

When purchasing auto insurance, consider your needs and budget. Buying only the minimum coverage versus additional protection is an important decision. An Autoplan broker can explain your options and recommend appropriate coverage for your situation.

 

Find Autoplan Broker

An Autoplan broker is an independent business licensed by ICBC to provide vehicle registration, licensing, and insurance services on behalf of ICBC. To register your vehicle in BC, you’ll need to visit an Autoplan broker. There are over 900 Autoplan brokers located across BC, so you can find one close to your home or work. The easiest way to locate an Autoplan broker is to use the online broker locator on the ICBC website. Simply enter your address or postal code and the locator will display the brokers closest to you. You can view each broker’s contact details, including address, phone number, and hours of operation. Many Autoplan brokers now offer online appointment booking through the ICBC website. This allows you to select your preferred date and time in advance rather than waiting in line. You’ll receive an email confirming your appointment details. Most brokers have appointment slots available within 1-3 business days. When you visit the Autoplan broker, remember to bring the required documentation for registering your vehicle. This includes the bill of sale, out-of-province inspection report, proof of insurance, and your BC driver’s license. The broker will guide you through the entire registration process.

 

Complete Transfer of Ownership

One of the key steps in registering a vehicle in British Columbia is completing the transfer of ownership from the previous owner to the new owner. This is done by submitting a Transfer/Tax Form (APV9T) to an Autoplan broker. The form releases the previous owner’s interest in the vehicle and establishes the new owner. To complete the transfer, the seller must be present at the Autoplan broker’s office to sign the APV9T form. If the seller cannot be present, they must submit a completed Bill of Sale or Vehicle Transfer Form (APV9T) along with photocopies of their driver’s license and vehicle registration. The Bill of Sale or APV9T form must be recently dated and signed by the seller. On the APV9T form, the seller provides details about the vehicle such as the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), year, make, model and odometer reading. They must also declare the sale price or fair market value of the vehicle. This information is required to calculate any applicable Provincial Sales Tax (PST) and transfer fees. In addition to the APV9T, the new owner will need to provide valid identification, proof of insurance, applicable taxes, and registration fees. Once submitted, the Autoplan broker will process the transfer of ownership and issue new registration documents under the name of the new owner. Completing this transfer of ownership correctly is crucial for registering the vehicle in British Columbia. It establishes legal ownership and allows the new owner to properly license, insure and operate the vehicle in the province.

 

Apply for Registration

Once you have all the required documentation, you can apply to register your vehicle in British Columbia. This involves submitting the proper forms and making the required payment to ICBC. The main form you’ll need to complete is the Application for Vehicle Registration (APV9T). This form collects important details about the vehicle like the VIN, year, make and model. It also collects the registered owner’s information including name, address and driver’s license number. The Application for Vehicle Registration must be completed and signed by all registered owners. In addition to the Application for Vehicle Registration, you may need to submit other supporting documents depending on your situation:

 

  • Bill of sale or transfer/tax form
  • Out-of-province inspection certificate
  • Vehicle import form
  • Proof of valid BC insurance

 

Once you’ve filled out all the necessary paperwork, you’ll need to pay the applicable registration fees and taxes. This includes the PST and any applicable luxury or environmental levies. Payment can be made by cash, debit, credit card or cheque at your Autoplan broker. Your Autoplan broker will review your application and supporting documents, process payment, and issue your registration decal. You’ll receive your license plates once registration is complete.

 

Get License Plates

Once your vehicle registration is approved, you will receive your license plates. In British Columbia, you can choose between standard or specialty license plates for your vehicle. Standard plates are the default plates issued by ICBC. They feature a blue and white color scheme with the letters and numbers in dark blue. Standard plates cost $40 and are valid for as long as you own the vehicle. Specialty license plates allow you to customize your plates with special designs, logos, or slogans. Popular specialty plates in BC include the following:

 

  • Environmental plates – Feature wildlife artwork and support environmental initiatives
  • Memorial plates – Pay tribute to fallen peace officers and firefighters
  • Agri-food plates – Highlight BC’s agriculture and food industries
  • Amateur radio plates – Identify licensed amateur radio operators
  • BC Parks plates – Showcase BC’s beautiful provincial parks

 

Specialty plates cost an additional $50 on top of your regular registration fees. The extra fees go towards charitable organizations and causes related to the plate’s theme. When ordering your plates, you can choose to keep your current number or be issued a new set. Vanity plates with customized letter and number combinations are also available for an additional $100. Your license plates must be displayed on the front and rear of your vehicle at all times when driving. Not properly displaying valid license plates can result in fines.

 

Register Out-of-Province Vehicle

If you are moving to British Columbia from another Canadian province or territory with a vehicle that is currently registered elsewhere, you will need to register it in BC. Here are the steps to register an out-of-province vehicle in BC.

Import Process

When importing a vehicle from another province, you will need to go through an import process. This involves:

 

  • Getting a vehicle inspection done by an authorized facility in BC
  • Completing an Application for Vehicle Transfer form
  • Paying provincial sales tax (PST) on the vehicle if required

 

The import process ensures that out-of-province vehicles meet BC’s vehicle standards before being registered and driven in the province.

 

Additional Documentation

In addition to your application and passing inspection report, you will need to provide:

 

  • Proof of ownership, such as the vehicle’s current registration from its former province
  • Odometer reading
  • Bill of sale or invoice if the vehicle was recently purchased

 

Make sure you have the necessary documentation ready when you go to register the vehicle in BC. Following the import process and providing required documentation will help ensure a smooth transition bringing your out-of-province vehicle to BC.

 

Register Antique Vehicle

A vehicle in British Columbia may qualify for antique vehicle registration if it meets certain age requirements. According to ICBC, an antique vehicle is:

 

  • 45 years old or older (vehicles prior to 1978)
  • Substantially unmodified from the original manufacturer’s product
  • Used for special occasions like displays, parades, tours, conventions, and other events of public interest.

 

Antique vehicles have restrictions on their use in British Columbia. They cannot be used for general transportation, driving to and from work or school, or making a delivery/pick up. Antique vehicles are limited to a maximum of 4,500 km of driving per year. To register an antique vehicle in BC, you will need to provide documentation verifying the vehicle’s age and condition. This includes:

 

  • Proof of ownership
  • Certificate of vehicle inspection
  • Receipts for any major components that were replaced
  • Photographs showing the current condition of the vehicle

 

There is a one-time $24 registration fee for antique vehicles. You will also need to purchase basic $23 antique collector license plates. Antique vehicles are exempt from regular automobile insurance but still require Limited Use Motorcycle Insurance coverage. By properly registering your antique vehicle in British Columbia, you can legally drive it on the roads while following the usage restrictions. This allows antique auto enthusiasts to enjoy their vintage vehicles for specialized events and exhibitions.

 

Update Information

Once your vehicle is registered in BC, you must keep the vehicle registration information up-to-date by reporting any changes to ICBC within 10 days. Some of the changes you may need to report include:

 

Address Changes

If you move to a new permanent address in BC, you must update your address on your driver’s license and vehicle registration within 10 days. You can change your address online, by phone, mail, or in person at an Autoplan broker. You’ll need to provide documents proving your new permanent address in BC.

 

Vehicle Modifications

Any modifications made to your vehicle that affect its original specifications must be reported to ICBC within 10 days. This includes changes like lift kits, larger tires, modified exhaust or intake systems, weight reductions, or engine modifications. The Autoplan broker will need details on the changes to determine if they impact your insurance rate. Failing to report major modifications may void your insurance. Minor cosmetic upgrades like new wheels, stereo, or seat covers don’t need to be reported. Only modifications affecting the vehicle’s safety, value, or performance must be disclosed. Check with your Autoplan broker if you are unsure whether a modification needs to be reported.

 

Renew Registration

Vehicle registrations in British Columbia are valid for one year, expiring on the owner’s birthday each year. To renew your registration, you’ll need to visit an Autoplan broker and provide your driver’s license. The broker will be able to look up your vehicle in the ICBC registration system. About a month before your registration expires, ICBC will mail you a renewal notice listing any outstanding fines as well as the cost to renew your insurance and registration for the upcoming year. This renewal notice can be brought to the Autoplan broker as proof of insurance and to pay any outstanding fines. At the time of renewal, you’ll need to pay the renewal fees which include insurance premiums, licensing fees, and taxes. Standard licensing fees are around $40 for passenger vehicles and $30 for motorcycles. Any outstanding fines must also be paid before renewing. The Autoplan broker will provide a decal to affix to your license plate showing the new expiration date. You can renew up to 90 days before or after your registration expires. However, if you renew after the expiry date, you may be charged a late renewal penalty. Your driver’s license address must match the address on your vehicle registration, so make sure to update your license if you have moved. If you sell your vehicle or move out of province, you must cancel your insurance policy to stop premiums. Have your Autoplan broker submit the transfer of ownership document or notify them that the vehicle has been taken out of province. Return your license plates to avoid plate cancellation fees.

 

Conclusion

Registering a vehicle in British Columbia can seem like a daunting process, but breaking it down into clear steps makes it much more manageable. The key things to remember are determining your eligibility, preparing the required documentation, calculating fees, purchasing insurance, finding an Autoplan broker, and completing the transfer of ownership and registration application. Some final tips: give yourself plenty of time to gather documents and have your vehicle inspected before registration expires. Carefully review all forms to ensure information is accurate, and don’t forget supplementary paperwork like the bill of sale. Keep copies of everything for your records. Pay attention to costs—there are significant fees if any deadlines are missed. And don’t be afraid to ask your Autoplan broker if you have any questions! Following the proper procedures will ensure your vehicle registration in British Columbia goes smoothly. You’ll soon be driving on BC roads and highways fully licensed and insured.

Questions About Registering a Car in British Columbia?

To register a vehicle in British Columbia, you need to go to your local Autoplan broker to complete the transfer of ownership and update the registration, then license and insure it. You will need a “passed” vehicle inspection report from a designated inspection facility in BC, a signed and dated bill of sale if the vehicle is not registered in your name, valid auto insurance, and proper identification documents. The vehicle must be present at the broker’s office when registering.

To register an out-of-province vehicle in British Columbia, you need a photocopy of the current vehicle registration, a Certificate of Title if the vehicle is from Nova Scotia, a passed vehicle inspection report from a designated BC inspection facility, a signed and dated bill of sale if the vehicle is not registered in your name, valid auto insurance, and proper identification documents such as a valid driver’s license.

When registering a vehicle in British Columbia, you need to pay registration fees, licensing fees, PST or GST tax, and any applicable luxury or vehicle licensing tax. Registration renewal fees are around $40-90 depending on the type of vehicle. New registration can range from $90-140. PST and GST tax is 12% of the depreciated purchase price.

If you move to British Columbia with a vehicle registered in another province, you need to register, license and insure it within 30 days of arriving. For commercial vehicles, registration must happen immediately when entering the province before operating the vehicle.

No, only residents of British Columbia can register vehicles in the province. Tourists and visitors can drive their out-of-province vehicles in BC for up to 6 months for touring purposes without having to register their cars locally. After this time, registration and licensing is required.

An out-of-province vehicle inspection from a designated inspection facility in British Columbia is required before registering the vehicle. The vehicle must pass inspection of mechanical fitness, emissions, computer interface, and vehicle safety components. Any issues found must be repaired before registration can proceed.

It usually takes around 30-60 minutes to register a used car purchased in BC at your local Autoplan broker, after already having valid insurance documentation. The broker will verify the used vehicle’s details, process the transfer of ownership, and issue new registration documents and license plates if required.

Valid government-issued photo ID such as a BC driver’s license, BC Services Card, Canadian passport, or permanent resident card is required to register your car in British Columbia. You also need to provide documentation that proves you are a resident of BC.

No, you cannot register a car in British Columbia without a valid BC class 5 or 7 driver’s license. Even if you won’t be the main driver, the registered owner still needs to have a driver’s license issued in the province of BC under their name as per provincial regulations.

When registering your car in British Columbia, you need to provide the vehicle’s make, model, model year, color, number of doors, vehicle identification number (VIN), engine size and number of cylinders, and odometer reading. These vehicle details can be found on your ownership or title certificate documents.

Both the seller and buyer need to visit an Autoplan broker together to transfer ownership when registering a used car purchased in BC. You need to provide an original signed transfer/tax form or bill of sale, identification documents, and valid insurance papers. The broker will then process the transfer of ownership electronically.

Your local privately-owned Autoplan insurance broker issues license plates when you register your vehicle in British Columbia. Standard plates cost $40 while personalized or specialty plates have added fees. You can keep your old license plates or optionally get new ones issued during car registration.

You can check if a vehicle is registered in BC instantly online using ICBC’s license plate and vehicle identification number (VIN) search tool. The search will verify whether the car has an active registration, is insured, has any history like claims or fines, and when it expires.

If you become a resident of British Columbia but don’t register your out-of-province vehicle within 30 days, you can face fines of $500-2000 and get your car impounded. Unregistered vehicles in BC are illegal to operate on public roads. Registration is mandatory for all residents driving in the province.

No, you must hold a valid Canadian driver’s license from British Columbia in order to register a vehicle in your name in the province. Only permanent residents or citizens can legally register cars in BC – a foreign license doesn’t meet regulatory requirements for vehicle owners.

You can renew your car or truck registration in British Columbia up to 1 month before the current expiration date. Visit any Autoplan broker location to renew and get your new validation decal. Renewal fees are around $40-90 depending on vehicle type. You can also renew registration by phone or online.

Your vehicle registration number in British Columbia is located on your current owner’s Certificate of Registration paper document. It is a 9 digit number starting with GR followed by 7 digits unique to your car. The registration number is tied to you as the registered owner and to the vehicle’s VIN.

If you lose your vehicle registration ownership, license, or insurance papers in British Columbia, you can request replacements online, by phone, or by visiting an Autoplan broker location. Replacement registration documents cost $20. You may need to show ID confirming your identity and ownership details.

 

Determine Eligibility

Before registering a vehicle in British Columbia, you must meet certain residency and age requirements. B.C. requires that vehicle owners be residents of the province. To qualify as a resident, you must:

 

 

If you’ve recently moved to B.C., you’ll need to switch over your driver’s license and begin filing taxes here before registering your vehicle. You’ll also need to demonstrate residency by providing documents such as utility bills or a rental agreement. In addition to being a resident, you must meet B.C.’s minimum age requirement to register a vehicle. The registered owner must be at least 19 years old. If the owner is under 19, the vehicle may be registered under the name of an eligible family member who takes responsibility. Meeting residency and age requirements is an essential first step in the registration process. Confirming your eligibility ensures you can proceed through the remaining steps smoothly.

 

Prepare Documentation

To register a vehicle in British Columbia, you’ll need to have the proper documentation ready. This includes proof of ownership, a bill of sale, and identification. Here’s what you’ll need:

 

Proof of Ownership

You’ll need documentation that shows proof of ownership of the vehicle. This can include:

  • The current registration or title for the vehicle if it’s registered in another province or state
  • A Transfer/Tax Form signed by the previous owner if the vehicle was registered in B.C. before
  • The Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO) or Certificate of Origin if the vehicle is brand new

 

Bill of Sale

You’ll need a bill of sale or purchase agreement signed and dated by the seller if the vehicle is not currently registered in your name. This proves you legally purchased the vehicle.

 

Identification

To register the vehicle, you’ll need valid government-issued ID that verifies your identity, address, and legal name. A valid B.C. driver’s license is preferred, but you can also use other forms of ID.

Having these documents ready ahead of time will make the registration process much smoother.

 

Inspect Vehicle

Before registering a vehicle in British Columbia, it must pass a mechanical safety inspection at an authorized facility. This ensures the vehicle meets provincial safety and emissions standards. During the inspection, important components like the brakes, suspension, steering, tires, lights, horn, windshield wipers and emissions controls will be thoroughly checked. Emissions testing confirms the vehicle meets standards for air pollutants like hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide. Diesel vehicles will also be tested for smoke opacity. Any issues or defects with the vehicle must be repaired in order to pass inspection. Once the vehicle successfully passes, you will receive an inspection report that is valid for 15 days. This must be presented when registering the vehicle. Failing to provide a valid inspection report could result in fines or refusal of registration. Vehicles previously registered in B.C. may be exempt from inspection if registration has lapsed for less than one year. New vehicles purchased from a dealer in B.C. are also exempt. However, an inspector can require a safety inspection for any vehicle if they deem it necessary.

 

Calculate Fees

When registering a vehicle in British Columbia, you will need to pay several fees. The main fees are:

 

Registration Fee

The registration fee covers the administrative costs of registering your vehicle and ranges from $30-90 depending on the type of vehicle. Cars, SUVs, and light trucks are $53 while motorcycles are $30.

 

PST

If registering a new vehicle purchased in BC, you will pay 7% Provincial Sales Tax (PST) on the purchase price. For used vehicles, PST is charged on the depreciated value.

 

Recycling Fees

All vehicles are subject to recycling fees that go towards sustainable disposal and recycling programs in BC. Passenger cars pay $35 while motorcycles pay $10. There may also be additional fees for new residents, transferring ownership, or other administrative processes. Be sure to clarify exactly what fees apply to your situation with your Autoplan broker or on the ICBC website.

 

Purchase Insurance

When registering a vehicle in British Columbia, you must purchase auto insurance through ICBC before you can complete the registration. ICBC is the sole provider of basic auto insurance in BC. There are minimum liability coverage amounts you must carry by law in order to register your vehicle. The minimums are:

 

  • $200,000 third-party liability protection
  • $150,000 underinsured motorist protection

 

Besides the basic insurance required by law, you can also purchase optional auto insurance for additional coverage. Some popular options include:

 

  • Collision – Covers damage to your vehicle in a crash
  • Comprehensive – Covers vehicle damage from incidents other than collisions such as theft, vandalism, or fire
  • Vehicle Damage Deductible Waiver – Waives the deductible for a collision claim

 

When purchasing auto insurance, consider your needs and budget. Buying only the minimum coverage versus additional protection is an important decision. An Autoplan broker can explain your options and recommend appropriate coverage for your situation.

 

Find Autoplan Broker

An Autoplan broker is an independent business licensed by ICBC to provide vehicle registration, licensing, and insurance services on behalf of ICBC. To register your vehicle in BC, you’ll need to visit an Autoplan broker. There are over 900 Autoplan brokers located across BC, so you can find one close to your home or work. The easiest way to locate an Autoplan broker is to use the online broker locator on the ICBC website. Simply enter your address or postal code and the locator will display the brokers closest to you. You can view each broker’s contact details, including address, phone number, and hours of operation. Many Autoplan brokers now offer online appointment booking through the ICBC website. This allows you to select your preferred date and time in advance rather than waiting in line. You’ll receive an email confirming your appointment details. Most brokers have appointment slots available within 1-3 business days. When you visit the Autoplan broker, remember to bring the required documentation for registering your vehicle. This includes the bill of sale, out-of-province inspection report, proof of insurance, and your BC driver’s license. The broker will guide you through the entire registration process.

 

Complete Transfer of Ownership

One of the key steps in registering a vehicle in British Columbia is completing the transfer of ownership from the previous owner to the new owner. This is done by submitting a Transfer/Tax Form (APV9T) to an Autoplan broker. The form releases the previous owner’s interest in the vehicle and establishes the new owner. To complete the transfer, the seller must be present at the Autoplan broker’s office to sign the APV9T form. If the seller cannot be present, they must submit a completed Bill of Sale or Vehicle Transfer Form (APV9T) along with photocopies of their driver’s license and vehicle registration. The Bill of Sale or APV9T form must be recently dated and signed by the seller. On the APV9T form, the seller provides details about the vehicle such as the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), year, make, model and odometer reading. They must also declare the sale price or fair market value of the vehicle. This information is required to calculate any applicable Provincial Sales Tax (PST) and transfer fees. In addition to the APV9T, the new owner will need to provide valid identification, proof of insurance, applicable taxes, and registration fees. Once submitted, the Autoplan broker will process the transfer of ownership and issue new registration documents under the name of the new owner. Completing this transfer of ownership correctly is crucial for registering the vehicle in British Columbia. It establishes legal ownership and allows the new owner to properly license, insure and operate the vehicle in the province.

 

Apply for Registration

Once you have all the required documentation, you can apply to register your vehicle in British Columbia. This involves submitting the proper forms and making the required payment to ICBC. The main form you’ll need to complete is the Application for Vehicle Registration (APV9T). This form collects important details about the vehicle like the VIN, year, make and model. It also collects the registered owner’s information including name, address and driver’s license number. The Application for Vehicle Registration must be completed and signed by all registered owners. In addition to the Application for Vehicle Registration, you may need to submit other supporting documents depending on your situation:

 

  • Bill of sale or transfer/tax form
  • Out-of-province inspection certificate
  • Vehicle import form
  • Proof of valid BC insurance

 

Once you’ve filled out all the necessary paperwork, you’ll need to pay the applicable registration fees and taxes. This includes the PST and any applicable luxury or environmental levies. Payment can be made by cash, debit, credit card or cheque at your Autoplan broker. Your Autoplan broker will review your application and supporting documents, process payment, and issue your registration decal. You’ll receive your license plates once registration is complete.

 

Get License Plates

Once your vehicle registration is approved, you will receive your license plates. In British Columbia, you can choose between standard or specialty license plates for your vehicle. Standard plates are the default plates issued by ICBC. They feature a blue and white color scheme with the letters and numbers in dark blue. Standard plates cost $40 and are valid for as long as you own the vehicle. Specialty license plates allow you to customize your plates with special designs, logos, or slogans. Popular specialty plates in BC include the following:

 

  • Environmental plates – Feature wildlife artwork and support environmental initiatives
  • Memorial plates – Pay tribute to fallen peace officers and firefighters
  • Agri-food plates – Highlight BC’s agriculture and food industries
  • Amateur radio plates – Identify licensed amateur radio operators
  • BC Parks plates – Showcase BC’s beautiful provincial parks

 

Specialty plates cost an additional $50 on top of your regular registration fees. The extra fees go towards charitable organizations and causes related to the plate’s theme. When ordering your plates, you can choose to keep your current number or be issued a new set. Vanity plates with customized letter and number combinations are also available for an additional $100. Your license plates must be displayed on the front and rear of your vehicle at all times when driving. Not properly displaying valid license plates can result in fines.

 

Register Out-of-Province Vehicle

If you are moving to British Columbia from another Canadian province or territory with a vehicle that is currently registered elsewhere, you will need to register it in BC. Here are the steps to register an out-of-province vehicle in BC.

Import Process

When importing a vehicle from another province, you will need to go through an import process. This involves:

 

  • Getting a vehicle inspection done by an authorized facility in BC
  • Completing an Application for Vehicle Transfer form
  • Paying provincial sales tax (PST) on the vehicle if required

 

The import process ensures that out-of-province vehicles meet BC’s vehicle standards before being registered and driven in the province.

 

Additional Documentation

In addition to your application and passing inspection report, you will need to provide:

 

  • Proof of ownership, such as the vehicle’s current registration from its former province
  • Odometer reading
  • Bill of sale or invoice if the vehicle was recently purchased

 

Make sure you have the necessary documentation ready when you go to register the vehicle in BC. Following the import process and providing required documentation will help ensure a smooth transition bringing your out-of-province vehicle to BC.

 

Register Antique Vehicle

A vehicle in British Columbia may qualify for antique vehicle registration if it meets certain age requirements. According to ICBC, an antique vehicle is:

 

  • 45 years old or older (vehicles prior to 1978)
  • Substantially unmodified from the original manufacturer’s product
  • Used for special occasions like displays, parades, tours, conventions, and other events of public interest.

 

Antique vehicles have restrictions on their use in British Columbia. They cannot be used for general transportation, driving to and from work or school, or making a delivery/pick up. Antique vehicles are limited to a maximum of 4,500 km of driving per year. To register an antique vehicle in BC, you will need to provide documentation verifying the vehicle’s age and condition. This includes:

 

  • Proof of ownership
  • Certificate of vehicle inspection
  • Receipts for any major components that were replaced
  • Photographs showing the current condition of the vehicle

 

There is a one-time $24 registration fee for antique vehicles. You will also need to purchase basic $23 antique collector license plates. Antique vehicles are exempt from regular automobile insurance but still require Limited Use Motorcycle Insurance coverage. By properly registering your antique vehicle in British Columbia, you can legally drive it on the roads while following the usage restrictions. This allows antique auto enthusiasts to enjoy their vintage vehicles for specialized events and exhibitions.

 

Update Information

Once your vehicle is registered in BC, you must keep the vehicle registration information up-to-date by reporting any changes to ICBC within 10 days. Some of the changes you may need to report include:

 

Address Changes

If you move to a new permanent address in BC, you must update your address on your driver’s license and vehicle registration within 10 days. You can change your address online, by phone, mail, or in person at an Autoplan broker. You’ll need to provide documents proving your new permanent address in BC.

 

Vehicle Modifications

Any modifications made to your vehicle that affect its original specifications must be reported to ICBC within 10 days. This includes changes like lift kits, larger tires, modified exhaust or intake systems, weight reductions, or engine modifications. The Autoplan broker will need details on the changes to determine if they impact your insurance rate. Failing to report major modifications may void your insurance. Minor cosmetic upgrades like new wheels, stereo, or seat covers don’t need to be reported. Only modifications affecting the vehicle’s safety, value, or performance must be disclosed. Check with your Autoplan broker if you are unsure whether a modification needs to be reported.

 

Renew Registration

Vehicle registrations in British Columbia are valid for one year, expiring on the owner’s birthday each year. To renew your registration, you’ll need to visit an Autoplan broker and provide your driver’s license. The broker will be able to look up your vehicle in the ICBC registration system. About a month before your registration expires, ICBC will mail you a renewal notice listing any outstanding fines as well as the cost to renew your insurance and registration for the upcoming year. This renewal notice can be brought to the Autoplan broker as proof of insurance and to pay any outstanding fines. At the time of renewal, you’ll need to pay the renewal fees which include insurance premiums, licensing fees, and taxes. Standard licensing fees are around $40 for passenger vehicles and $30 for motorcycles. Any outstanding fines must also be paid before renewing. The Autoplan broker will provide a decal to affix to your license plate showing the new expiration date. You can renew up to 90 days before or after your registration expires. However, if you renew after the expiry date, you may be charged a late renewal penalty. Your driver’s license address must match the address on your vehicle registration, so make sure to update your license if you have moved. If you sell your vehicle or move out of province, you must cancel your insurance policy to stop premiums. Have your Autoplan broker submit the transfer of ownership document or notify them that the vehicle has been taken out of province. Return your license plates to avoid plate cancellation fees.

 

Conclusion

Registering a vehicle in British Columbia can seem like a daunting process, but breaking it down into clear steps makes it much more manageable. The key things to remember are determining your eligibility, preparing the required documentation, calculating fees, purchasing insurance, finding an Autoplan broker, and completing the transfer of ownership and registration application. Some final tips: give yourself plenty of time to gather documents and have your vehicle inspected before registration expires. Carefully review all forms to ensure information is accurate, and don’t forget supplementary paperwork like the bill of sale. Keep copies of everything for your records. Pay attention to costs—there are significant fees if any deadlines are missed. And don’t be afraid to ask your Autoplan broker if you have any questions! Following the proper procedures will ensure your vehicle registration in British Columbia goes smoothly. You’ll soon be driving on BC roads and highways fully licensed and insured.

Questions About Registering a Car in British Columbia?

To register a vehicle in British Columbia, you need to go to your local Autoplan broker to complete the transfer of ownership and update the registration, then license and insure it. You will need a “passed” vehicle inspection report from a designated inspection facility in BC, a signed and dated bill of sale if the vehicle is not registered in your name, valid auto insurance, and proper identification documents. The vehicle must be present at the broker’s office when registering.

To register an out-of-province vehicle in British Columbia, you need a photocopy of the current vehicle registration, a Certificate of Title if the vehicle is from Nova Scotia, a passed vehicle inspection report from a designated BC inspection facility, a signed and dated bill of sale if the vehicle is not registered in your name, valid auto insurance, and proper identification documents such as a valid driver’s license.

When registering a vehicle in British Columbia, you need to pay registration fees, licensing fees, PST or GST tax, and any applicable luxury or vehicle licensing tax. Registration renewal fees are around $40-90 depending on the type of vehicle. New registration can range from $90-140. PST and GST tax is 12% of the depreciated purchase price.

If you move to British Columbia with a vehicle registered in another province, you need to register, license and insure it within 30 days of arriving. For commercial vehicles, registration must happen immediately when entering the province before operating the vehicle.

No, only residents of British Columbia can register vehicles in the province. Tourists and visitors can drive their out-of-province vehicles in BC for up to 6 months for touring purposes without having to register their cars locally. After this time, registration and licensing is required.

An out-of-province vehicle inspection from a designated inspection facility in British Columbia is required before registering the vehicle. The vehicle must pass inspection of mechanical fitness, emissions, computer interface, and vehicle safety components. Any issues found must be repaired before registration can proceed.

It usually takes around 30-60 minutes to register a used car purchased in BC at your local Autoplan broker, after already having valid insurance documentation. The broker will verify the used vehicle’s details, process the transfer of ownership, and issue new registration documents and license plates if required.

Valid government-issued photo ID such as a BC driver’s license, BC Services Card, Canadian passport, or permanent resident card is required to register your car in British Columbia. You also need to provide documentation that proves you are a resident of BC.

No, you cannot register a car in British Columbia without a valid BC class 5 or 7 driver’s license. Even if you won’t be the main driver, the registered owner still needs to have a driver’s license issued in the province of BC under their name as per provincial regulations.

When registering your car in British Columbia, you need to provide the vehicle’s make, model, model year, color, number of doors, vehicle identification number (VIN), engine size and number of cylinders, and odometer reading. These vehicle details can be found on your ownership or title certificate documents.

Both the seller and buyer need to visit an Autoplan broker together to transfer ownership when registering a used car purchased in BC. You need to provide an original signed transfer/tax form or bill of sale, identification documents, and valid insurance papers. The broker will then process the transfer of ownership electronically.

Your local privately-owned Autoplan insurance broker issues license plates when you register your vehicle in British Columbia. Standard plates cost $40 while personalized or specialty plates have added fees. You can keep your old license plates or optionally get new ones issued during car registration.

You can check if a vehicle is registered in BC instantly online using ICBC’s license plate and vehicle identification number (VIN) search tool. The search will verify whether the car has an active registration, is insured, has any history like claims or fines, and when it expires.

If you become a resident of British Columbia but don’t register your out-of-province vehicle within 30 days, you can face fines of $500-2000 and get your car impounded. Unregistered vehicles in BC are illegal to operate on public roads. Registration is mandatory for all residents driving in the province.

No, you must hold a valid Canadian driver’s license from British Columbia in order to register a vehicle in your name in the province. Only permanent residents or citizens can legally register cars in BC – a foreign license doesn’t meet regulatory requirements for vehicle owners.

You can renew your car or truck registration in British Columbia up to 1 month before the current expiration date. Visit any Autoplan broker location to renew and get your new validation decal. Renewal fees are around $40-90 depending on vehicle type. You can also renew registration by phone or online.

Your vehicle registration number in British Columbia is located on your current owner’s Certificate of Registration paper document. It is a 9 digit number starting with GR followed by 7 digits unique to your car. The registration number is tied to you as the registered owner and to the vehicle’s VIN.

If you lose your vehicle registration ownership, license, or insurance papers in British Columbia, you can request replacements online, by phone, or by visiting an Autoplan broker location. Replacement registration documents cost $20. You may need to show ID confirming your identity and ownership details.

 

Determine Eligibility

Before registering a vehicle in British Columbia, you must meet certain residency and age requirements. B.C. requires that vehicle owners be residents of the province. To qualify as a resident, you must:

 

 

If you’ve recently moved to B.C., you’ll need to switch over your driver’s license and begin filing taxes here before registering your vehicle. You’ll also need to demonstrate residency by providing documents such as utility bills or a rental agreement. In addition to being a resident, you must meet B.C.’s minimum age requirement to register a vehicle. The registered owner must be at least 19 years old. If the owner is under 19, the vehicle may be registered under the name of an eligible family member who takes responsibility. Meeting residency and age requirements is an essential first step in the registration process. Confirming your eligibility ensures you can proceed through the remaining steps smoothly.

 

Prepare Documentation

To register a vehicle in British Columbia, you’ll need to have the proper documentation ready. This includes proof of ownership, a bill of sale, and identification. Here’s what you’ll need:

 

Proof of Ownership

You’ll need documentation that shows proof of ownership of the vehicle. This can include:

  • The current registration or title for the vehicle if it’s registered in another province or state
  • A Transfer/Tax Form signed by the previous owner if the vehicle was registered in B.C. before
  • The Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO) or Certificate of Origin if the vehicle is brand new

 

Bill of Sale

You’ll need a bill of sale or purchase agreement signed and dated by the seller if the vehicle is not currently registered in your name. This proves you legally purchased the vehicle.

 

Identification

To register the vehicle, you’ll need valid government-issued ID that verifies your identity, address, and legal name. A valid B.C. driver’s license is preferred, but you can also use other forms of ID.

Having these documents ready ahead of time will make the registration process much smoother.

 

Inspect Vehicle

Before registering a vehicle in British Columbia, it must pass a mechanical safety inspection at an authorized facility. This ensures the vehicle meets provincial safety and emissions standards. During the inspection, important components like the brakes, suspension, steering, tires, lights, horn, windshield wipers and emissions controls will be thoroughly checked. Emissions testing confirms the vehicle meets standards for air pollutants like hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide. Diesel vehicles will also be tested for smoke opacity. Any issues or defects with the vehicle must be repaired in order to pass inspection. Once the vehicle successfully passes, you will receive an inspection report that is valid for 15 days. This must be presented when registering the vehicle. Failing to provide a valid inspection report could result in fines or refusal of registration. Vehicles previously registered in B.C. may be exempt from inspection if registration has lapsed for less than one year. New vehicles purchased from a dealer in B.C. are also exempt. However, an inspector can require a safety inspection for any vehicle if they deem it necessary.

 

Calculate Fees

When registering a vehicle in British Columbia, you will need to pay several fees. The main fees are:

 

Registration Fee

The registration fee covers the administrative costs of registering your vehicle and ranges from $30-90 depending on the type of vehicle. Cars, SUVs, and light trucks are $53 while motorcycles are $30.

 

PST

If registering a new vehicle purchased in BC, you will pay 7% Provincial Sales Tax (PST) on the purchase price. For used vehicles, PST is charged on the depreciated value.

 

Recycling Fees

All vehicles are subject to recycling fees that go towards sustainable disposal and recycling programs in BC. Passenger cars pay $35 while motorcycles pay $10. There may also be additional fees for new residents, transferring ownership, or other administrative processes. Be sure to clarify exactly what fees apply to your situation with your Autoplan broker or on the ICBC website.

 

Purchase Insurance

When registering a vehicle in British Columbia, you must purchase auto insurance through ICBC before you can complete the registration. ICBC is the sole provider of basic auto insurance in BC. There are minimum liability coverage amounts you must carry by law in order to register your vehicle. The minimums are:

 

  • $200,000 third-party liability protection
  • $150,000 underinsured motorist protection

 

Besides the basic insurance required by law, you can also purchase optional auto insurance for additional coverage. Some popular options include:

 

  • Collision – Covers damage to your vehicle in a crash
  • Comprehensive – Covers vehicle damage from incidents other than collisions such as theft, vandalism, or fire
  • Vehicle Damage Deductible Waiver – Waives the deductible for a collision claim

 

When purchasing auto insurance, consider your needs and budget. Buying only the minimum coverage versus additional protection is an important decision. An Autoplan broker can explain your options and recommend appropriate coverage for your situation.

 

Find Autoplan Broker

An Autoplan broker is an independent business licensed by ICBC to provide vehicle registration, licensing, and insurance services on behalf of ICBC. To register your vehicle in BC, you’ll need to visit an Autoplan broker. There are over 900 Autoplan brokers located across BC, so you can find one close to your home or work. The easiest way to locate an Autoplan broker is to use the online broker locator on the ICBC website. Simply enter your address or postal code and the locator will display the brokers closest to you. You can view each broker’s contact details, including address, phone number, and hours of operation. Many Autoplan brokers now offer online appointment booking through the ICBC website. This allows you to select your preferred date and time in advance rather than waiting in line. You’ll receive an email confirming your appointment details. Most brokers have appointment slots available within 1-3 business days. When you visit the Autoplan broker, remember to bring the required documentation for registering your vehicle. This includes the bill of sale, out-of-province inspection report, proof of insurance, and your BC driver’s license. The broker will guide you through the entire registration process.

 

Complete Transfer of Ownership

One of the key steps in registering a vehicle in British Columbia is completing the transfer of ownership from the previous owner to the new owner. This is done by submitting a Transfer/Tax Form (APV9T) to an Autoplan broker. The form releases the previous owner’s interest in the vehicle and establishes the new owner. To complete the transfer, the seller must be present at the Autoplan broker’s office to sign the APV9T form. If the seller cannot be present, they must submit a completed Bill of Sale or Vehicle Transfer Form (APV9T) along with photocopies of their driver’s license and vehicle registration. The Bill of Sale or APV9T form must be recently dated and signed by the seller. On the APV9T form, the seller provides details about the vehicle such as the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), year, make, model and odometer reading. They must also declare the sale price or fair market value of the vehicle. This information is required to calculate any applicable Provincial Sales Tax (PST) and transfer fees. In addition to the APV9T, the new owner will need to provide valid identification, proof of insurance, applicable taxes, and registration fees. Once submitted, the Autoplan broker will process the transfer of ownership and issue new registration documents under the name of the new owner. Completing this transfer of ownership correctly is crucial for registering the vehicle in British Columbia. It establishes legal ownership and allows the new owner to properly license, insure and operate the vehicle in the province.

 

Apply for Registration

Once you have all the required documentation, you can apply to register your vehicle in British Columbia. This involves submitting the proper forms and making the required payment to ICBC. The main form you’ll need to complete is the Application for Vehicle Registration (APV9T). This form collects important details about the vehicle like the VIN, year, make and model. It also collects the registered owner’s information including name, address and driver’s license number. The Application for Vehicle Registration must be completed and signed by all registered owners. In addition to the Application for Vehicle Registration, you may need to submit other supporting documents depending on your situation:

 

  • Bill of sale or transfer/tax form
  • Out-of-province inspection certificate
  • Vehicle import form
  • Proof of valid BC insurance

 

Once you’ve filled out all the necessary paperwork, you’ll need to pay the applicable registration fees and taxes. This includes the PST and any applicable luxury or environmental levies. Payment can be made by cash, debit, credit card or cheque at your Autoplan broker. Your Autoplan broker will review your application and supporting documents, process payment, and issue your registration decal. You’ll receive your license plates once registration is complete.

 

Get License Plates

Once your vehicle registration is approved, you will receive your license plates. In British Columbia, you can choose between standard or specialty license plates for your vehicle. Standard plates are the default plates issued by ICBC. They feature a blue and white color scheme with the letters and numbers in dark blue. Standard plates cost $40 and are valid for as long as you own the vehicle. Specialty license plates allow you to customize your plates with special designs, logos, or slogans. Popular specialty plates in BC include the following:

 

  • Environmental plates – Feature wildlife artwork and support environmental initiatives
  • Memorial plates – Pay tribute to fallen peace officers and firefighters
  • Agri-food plates – Highlight BC’s agriculture and food industries
  • Amateur radio plates – Identify licensed amateur radio operators
  • BC Parks plates – Showcase BC’s beautiful provincial parks

 

Specialty plates cost an additional $50 on top of your regular registration fees. The extra fees go towards charitable organizations and causes related to the plate’s theme. When ordering your plates, you can choose to keep your current number or be issued a new set. Vanity plates with customized letter and number combinations are also available for an additional $100. Your license plates must be displayed on the front and rear of your vehicle at all times when driving. Not properly displaying valid license plates can result in fines.

 

Register Out-of-Province Vehicle

If you are moving to British Columbia from another Canadian province or territory with a vehicle that is currently registered elsewhere, you will need to register it in BC. Here are the steps to register an out-of-province vehicle in BC.

Import Process

When importing a vehicle from another province, you will need to go through an import process. This involves:

 

  • Getting a vehicle inspection done by an authorized facility in BC
  • Completing an Application for Vehicle Transfer form
  • Paying provincial sales tax (PST) on the vehicle if required

 

The import process ensures that out-of-province vehicles meet BC’s vehicle standards before being registered and driven in the province.

 

Additional Documentation

In addition to your application and passing inspection report, you will need to provide:

 

  • Proof of ownership, such as the vehicle’s current registration from its former province
  • Odometer reading
  • Bill of sale or invoice if the vehicle was recently purchased

 

Make sure you have the necessary documentation ready when you go to register the vehicle in BC. Following the import process and providing required documentation will help ensure a smooth transition bringing your out-of-province vehicle to BC.

 

Register Antique Vehicle

A vehicle in British Columbia may qualify for antique vehicle registration if it meets certain age requirements. According to ICBC, an antique vehicle is:

 

  • 45 years old or older (vehicles prior to 1978)
  • Substantially unmodified from the original manufacturer’s product
  • Used for special occasions like displays, parades, tours, conventions, and other events of public interest.

 

Antique vehicles have restrictions on their use in British Columbia. They cannot be used for general transportation, driving to and from work or school, or making a delivery/pick up. Antique vehicles are limited to a maximum of 4,500 km of driving per year. To register an antique vehicle in BC, you will need to provide documentation verifying the vehicle’s age and condition. This includes:

 

  • Proof of ownership
  • Certificate of vehicle inspection
  • Receipts for any major components that were replaced
  • Photographs showing the current condition of the vehicle

 

There is a one-time $24 registration fee for antique vehicles. You will also need to purchase basic $23 antique collector license plates. Antique vehicles are exempt from regular automobile insurance but still require Limited Use Motorcycle Insurance coverage. By properly registering your antique vehicle in British Columbia, you can legally drive it on the roads while following the usage restrictions. This allows antique auto enthusiasts to enjoy their vintage vehicles for specialized events and exhibitions.

 

Update Information

Once your vehicle is registered in BC, you must keep the vehicle registration information up-to-date by reporting any changes to ICBC within 10 days. Some of the changes you may need to report include:

 

Address Changes

If you move to a new permanent address in BC, you must update your address on your driver’s license and vehicle registration within 10 days. You can change your address online, by phone, mail, or in person at an Autoplan broker. You’ll need to provide documents proving your new permanent address in BC.

 

Vehicle Modifications

Any modifications made to your vehicle that affect its original specifications must be reported to ICBC within 10 days. This includes changes like lift kits, larger tires, modified exhaust or intake systems, weight reductions, or engine modifications. The Autoplan broker will need details on the changes to determine if they impact your insurance rate. Failing to report major modifications may void your insurance. Minor cosmetic upgrades like new wheels, stereo, or seat covers don’t need to be reported. Only modifications affecting the vehicle’s safety, value, or performance must be disclosed. Check with your Autoplan broker if you are unsure whether a modification needs to be reported.

 

Renew Registration

Vehicle registrations in British Columbia are valid for one year, expiring on the owner’s birthday each year. To renew your registration, you’ll need to visit an Autoplan broker and provide your driver’s license. The broker will be able to look up your vehicle in the ICBC registration system. About a month before your registration expires, ICBC will mail you a renewal notice listing any outstanding fines as well as the cost to renew your insurance and registration for the upcoming year. This renewal notice can be brought to the Autoplan broker as proof of insurance and to pay any outstanding fines. At the time of renewal, you’ll need to pay the renewal fees which include insurance premiums, licensing fees, and taxes. Standard licensing fees are around $40 for passenger vehicles and $30 for motorcycles. Any outstanding fines must also be paid before renewing. The Autoplan broker will provide a decal to affix to your license plate showing the new expiration date. You can renew up to 90 days before or after your registration expires. However, if you renew after the expiry date, you may be charged a late renewal penalty. Your driver’s license address must match the address on your vehicle registration, so make sure to update your license if you have moved. If you sell your vehicle or move out of province, you must cancel your insurance policy to stop premiums. Have your Autoplan broker submit the transfer of ownership document or notify them that the vehicle has been taken out of province. Return your license plates to avoid plate cancellation fees.

 

Conclusion

Registering a vehicle in British Columbia can seem like a daunting process, but breaking it down into clear steps makes it much more manageable. The key things to remember are determining your eligibility, preparing the required documentation, calculating fees, purchasing insurance, finding an Autoplan broker, and completing the transfer of ownership and registration application. Some final tips: give yourself plenty of time to gather documents and have your vehicle inspected before registration expires. Carefully review all forms to ensure information is accurate, and don’t forget supplementary paperwork like the bill of sale. Keep copies of everything for your records. Pay attention to costs—there are significant fees if any deadlines are missed. And don’t be afraid to ask your Autoplan broker if you have any questions! Following the proper procedures will ensure your vehicle registration in British Columbia goes smoothly. You’ll soon be driving on BC roads and highways fully licensed and insured.

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Questions About Registering a Car in British Columbia?

To register a vehicle in British Columbia, you need to go to your local Autoplan broker to complete the transfer of ownership and update the registration, then license and insure it. You will need a “passed” vehicle inspection report from a designated inspection facility in BC, a signed and dated bill of sale if the vehicle is not registered in your name, valid auto insurance, and proper identification documents. The vehicle must be present at the broker’s office when registering.

To register an out-of-province vehicle in British Columbia, you need a photocopy of the current vehicle registration, a Certificate of Title if the vehicle is from Nova Scotia, a passed vehicle inspection report from a designated BC inspection facility, a signed and dated bill of sale if the vehicle is not registered in your name, valid auto insurance, and proper identification documents such as a valid driver’s license.

When registering a vehicle in British Columbia, you need to pay registration fees, licensing fees, PST or GST tax, and any applicable luxury or vehicle licensing tax. Registration renewal fees are around $40-90 depending on the type of vehicle. New registration can range from $90-140. PST and GST tax is 12% of the depreciated purchase price.

If you move to British Columbia with a vehicle registered in another province, you need to register, license and insure it within 30 days of arriving. For commercial vehicles, registration must happen immediately when entering the province before operating the vehicle.

No, only residents of British Columbia can register vehicles in the province. Tourists and visitors can drive their out-of-province vehicles in BC for up to 6 months for touring purposes without having to register their cars locally. After this time, registration and licensing is required.

An out-of-province vehicle inspection from a designated inspection facility in British Columbia is required before registering the vehicle. The vehicle must pass inspection of mechanical fitness, emissions, computer interface, and vehicle safety components. Any issues found must be repaired before registration can proceed.

It usually takes around 30-60 minutes to register a used car purchased in BC at your local Autoplan broker, after already having valid insurance documentation. The broker will verify the used vehicle’s details, process the transfer of ownership, and issue new registration documents and license plates if required.

Valid government-issued photo ID such as a BC driver’s license, BC Services Card, Canadian passport, or permanent resident card is required to register your car in British Columbia. You also need to provide documentation that proves you are a resident of BC.

No, you cannot register a car in British Columbia without a valid BC class 5 or 7 driver’s license. Even if you won’t be the main driver, the registered owner still needs to have a driver’s license issued in the province of BC under their name as per provincial regulations.

When registering your car in British Columbia, you need to provide the vehicle’s make, model, model year, color, number of doors, vehicle identification number (VIN), engine size and number of cylinders, and odometer reading. These vehicle details can be found on your ownership or title certificate documents.

Both the seller and buyer need to visit an Autoplan broker together to transfer ownership when registering a used car purchased in BC. You need to provide an original signed transfer/tax form or bill of sale, identification documents, and valid insurance papers. The broker will then process the transfer of ownership electronically.

Your local privately-owned Autoplan insurance broker issues license plates when you register your vehicle in British Columbia. Standard plates cost $40 while personalized or specialty plates have added fees. You can keep your old license plates or optionally get new ones issued during car registration.

You can check if a vehicle is registered in BC instantly online using ICBC’s license plate and vehicle identification number (VIN) search tool. The search will verify whether the car has an active registration, is insured, has any history like claims or fines, and when it expires.

If you become a resident of British Columbia but don’t register your out-of-province vehicle within 30 days, you can face fines of $500-2000 and get your car impounded. Unregistered vehicles in BC are illegal to operate on public roads. Registration is mandatory for all residents driving in the province.

No, you must hold a valid Canadian driver’s license from British Columbia in order to register a vehicle in your name in the province. Only permanent residents or citizens can legally register cars in BC – a foreign license doesn’t meet regulatory requirements for vehicle owners.

You can renew your car or truck registration in British Columbia up to 1 month before the current expiration date. Visit any Autoplan broker location to renew and get your new validation decal. Renewal fees are around $40-90 depending on vehicle type. You can also renew registration by phone or online.

Your vehicle registration number in British Columbia is located on your current owner’s Certificate of Registration paper document. It is a 9 digit number starting with GR followed by 7 digits unique to your car. The registration number is tied to you as the registered owner and to the vehicle’s VIN.

If you lose your vehicle registration ownership, license, or insurance papers in British Columbia, you can request replacements online, by phone, or by visiting an Autoplan broker location. Replacement registration documents cost $20. You may need to show ID confirming your identity and ownership details.

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