Vehicle Registration

Vehicle Registration

Our registry is happy to offer Vehicle Registration Services to serve you.

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-If you have bought a used vehicle that has previously been registered in Alberta, you need to come into the registry and get the vehicle registered in your name.

-To do this you will need:

-A complete bill of sale:

-Year, make, model, and VIN

-Buyers and seller’s names and signatures.

-Date

-Valid Insurance for the new vehicle (names on the insurance must match the names on the bill of sale).

-Valid Identification.

-If applicable, the vehicle registration authorization form.

-To register a vehicle that is brand new and has never been registered in Alberta, you will need:

-A complete bill of sale:

-Year, make, model, and VIN

-Buyers and seller’s name and signature

-Date

-Valid insurance for the new vehicle (names on the insurance must match the names on the bill of sale).

-Valid identification

-If applicable, the vehicle registration authorization form.

AND

-A NVIS (New Vehicle Information Statement), given to you by the dealership.

-If you are moving to Alberta from another province and you are bringing a vehicle that was previously registered to you in another province, you have 90 days to get your vehicle registered in Alberta.

-If the vehicle is coming from British Columbia, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba, please refer to the potential inspection exemption section on this page.

-If your vehicle is not from the listed provinces, but your vehicle was bought from outside Alberta and is brand new, you may still qualify for exemption, so review the inspection exemption section.

-All other vehicles that do not qualify for the exemption must obtain the out of province inspection.

-The registered owner, or authorized party, must attend the registry to obtain an out of province inspection request form. You must provide proof of ownership (registration from the home province, or bill of sale) and your driver’s license. You will receive an out of province inspection request form, which you must give to the garage.

-Once the garage has completed the inspection, they will give you the paperwork you need to bring back to the registry. You have 14 days from the date the inspection was completed to bring that paperwork in to the registry.

-Once you have the form from the garage you can come in with that, your proof of ownership, valid Alberta insurance, and if necessary, the vehicle registration authorization form. This paperwork along with valid Identification will allow you to get registration and plates for your vehicle.

-To qualify for this exemption you must meet the following criteria:

-The vehicle must have been purchased in Canada.

-The date on the bill of sale must be within 90 days.

-The bill of sale must state the vehicle was purchased new.

-You must have the NVIS or e-NVIS.

-The vehicle must be brought to the registry office.

-The name on the bill of sale must be yours. It cannot be purchased in a family member or friends name.

-If you have these documents, bring them to the registry and we will process the paperwork. Once we hear back from Alberta Transportation we will contact you to let you know if you have qualified for an exemption.

-To qualify for this exemption you must meet the following criteria:

-The vehicle must have been purchased in Canada.

-The date on the bill of sale must be within 90 days.

-There are two potential exemptions for these provinces. Read carefully or call if you have any questions:

-Motor vehicles newer than 4 years:

1) A vehicle that is within 4 model years may qualify for an exemption. This means, if it is currently 2018, the exemption is for vehicles with a 2018, 2017, 2016, or 2015 model year. A 2014 vehicle would not qualify.
2) You must provide the registration document from the home jurisdiction and it must be in your name. If it is in someone else’s name, it will not qualify.
3) Vehicles registered to a company do not qualify.
4) You must bring your valid driver’s license.

-If you have these documents, bring them to the registry and we will process the paperwork. Once we hear back from Alberta transportation we will contact you to let you know if you’ve qualified for the exemption.

-If you have qualified for the exemption, bring your paperwork back with insurance and identification to register the vehicle in your name.

-Motor Vehicles Older than 4 years:

1) Alberta Transportation may accept government inspections from British Columbia, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba, as long as the inspection was completed within 90 days.
2) The inspection and registration must be in your name. If the vehicle registration or inspection has another individual or company name on it, it will not qualify.
3) Vehicles registered to a company do not qualify.
4) The vehicle must be in Alberta.
5) You must bring your valid driver’s license.

-If you have these documents, bring them to the registry and we will process the paperwork. Once we hear back from Alberta transportation we will contact you to let you know if you’ve qualified for the exemption.

-If you have qualified for the exemption, bring your paperwork back with insurance and identification to register the vehicle in your name.

-If you have a license plate in your name from a vehicle you no longer own, or are no longer using, you can transfer that registration onto the new vehicle.

-You have 14 days from the date on the bill of sale to come into the registry and complete this transfer. You must have the registration from the previous vehicle that shows you own the plate, the bill of sale, and the insurance for the new vehicle with you while your driving until you have completed the transfer at a registry.

-When you come to the registry, you must bring all these documents including acceptable Id and, if applicable, the vehicle registration authorization form.

-In April 2016, the Government of Alberta stopped mailing out reminder notices, so it is now your responsibility to renew your registration prior to your expiry date. The month of your expiry is based on the first letters of your last name. Plates expire on the last day of your renewal month. **You can sign up for e-renewal reminders by clicking the Remind, Renew, Relax link at the top of the page. Stay up to date with monthly updates by liking and following us on Facebook, just click the link at the top of the page. ** -Registered in your name only:

-If the vehicle is not expired, or has been expired for less than 3 months:

1) If you are attending the registry yourself, you must bring the registration or your Alberta Driver’s license and proof of insurance for the vehicle. 2) If you are sending someone to renew on your behalf they must have the registration and valid insurance, either hard copy or electronic (picture or electronic copy). If the registration cannot be found, they must have the valid insurance as well as the authorization form filled in and signed by you, giving them consent to renew the vehicle.

-If the vehicle has been expired for more than 3 months:

1) The registered owner must attend the registries. You need the registration or your Alberta driver’s license and valid insurance for the vehicle in your name.

-Registered in two names: -If the vehicle is not expired, or has been expired for less than 3 months:

1) Either person listed on the registration may attend the registries. We still need the registration paper or Alberta Driver’s license and valid insurance in both names for the vehicle. 2) If you are sending someone to renew on your behalf, they must be in possession of the registration (physical or electronic copy) and valid insurance. If the registration cannot be found, the valid insurance and letter of authorization signed by both registered owners will be acceptable.

-If the vehicle has been expired for more than 3 months:

1) Both registered owners must be present in the office with their Alberta Driver’s license and valid insurance. If you still have the expired registration please bring that as well. 2) If only one registered owner can attend, we will need an authorization form signed by whoever is not coming in. The person attending the registry must have their Alberta driver’s license, authorization form, and valid insurance.

-Vehicles registered in a company name: -Vehicle is about to expire, or has been expired for less than 3 months:

1) Any authorized representative with signing authority on the company may renew the vehicle. They will need to bring the registration and valid insurance for the vehicle in the company name. 2) A third party may attend on the company’s behalf with the registration and insurance. If the registration is not available, they must have an authorization form along with the insurance.

-If the vehicle has been expired for more than 3 months:

1) An authorized representative with signing authority for the company must attend the registry to renew the vehicle. They must bring their Alberta driver’s license, valid insurance for the vehicle in the company name, and the expired registration if it’s available.

-If you notice your license plate is missing, you must get a new one. -If you feel your plate was stolen, immediately report it stolen to the closest police station, to protect yourself from any issues that may arise while it is out of your possession. Once you’ve contacted the police and receive your case number, you must bring in your current insurance, driver’s license and case number, and get a new license plate. -If you feel your plate was lost, bring your driver’s license and insurance to get a new plate. -The person who is the registered owner must be the one to come in with the paperwork. If the plate is in more than one name, or the registered owner cannot attend the registry, complete an authorization form for someone to get the plate on your behalf. -If your vehicle was stolen, immediately report it stolen to the closest police station. To protect yourself from any issues that may arise while it is out of your possession. Once you’ve contacted the police and receive your case number, you must come into the registries and report the plate stolen with us.

-If your orange registration paper or the year sticker for your plate have been lost or stolen, you must get a new one.

-Bring your Alberta driver’s license, and insurance with you for a replacement.

-If the vehicle is in more than one name or the registered owner cannot attend the registry, an authorization form will be required, with the insurance and driver’s license of the authorized representative.

-An intransit permit allows you to drive a vehicle or move a trailer without purchasing a plate or registration. An intransit is issued to drive from point A to point B or for servicing, and is valid for up to 7 days depending on where the vehicle is going.

-If you are driving the vehicle within Alberta you must provide valid insurance for the vehicle and your driver’s license. If you are driving the vehicle into or out of Alberta, you must provide your bill of sale and insurance for the vehicle, as well as your driver’s license.

Disclaimer: While we have done our best to describe what you need for a service, every situation is unique and variable circumstances may change the requirements for a service. If you have any questions or concerns regarding proper documents, please don’t hesitate to call so we can ensure you have everything you need the first time.

We will be closed Monday September 13th, 2021 for a staff function. We will be open at our normal time on Tuesday September 14th.

We now have an online queue management system in place at FRIAR Registries. We have implemented this system so that you can wait in the comfort of your car or add your name to the queue from home before you leave.

You will be called into the office as waiting space is available.