If you’re planning on bringing a vehicle from another province to BC, there are some important things to know. With information from ICBC, here’s what you’ll need to do.
What to know about bringing a vehicle to BC from another province
If you’re bringing a vehicle from another province or territory, before the vehicle can be registered, licensed, and insured in BC, you’ll need to bring these documents to an Autoplan broker:
- the vehicle’s current registration
- the Certificate of Title if your vehicle is from Nova Scotia
- a “passed” vehicle inspection report* from a designated inspection facility in BC
- required ID
- a signed and dated bill of sale, if the vehicle is not registered in your name. (Sometimes a vehicle registration document, signed by the registered owner of the vehicle and naming you as the new owner, is acceptable instead.)
For more information, check out ICBC’s Checklist for Out-of-Province Vehicle Registration.
*Safety inspection exemptions
If you’re bringing a vehicle from Alberta, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba, qualified privately-owned or leased vehicles may be exempt from the BC pre-registration safety inspection. Check out this page from ICBC for more information on eligibility.
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One other thing, I was in the military and come back from Germany in 1979 and bought a new car in Kingston Ontario. I then holidayed in Quebec and Ontario for about 30 days then drove it to Chilliwack BC. When I went to register the vehicle I was told I would have To pay BC taxes on it. I argued this point and someone there come up with Settlers Effects. No taxes paid.