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British Columbia Vehicle Registration Process

Published by Joe Webster.

Canada (CAN)

Procedures In British Columbia Vehicle Registration

Process & Procedures in British Columbia Vehicle Registration

Known as the westernmost province in Canada, British Columbia has much to offer in the way of travel and destination cities. So importing your car here will give you a lot to drive to.

But before you drive, there is the registration process. Here are the steps to take to register a vehicle in British Columbia.

First Things First

The province has a number of procedures in place for various types of vehicles. Vehicles coming from Alberta or Saskatchewan have a set of guidelines to follow, such as:

  • Vehicle owners must be residents of B.C.
  • Must have been registered in Alberta or Saskatchewan prior to registering in B.C.
  • Passenger, commercial and motorhome vehicles must weigh less than 3,500 kg
  • Vehicles five years or older than the current date must have a passing vehicle safety inspection test from the previous province

Vehicles from other provinces have to meet the following standards:

  • Provide the vehicle registration
  • Provide the certificate of title if coming from Nova Scotia
  • Pass a B.C. vehicle inspection report
  • Show a bill of sale

Vehicles coming from outside of Canada have a relatively simple process after clearing the import standards on the vehicle.

According to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, owners can simply register, license and insure the vehicle at an Autoplan broker after importing it.

Have questions about shipping a vehicle to British Columbia? Our international shipping page has more information, including expected costs, taxes, and what documents are required.

As Far As Laws Governing The Road

Ruling the Road and Other Laws

Drivers in Canada (and by extension British Columbia) drive on the right-hand side of the road. Auto insurance is mandatory in the province. The minimum driving age in B.C. is 16 years of age.

As far as laws governing the road, Canada has strict rules governing driving. For example, the country bars drivers from using hand-held cellphones. Motorcycles can’t share lanes and some roads require drivers to use their headlights for visibility to other drivers.

For drivers coming from the U.S., the U.S. license is valid to drive but not U.S. insurance. In those cases, drivers will need to contact their own insurance agencies for a Canadian insurance card.

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Weather and Road

The weather in Canada is unpredictable and road closures are common because of heavy snowfall and ice. In British Columbia, snow tires are required while driving on specific highways. The government of British Columbia created a map with designated highways where the snow tires are required.

Road Closures Are Common
British Columbia Driving & Registration Resources

Winter Tire & Chain Routes - A government portal for British Columbia that maps out which roads require snow tires during the harsh winter months.

Registrar Of Imported Vehicles - A portal from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia that details car registration tips, driving tips and how to obtain insurance.

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Joe was born in Santa Cruz, California. During high school, Joe worked as a mechanic; a job continued to work part-time during his bachelor's degree.

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