Vehicles on a public roadway in Alberta must have valid insurance and a Vehicle Registration Certificate.
A Vehicle Registration Certificate has:
- the name of the registered owner
- a description of the vehicle
- the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
- licence plate type
- licence plate number
There are additional registration requirements for commercial vehicles. A commercial vehicle transports people or goods and is not used only as a private passenger vehicle.
Passenger vehicle registration is issued for a minimum of 1 year to a maximum of 2 years.
Commercial vehicle registration is issued for a minimum of 3 months to a maximum of 1 year.
What’s important to know
The vehicle you’re registering must be in Alberta.
A vehicle can be either a motor vehicle, such as a car or truck, or a non-motor vehicle such as a trailer.
Who can register
A person 18 or older
A person age 18 or older can register a vehicle by themselves.
A person under 18
A person under age 18 who is not self-supporting or married must have consent from their parent or guardian to register a vehicle for the first time. The person providing consent will sign the consent at the registry agent office.
If you are a new resident of Alberta, you must change your registration to an Alberta registration within 90 days of moving to Alberta.
If you are a temporary worker in Alberta and driving a vehicle registered in another jurisdiction, you don’t have to register your vehicle if it’s driven in Alberta for less than 183 days in a calendar year. If your vehicle will be here longer, you must register it in Alberta.
If you can’t go to a registry office, another person can apply for a vehicle registration, renewal, cancellation or transfer on your behalf. The person requesting the service on your behalf must bring:
- your proof of ownership document, proof of valid insurance, and their ID
- a completed Authorization for Vehicle Services form, signed by you