Purchasing your Alberta car is easier than ever thanks to online services that can connect you with lenders willing to work with buyers at all income levels and with a variety of credit scores.
But once you buy your car, how do you register that vehicle?
Your Alberta Car Registration Steps
All vehicles used on public roadways in Alberta need valid insurance and a Vehicle Registration Certificate. The certificate contains the name of the owner, a vehicle description, the Vehicle Identification Number, license plate type and license plate number.
The following outlines the steps to get your Alberta car registered with the province. It’s not overly complicated. But as with all things when it comes to government agencies, you will want your proper paperwork ready. And to do things in the right order.
All the following must be handled by working with a registry agent.
Are You Eligible?
You can register your new car in Alberta if you are 18 or older. If you are under 18 and not supporting yourself or married, then you will need to have a parent or guardian give consent for you to register the vehicle at the registry office.
The term “vehicle” covers motorized vehicles such as cars and trucks and non-motorized vehicles such as a trailer.
Some vehicles cannot be used on public roads and do not need to be registered. This includes electric scooters, small mopeds and golf carts. Some vehicles can be used on public roads but are also exempt. These include farming equipment and heavy machinery.
For those bringing a vehicle into Alberta temporarily, there’s no need to register if the stay is for less than 183 days.
If you move to Alberta with a vehicle, you have 90 days to change to an Alberta registration for your vehicle.
Registering Your Alberta Vehicle
When you go the registry office, you will need the following documents.
- Proof of ownership. This can be done in various ways, including a lease, bill of sale, probated will or letters of administration
- Proof of valid insurance for the vehicle that includes the registrant’s name
- Acceptable identification
- If applicable, you will need an out-of-province, salvage or commercial inspection
- If you purchased a used vehicle in another Canadian province and are registering it for the first time in Alberta, an inspection of the vehicle may be required
- If you bought the vehicle outside Canada, you must get an inspection. To get an inspection done, you must first provide the registry agent the Transport Canada Vehicle Import Form – Form 1
If all paperwork is in order, the registration period for the vehicle is from one to two years.
You can renew your Alberta car registration online if no changes have occurred. Registrations expire on a given month based on your surname. Alberta provides a chart to make it easy to find out when.
If changes have occurred, such as an address, you must return to the registry agent’s office.