Which Vehicles Can Be Exempt From A Vehicle Inspection?

Some vehicles don’t need inspections. For example, you don’t require an Out of Province Inspection if you have a trailer or off-highway vehicle.

Depending on the vehicle’s history, the Government of Alberta may issue an exemption as long as the vehicle does not show signs of flood, is unsafe, has been salvaged, or is non-repairable.

You may not need an inspection if you’re bringing a passenger vehicle to Alberta from B.C. or Saskatchewan if it meets one of the following:

If you’re bringing a vehicle newer than four years into Alberta from British Columbia or Saskatchewan:

If the B.C. or Saskatchewan vehicle is newer than four years (current model year plus the previous three model years), you will be required to present the following along with the vehicle:

  • Proof of an Alberta address
  • Valid Alberta auto insurance
  • Proof of B.C. or Saskatchewan registration in the name of the person requesting the exemption

If you’re bringing a vehicle into Alberta from British Columbia or Saskatchewan that has been inspected in the past 90 days:

You will be required to present the following along with the vehicle:

  • Proof of an Alberta address
  • Valid Alberta auto insurance
  • Proof of B.C. or Saskatchewan registration in the name of the person requesting the exemption
  • B.C. or Saskatchewan government inspection certificate issued in the past 90 days

If you’re bringing a vehicle into Alberta from the U.S. or another country, and you have:

  • Proof of an Alberta address
  • Valid Alberta auto insurance
  • Bill of sale or lease date is within 90 days
  • The original Certificate of Origin or State-issued title
  • A completed Form 1 import form
  • Your mileage is less than 5,000km (or 3,107 miles)

If you’re bringing a commercially registered vehicle from another province or territory:

The Government of Alberta may issue an exemption for government commercial vehicle inspections issued in another Canadian jurisdiction for 90 days from the date of inspection (applies only to vehicles applying for commercial licence plates). You will be required to present the following documents within 90 days from the date of inspection along with the vehicle:

  • Proof of an Alberta address,
  • Valid Alberta auto insurance
  • Proof of ownership
  • Valid Commercial Vehicle Inspection Certificate issued in the past 90 days

Vehicles that cannot be exempt are:

  • Rebuilt
  • Right hand drive
  • Custom/homebuilt
  • Kit cars
  • Lifted or lowered

How Do I Register A Vehicle From Another Province Or The U.S.?