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Registry @ South Trail Crossing
66, 4307 – 130th Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2Z 3V8



Fax: 403-257-1830


Motor Vehicles information

Alberta Motor Vehicle Registration Information

As your Calgary registration team, Registry @ South Trail Crossing Ltd. is pleased to present you the following motor vehicle information. For more information on the following subjects, please go to the Service Alberta website.

  • Registering an imported vehicle
  • Vehicle plate classes
  • Registration expiry month chart

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This page contains information regarding the following:

Ownership Documents

  • Acceptable documents
  • Additional required documents
  • New Vehicle Information Statement (NVIS)
  • Letter of authorization

Insurance Documents

  • Government insurance
  • Exceptions
  • Acceptable documents
  • Document content
  • Vehicle transfers

Out-of-Province Vehicles

  • Exceptions

Ownership Documents

Acceptable Documents

A client must provide one of the following proof of ownership documents:

  • Bill of sale (BOS)
  • Lease agreement
  • Probated will or letter from a lawyer
  • Court order
    • The court order must be signed and sealed
  • Original Alberta Vehicle Registration Certificate of the previous owner
    • Section 2 must be completed and signed by the previous owner(s)
  • Original out-of-province Canadian Vehicle Registration Certificate
  • Original certificate of title

Ownership documents must contain the following information:

  • Date of purchase and/or agreement
  • Buyer’s/lessee’s name and signature
  • Seller’s/lessor’s name and signature
  • Vehicle description (e.g., make, model, VIN and year)

Insurance Documents

A client is required to provide proof of valid insurance to register a vehicle in Alberta. The insurance company must be licenced to operate in Alberta; this includes insurance companies based in other provinces and countries.

Government Insurance

Provincial government insurance from British Columbia (ICBC) and Manitoba (MPI) are not acceptable to register a vehicle in Alberta, as they are not licenced to operate in Alberta.

Note: Saskatchewan (SGI) provincial government insurance is licenced to operate in Alberta.


Proof of insurance is not required to register the following:

  • Trailers
  • Antique vehicles
  • Vehicles owned by and registered to a government agency or crown corporation
  • Off-highway vehicles owned by a:
    • Trapper and used solely on his/her registered trap line
    • Commercial winter fisherman and used solely in a commercial fishing operation within any commercial fishing zone

Acceptable Documents

  • A client must produce valid insurance in one of the following formats:
  • An inter-provincial insurance card, also known as a pink card
  • A letter of confirmation from an insurance agent or company
  • An insurance policy
  • A garage insurance policy (for dealer plates only)
  • Canadian Non-resident Inter-provincial Motor Vehicle Liability Card (commonly known as a yellow card or Canadian ID Card)

Out-of-Province Vehicles

For more information relating to the following situations please go to the Service Alberta website.

  • Temporarily working in Alberta but are a legal resident of a jurisdiction outside Alberta
  • Visiting Alberta
  • Staying in Alberta as a full-time student and attending an accredited institution or working here as part of a co-op program of study

To register an out-of-province or out-of-country vehicle (this includes antiques, imports and vehicles purchased from dealerships), the vehicle must:

  • Be in Alberta
  • Have one of the following inspections completed on it:
    • Out-of-Province Vehicle Inspection
    • Salvage Vehicle Inspection
    • Commercial Vehicle Inspection


The following vehicles do not require an inspection:

  • Off-highway vehicles
  • Prorate vehicles
  • Trailers

Registry @ South Trail Crossing

66, 4307 – 130th Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2Z 3V8

Phone: 403-246-4646

Fax: 403-257-1830



Monday-Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sunday & Statutory Holidays: Closed

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