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Why Vehicle Registration Is Important and How It Works in Alberta


Whether you’re driving off the lot in an exciting new ride or are in the process of purchasing a vehicle, you want to make sure it is legally registered. The Sherwood Ford team has put together this guide to help you understand why registration is important and how it works in Alberta.

Vehicle registration is a legal requirement for anyone who wants to drive on public roads. It verifies that you have insurance and have paid the necessary fees to operate your vehicle. It also keeps the government informed of changes to your vehicle or driver’s licence. If you’re caught without a valid registration, you could face steep fines.

You’re a new resident of Alberta and have purchased a vehicle registry services in Alberta from out-of-province. You’ll need to register your car within 90 days, along with getting a new Alberta driver’s licence. Your registration expires in a specific month based on your surname. You can find a full list of registration expiry dates on the Service Alberta website.

If you haven’t already, sign up to receive a reminder in the form of email, text or phone call when your renewal date is coming up. This way, you don’t miss the deadline and can renew your registration online or in person at any registry agent.

The requirements to register a vehicle in Alberta vary depending on your situation and the type of vehicle. Generally speaking, you’ll need proof of ownership either the bill of sale or an official document such as a probated will or letters of administration, a valid driver’s licence and a current insurance certificate for the vehicle. If you’re registering a truck, RV or off-highway vehicle, you may also need to pass a safety inspection and provide proof of employment.

It’s worth mentioning that any individual 18 years of age or older can register their own vehicle in Alberta. However, if you’re under 18, you’ll need consent from your parent or guardian to do so.

There are a variety of license plate options in Alberta, including personalized plates and specialty plates supporting charities and organizations. If you’re interested in learning more about the different options available to you, visit a registry agent to get started.

If you’re unable to attend a registry office in person, a representative can apply for a vehicle registration, renewal, transfer, or plate exchange on your behalf. The representative must bring the proof of ownership, their own Alberta driver’s licence, evidence of valid insurance and a completed Authorization for Vehicle Services form that is signed by the owner.