Vehicle Licence Plate and Registration
On July 17, 2006, residency requirements changed for vehicle registrations in Alberta.
If you are a new resident of Alberta, you must register your vehicle(s) and obtain an Alberta driver’s licence within 90 days of moving to the province, even if you travel outside Alberta during those 90 days.
If you are temporarily working in Alberta but are a legal resident of a jurisdiction outside Alberta, you may continue to use the valid registration and plates from your home jurisdiction up to a maximum of 183 days in a calendar year (January through December). However, you must obtain an Alberta registration if your vehicle has been in Alberta over the 183 day limit. You must also have valid insurance on the vehicle.
If you are visiting Alberta, you may use your valid registration and plates (with valid insurance) from your home jurisdiction, provided you do not take up residency in Alberta. However, if you do take up Alberta residency, you must obtain Alberta registration and plates within 90 days.
If you are staying in Alberta as a full time student and attending an accredited institution or you are working here as part of a co-op program of study, you may use your valid registration and licence plates from your home jurisdiction. You must also have valid insurance on the vehicle and the registration must contain your name (either exclusively or jointly with another individual(s)). You should also carry proof (letter) from the accredited institution verifying your full time student status for presentation to a law enforcement officer should it be required.
The above rules apply to private (non-commercial) vehicles only.
Insurance Requirements for Vehicle Registration
To register a vehicle in Alberta, you MUST present a valid financial responsibility card (pink card) issued from your insurance company. The insurance company must be licenced to sell insurance in Alberta and all registered owners to be endorsed on the certificate of registration must also appear on the insurance certificate.
Vehicle Registration Terms
Vehicle registration is normally for a maximum term of 1 year and a minimum term of three months. The exception is passenger vehicles. These can be registered for a 1 or 2 year term and the same minimum 3 month term.