Licence plates

Plate class reference guide

Vehicles like taxis, buses and rental cars need special licence plates.

Class 1*

Sub-Class

Purpose

1-51 School bus

School buses carrying students and/or teachers to and from school and/or school events.

1-52 Public service bus

Buses carrying 11 passengers or more including driver on a public service basis within Alberta.

1-52p Public service bus Prorated

Buses carrying 11 passengers or more, including the driver on a prorated public service basis in Alberta and at least one other jurisdiction.

1-55 Ride for hire services 

Taxi carrying 15 or less passengers (including the driver) or ride-sharing service carrying 8 or less passengers (including the driver) for monetary purposes.

1-56 Truck rental

Trucks, vans, buses and other vehicles (excluding passenger vehicles) being used as a rental vehicle.

1-56c Car rental

Vehicles (excluding trucks) designed to carry less than 15 passengers, including the driver, being used as a rental.

1-56p Rental vehicle Prorated

Trucks, vans, buses and other vehicles (excluding passenger vehicles) traveling in Alberta and at least one other jurisdiction  being used as a rental.

1-60 Exempted goods for hire within Alberta

Pilot/trail vehicles and other vehicles that are operated province wide and transport exempted goods belonging to someone other than the registered owner.

1-60p Exempted goods for hire Prorated

Pilot/trail vehicles and other vehicles that are operated within Alberta and at least one other jurisdiction and transport exempted goods belonging to someone other than the registered owner.

1-61 General merchandise for hire within Alberta

Vehicles that are operated province wide and transport general merchandise belonging to someone other than the registered owner.

1-61p General merchandise for hire Prorated

Vehicles operated within Alberta and at least one other jurisdiction and transport general merchandise belonging to someone other than the registered owner.

1-tlr Commercial trailers – transporting someone else’s goods

Trailers that operate province wide and transport exempted goods belonging to someone other than the registered owner..

1-tow Driveaway/towaway – not towed by registered owner

A 1-tow plate is placed on a vehicle that is being towed for the purpose of saving on drivers and/or fuel. The registered owner of the towing vehicle cannot own the vehicle being towed.

Class 2*

2-58 Farm vehicles

Vehicles for clients approved by Alberta Agriculture for their Alberta Farm Fuel Benefit Program.

2-59 Transporting own goods/private buses

Vehicles that operate within a restricted area and transport the registered owner’s own goods.

2-60 Exempted goods for hire

Vehicles that operate within a restricted area and transport exempted goods belonging to someone other than the registered owner.

2-61 General merchandise for hire

Vehicles that operate within a restricted area and transport general merchandise belonging to someone other than the registered owner.

 

Class 3*

3-56n or 3-56 Off-highway/motorcycle rental vehicle

Motorcycles or off-highway vehicles (mini, dirt and trail) that are rented without a driver to the general public.

3-99 Government vehicle

All owned and/or operated government vehicles.

Sub-classes:

  • 3-99 - motor vehicles
  • 3-99nmc or 3-99mc - motorcycles
  • 3-99noh or 3-99ohv- off-highway vehicles
  • 3-99sb - school bus
  • 3-99tlr - trailers with weight (no weight are 4-tlr)

3-pass Private passenger vehicle

Cars, light trucks, vans and motor homes exclusively used for personal transportation on a private, non-commercial basis.

3-nmc or 3-mc Motorcycle, scooter, moped, noped

Two or 3-wheeled vehicles that have been classified as a motorcycle and designed to be operated on streets and highways.

3-noh or 3-ohv Off-highway vehicle

Non-street legal motor bikes/vehicles designed for cross-country travel on land, water, snow, ice, marsh or swampland or other natural terrain.

3-ord

Vehicles used to transport the registered owner's own goods on a commercial basis within Alberta.

3-ordp

Vehicles that operate within Alberta and at least one other jurisdiction and transport the registered owner’s own goods on a commercial basis.

3-tlr

Trailers that transport the registered owner’s own goods on a commercial basis.

3-tow

A 3-tow plate is placed on a vehicle that is being towed for the purpose of saving on drivers and/or fuel. The registered owner of the towing vehicle must own the vehicle(s) being towed.

3-dsbl

Vehicles for any individual that meets the established eligibility requirements for the disabled program.

3-ltgov

Vehicles for the Lieutenant Governor.

 

Class 4*

4-tlr Trailers

Trailers primarily used for non-commercial (recreational) purposes.

 

Special Class*

Antique

Vehicles at least 25 years old and only operated as a collector’s item in exhibitions, club activities, parades and transportation to and from these activities and servicing appointments.

Dealer

Licence plates for wholesale, servicing, retail, motorcycle, trailer and off-highway dealers.

Sub-classes:

  • dlr00 - Wholesale Dealer

    A business that coordinates the buying and selling of motor vehicles, on a wholesale basis, between other retail/wholesale automotive dealers
     
  • dlr00 - Servicing Dealer

    A business that services vehicles (e.g., auto painting, auto body/upholstery repair, glass replacement, etc.)
  • dlr91 - Retail Automotive Dealer

    A business that sells vehicles to the general public
  • dlr93n or dlr93 - Motorcycle Dealer

    A business that sells motorcycles
  • dlr94 - Trailer Dealer

    A business that sells trailers
  • dlr95n or dlr95 - Off-highway Dealer

    A business that sells off-highway vehicles

Disabled Placards

Permanent and temporarily disabled placards for any individual and not-for-profit organization that meets the established eligibility requirements for the disabled program.

Sub-classes:

  • dsblcard - parking placard for a permanently disabled client
  • dsbltemp - parking placard for a temporarily disabled client

3-cc Consular corps

Vehicles owned and operated by consul, vice consul, honorary consul, career consul and consulate.

*Note: This guide is for general reference only. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list. The registry agent will review all data at the time of registration to determine the proper plate class.