Alberta regulation requires passenger transportation service providers to have an Operating Authority Certificate, unless otherwise exempt under the Commercial Vehicle Certificate and Insurance Regulation. These services may include charter, scheduled service, private, industrial or bus operations.

NOTE – Where the vehicle has a manufactured seating capacity of 11 or more (including the driver) you are required to hold a Safety Fitness Certificate.

Operating authority exemption

As of January 02, 2020 commercial vehicles are exempted from the requirement to hold an operating authority certificate and will no longer be required to produce it during a roadside inspection.

Operating Authority Certificate Exemption: Registrar’s Exemption (PDF, 172 KB)

Commercial vehicles exempted from the requirement to hold an Operating Authority Certificate will still be required to:

  • Hold the necessary certificates, such as a Safety Fitness Certificate;
  • Hold the necessary insurance to operate a passenger transportation vehicle;
  • Hold a valid operator’s license of the class required to operate the particular passenger vehicle being driven;
  • Pass a semi-annual Commercial Vehicle Inspection Program (CVIP) inspection and display the appropriate decal;
  • Meet any other regulatory requirements regarding the operation of a commercial vehicle.


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