A journeyperson technician, licensed by the Vehicle Inspection Program, performs out of province inspections. The inspection can take up to 2 hours to perform.

Inspection facilities determine the cost of an inspection and re-inspection and are required to post those costs in plain sight.


A motor vehicle from outside of Alberta must pass an out of province inspection before licence plates are issued.

A vehicle may be exempt from an inspection if it falls within the conditions outlined in the Registering an Out of Province Vehicle In Alberta (PDF, 50 KB).

Alberta residents moving to a New West Partnership (NWP) jurisdiction (British Columbia, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba) who want their vehicle(s) to undergo an out of province inspection prior to moving can contact a Vehicle Inspection Program Analyst at [email protected].

Inspection guidelines

You should discuss your vehicle's overall condition with the inspection technician before entering into an agreement to have the vehicle inspected.

If the vehicle does not pass the inspection, you may choose to take your vehicle to more than one inspection technician before agreeing to complete suggested repairs.

The vehicle must be maintained within original equipment manufacturers (OEM) service limits in order to pass the inspection.

Technicians will follow the inspection criteria outlined in the Automotive & Light Truck Inspection Manual.

Inspection deadlines

If your vehicle fails inspection, you must repair it within 10 days of the date on the record of inspection.

Vehicles repaired and presented for re-inspection within 10 days will be subject to verification of required repairs only. If the vehicle is not presented within 10 days, a new inspection will be required.

Inspection certificates must be presented to any Alberta registry agent within 14 days from the date of issue. If you fail to present the certificate within 14 days, the vehicle will be required to undergo a full out of province vehicle inspection.

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