Overview

Alberta’s Out of Province (OOP) and Salvage Vehicle (SV) inspections are the most comprehensive vehicle inspections in North America.

A certified journeyman technician, licensed by the Vehicle Inspection Program, performs OOP and SV inspections. Typically, the inspection takes 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.

The Vehicle Inspection Facility Search locates licensed inspection facilities across Alberta. Ensure that you are selecting the applicable inspection when searching for an inspection facility.

Register

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

We may issue an exemption from an inspection if the vehicle's history does not indicate flood, unsafe, salvage or non-repairable and meets any of the following conditions:

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

Restored antique, classic, homebuilt, modified or street rod vehicles not previously registered, or those where proof of prior registration cannot be provided, must also undergo an OOP vehicle inspection the first time they register.

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.

Mechanical inspection

The OOP inspection looks at the majority of vehicle components including:

  • fuel and exhaust systems
  • all electrical
  • engine controls
  • powertrain
  • driveline
  • steering
  • suspension
  • braking systems
  • wiring and lights
  • tires
  • glass
  • wipers
  • defrosters

The vehicle must be maintained within Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) standards or wear tolerances in order to pass the inspection.

Structural integrity

Structural integrity inspections establish whether the vehicle's frame and body exhibit signs of major collision damage or repairs. Technicians also examine the vehicle for corrosion in body or frame members.

Your OOP inspection may not be conclusive in determining previous crash history, as the inspection is designed to inspect mechanical not structural integrity.

Inspection deadlines

If your vehicle fails inspection, you must repair it within 10 days of the failure notice to avoid an additional full inspection fee assessment.

Vehicles repaired and presented for re-inspection within 10 days will be subject to verification of required repairs only.

Inspection certificates are valid for 14 days and must be presented to any Alberta registry to apply to the vehicle status. Should you fail to present the certificate within 14 days, the vehicle will be required to undergo a full OOP vehicle inspection again.