Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) assignment

Learn about Vehicle Identification Numbers, why they are important and how they are assigned.

Assigned Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Program

Under the Traffic Safety Act a person is required to have an official vehicle identification number affixed to a vehicle that has its manufacturer's Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) lost or obliterated, a home made trailer or an amalgamated vehicle.

The Alberta assigned Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) program has a unique identifier of 2AT which has been approved by the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association. No vehicle manufacturers or other jurisdictions can use this identifier in the first three digits.

This 17-digit numbering system is compatible with international VIN convention. It will help stop auto theft and insurance fraud, and also assist in the identification of recovered stolen vehicles.

It will also stop the registration of vehicles and trailers using non-repairable components. These vehicles do not qualify for an approved VIN.

Alberta's Vehicle Identification Number will reduce the number of vehicle and trailer thefts by cross referencing vehicle registration information across North America and with the Canadian Police Information Centre.

The cost for a single axle trailer is $210 ($200 + $10 GST) and $525.00 ($500.00 + $25.00 GST) for other vehicles. This fee covers the labour costs to examine the vehicle, confirm sources of parts to ensure they meet the requirements for VIN assignment, and to put the VIN plate on the vehicle. Included in the price is the cost of equipment and materials such as engravers, plates, and travel.

A database will be created containing personal and non-personal information. This database will be a valuable tool for law enforcement agencies and investigative bodies for the investigation of auto related crimes.

The department has information sharing agreements with the police authority and the Insurance Crime Prevention Bureau in place, in accordance with Alberta and federal privacy legislation.

VIN Verification Services Corporation, the service provider, will be available by appointment to administer the VIN program. Call 1-780-800-8218 or visit for the VIN application form.

For additional information, email [email protected]. Office hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays.