Vehicle Inspection Program – Commercial vehicles

Inspection requirements for vehicles with commercial plates.

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Registered owners of commercial vehicles must ensure that each bus, truck, light truck, or trailer they own receives the required inspection.

Section 19 of the Vehicle Inspection Regulation (AR 211/2006) requires all commercial vehicles to have a valid inspection certificate and decal. The driver of a commercial vehicle must be able to produce the inspection certificate on the request of an investigator or peace officer.

All jurisdictions recognize commercial inspections of each participating province or territory and, except in rare circumstances, will accept the host jurisdiction's inspection to be equivalent to the inspection mandated by their legislation.

Commercial vehicles

All commercial vehicles, as defined by the National Safety Code (NSC), require annual commercial vehicle inspections:

  • trucks, truck-tractors, semi-trailers, trailers and combinations thereof exceeding a registered gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 4,500 kg when operating extra-provincially
  • trucks, truck-tractors, semi-trailers, trailers and combinations thereof exceeding a registered GVW of 11,794 kg when operating intra-provincially


All buses, as defined by the NSC, require semi-annual commercial vehicle inspections:

  • buses designed, constructed and used for the transportation of passengers with a designated seating capacity of more than 10 (including the driver), but excluding the operation for personal use

Inspection facilities

Carrier and Vehicle Safety licenses networks of private facilities and technicians to conduct inspections under the Vehicle Inspection Program.

Find a facility

The Vehicle Inspection Search is an online application that quickly and easily allows you to search for the nearest commercial vehicle or motor vehicle inspection facility in Alberta.

When beginning your search, please be sure to select the appropriate vehicle inspection program (for example, commercial, out of province, or salvage). Upon reviewing the search results, take note of the vehicle types that each facility is authorized to inspect.



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Vehicle Safety
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