An inspection facility licence is valid for 2 years and allows a facility to complete commercial, out of province, or salvage vehicle inspections.
Select the appropriate application form below:
Select ‘upgrade’ if you already have an inspection facility licence but need to add a program type (for example, commercial, out of province or salvage) or a vehicle type (for example, automotive, commercial bus or light truck).
A facility audit may be required when requesting new programs or vehicle types.
Applicants will need the following:
- Motor Vehicle Identification Number (MVID)
- Certificate of Incorporation or Certificate of Amalgamation (if you are a corporation)
- Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council (AMVIC) licence (if required)
- Safety Fitness Certificate number (if required)
- Facility Operating Manual
- valid email address
- credit card to complete the $250 payment
If you are unable to locate your MVID, contact us.
Enter your information correctly. The renewal application attempts to access your facility file, so the information needs to match what is on file in order for it to be retrieved.
The Find Facility page is punctuation sensitive.
We may have information from a previous facility contact on file. Try using their email and see if that works. Facility contact information and email addresses can be changed when you complete the application.
If you continue to have problems, you can either complete a new facility application (we will ensure you keep your facility number) or contact a Vehicle Inspection Program Licensing Analyst.
Types of inspection facilities
There are 3 types of inspection facilities:
- Carrier Open – authorized to inspect vehicles owned by any company or person.
- Carrier Limited – authorized to only inspect vehicles registered in the name of the inspection facility.
- Non-Carrier – authorized to inspect vehicles registered to other corporations or individuals.
Facility licence requirements
There are numerous requirements relating to the premises and equipment for the operation of a facility.
The facility must be equipped as required under the schedule in the Vehicle Inspection Regulation (AR 211/2006) for the types of vehicles your facility will be licensed to inspect.
Facility Operating Manual
The purpose of the Facility Operating Manual (FOM) provides facilities with one source guidance for:
- regulatory requirements of the Vehicle Inspection Regulation (AR 211/2006)
- how to conduct a vehicle inspection
- issuing a vehicle inspection record of inspection and certificate
A facility that fails to comply with the FOM may be subject to discipline, such as licence suspension, administrative penalty (fine) or revocation of the facility licence.
All facilities completing inspections in the Vehicle Inspection Program are required to obtain and follow the FOM. It is available for download on the Vehicle Inspection Program – Manuals page.
All new and renewing inspection facilities, or facilities that have moved, are required to pass a facility audit. Once you submit your facility application, we will request confirmation of a facility’s readiness for an audit prior to adding them to the audit rotation.
Audits are not scheduled and may occur at any time during our regular business hours of 8:15 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. Facility audits typically occur within 90 days of being added to the audit rotation, depending on the applicant’s location.
The Facility Operating Manual, the equipment list and the Vehicle Inspection Regulation (AR 211/206) outline the requirements for equipment and premises that a Vehicle Safety Investigator will verify during the audit. To prepare for the audit, ensure you comply with the requirements and have all records ready.
Once you pass a facility audit, it takes 3 to 5 business days to process and issue an inspection facility licence. The inspection licence is emailed to the primary facility contact listed with Alberta Transportation upon completion.
All facilities completing inspections on vehicles not registered to their company are required to display a licence from the Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council (AMVIC). Facilities that are ‘Carrier Limited’ or facilities inspecting only trailers or motorcycles are not required to have an AMVIC licence for the purpose of the vehicle inspection.
Carrier Open or facilities inspecting vehicles not owned by the owning company require a Garage Licence for Commercial, Salvage and Out of Province Inspections.
Salvage Inspections require an Autobody Licence in addition to a Garage Licence. More information on types of AMVIC Licences can be found at Automotive repair activities – AMVIC.
If your AMVIC licence is expired, suspended, or revoked, report this immediately to us and stop performing vehicle inspections or issuing certificates under the Vehicle Inspection Program.
The facility must display the licence and posted shop rates, if applicable, where it is visible to the public. If requested, the facility must provide a copy of the terms and conditions of the licence to the public.
Licensed inspection facilities are required to maintain the necessary tools and documentation as outlined in the Vehicle Inspection Regulation and Facility Operating Manual at all times.
Facilities that are not in compliance will be subject to discipline, such as licence suspension or administrative penalty (fine). For more information on our progressive discipline policy, refer to our Progressive Discipline Program or Vehicle safety, compliance and oversight.
A facility licence is issued for a particular location. If you move your facility to another location, you will need to complete a facility upgrade application. Ensure you change the address within the application.
If you expand your facility in its current location, you do not need a new facility licence as the current one will remain in effect.
If you move the shop within the existing premises where you conduct inspections, a new facility licence is not required. You can commence the inspection of vehicles under the Vehicle Inspection Program in the new space.
If the facility licence is missing, damaged, or destroyed, report it to us by email at [email protected] and request a reprint. Once you have received a replacement, cut up the original and display the new one.
A facility licence is not transferable. If you sell, lease or dispose of your facility to another person or corporation, you cannot transfer the facility licence to the other person or corporation.
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