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Apply for a new licence
To apply for a vehicle inspection licence, you need to complete a new facility application.
New applicants will need the following:
- email address
- Motor Vehicle Identification Number (MVID)
- Certificate of Incorporation or Certificate of Amalgamation (if you are a corporation)
- AMVIC Licence (if required)
- carrier number (if required)
- Facility Operating Manual
- credit card to complete the $250 payment
Renew your licence
To renew you vehicle inspection licence, you will need to complete a facility renewal application.
Ensure to enter your information correctly. The renewal application attempts to access your facility file so the information needs to match what Alberta Transportation has 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 to keep your facility number) or contact a Vehicle Inspection Program Licensing Analyst at [email protected] or call 780-427-8901 (toll free 310-0000).
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 211/206) for the types of vehicles your facility will be licensed to inspect.
An audit is required:
- for new facility applications
- every 2 years
- each time the location changes
- each time there is an ownership change
- when adding new program types to the current facility licence
Once you submit your application for a new facility licence, we add you to the audit rotation.
We do not schedule audits. They occur at any time during our regular business hours of 8:15 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. Facility audits typically happen within 90 days of being added to the rotation, depending on the applicant’s location.
The Facility Operating Manual, the equipment list (PDF, 49 KB) and the Vehicle Inspection Regulation (AR 211/206) outline the requirements for equipment and premises that we 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 inspection on vehicles not registered to their company require 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.
If your AMVIC licence is expired, suspended, or revoked, report this immediately to Alberta Transportation and stop performing vehicles inspection or issuing certificates under the Vehicle Inspection Program.
Facility Operating Manual
The purpose of the Facility Operating Manual is to provide facilities with one source guidance with respect to the regulatory requirements of the Vehicle Inspection Regulation (AR 211/206), the manner in which to conduct a vehicle inspection, and to issue a vehicle inspection record of inspection and certificate.
A facility that fails to comply with the Facility Operating Manual 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 purchase the FOM from Rileys. The FOM is not available for download.
There are 3 different technician manuals in the Vehicle Inspection Program. A technician can have one, 2 or all 3.
- Commercial Vehicle Inspection Manual
- Automotive and Light Truck Vehicle Inspection Manual
- Motorcycle Inspection Manual
The facility operator and technician must ensure the technician manual is located close to the area of inspection for easy reference.
The facility must display the licence 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.
If the facility is licensed to inspect out of province or salvage vehicles, the facility must post its shop rates where it is visible to the public.
The facility must also display their AMVIC licence, if applicable.
If the facility licence is missing, damaged or destroyed, report the problem immediately to us by email at [email protected] and request a replacement facility licence.
Once you have received a replacement, cut up the original licence 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.
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.
Connect with Carrier and Vehicle Safety:
Vehicle Inspection Program
Main Floor, Twin Atria Building
4999 98 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T6B 2X3
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