Apply for a new licence
To apply for a vehicle inspection licence, you will need to complete a new technician application.
New applicants will need the following:
- email address
- Motor Vehicle Identification Number (MVID)
- a copy of your criminal record check (dated within the past 90 days)
- a copy of your journeyman certificate(s)
- vehicle inspection manual(s)
- credit card to complete the $250 payment
The MVID is a 9-digit number found near the barcode on your Alberta driver's licence.
Renew your licence
To renew your vehicle inspection licence, you will need to complete a technician renewal application.
All renewing inspection technicians are required to submit a criminal record check, dated within the past 90 days, before their inspection licence is renewed.
If you are a renewing inspection technician, we will have copies of your journeyman certificate(s) already on file. If we are unable to locate a copy of your journeyman certificate, a Vehicle Inspection Program Licensing Analyst will contact you for additional information.
Ensure that you are entering your information correctly. The renewal application is attempting to access your technician file so the information needs to match what Alberta Transportation has on file in order for it to be retrieved.
Use the name on your technician licence. If the name on your technician licence is 'Michael', you cannot enter 'Mike'.
The 'Find Technician' page wants either your driver's licence number or MVID, not both. Try leaving the driver's licence field blank and just use your MVID.
We may have an old email address (or no email address) on file. Try using an old email and see if that works (email addresses can always be changed when you complete the application). If we did not have an email address on file for you, try entering ‘[email protected]’ in the email field.
If you continue to have problems, complete a new technician application instead (we will ensure you keep your technician number) or contact a Vehicle Inspection Program Licensing Analyst at [email protected] or call 780-427-8901 (toll free 310-0000).
The purpose of the vehicle inspections manuals is to provide technicians with one-source guidance on requirements of the Vehicle Inspection Regulation, conducting a vehicle inspection, and issuing a vehicle inspection certificate and record of inspection.
A technician who fails to comply with the vehicle inspection manuals may be subject to sanctions up to the suspension or revocation of the technician licence.
Technicians must be able to prove to a Vehicle Safety Investigator how they can access the appropriate vehicle inspection manual while they complete an inspection.
Which manual you use depends on the type of inspection you are completing:
- Commercial Vehicle Inspection Manual: Follow this manual to complete all commercial inspections.
- Automotive and Light Truck Vehicle Inspection Manual: Follow this manual when completing out of province and salvage vehicle inspections.
- Motorcycle Inspection Manual: Use this manual to complete either an out of province or salvage inspection on a motorcycle or tricycle.
Technicians can either print out a copy of the manual or save an electronic copy. Printed copies are available for purchase from Rileys.
Alberta Transportation works with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training to determine what journeyman qualifications are acceptable when completing particular inspections.
Below is a general guideline on the program or vehicle types and the journeyman qualifications required:
- Auto Body Technician: Salvage inspections (structural portion) only.
- Automotive Service Technician: Commercial and out of province inspections on most vehicle types – Cannot inspect vehicles with air brakes.
- Heavy Equipment Technician: Commercial and out of province inspections on most vehicle types – Cannot complete out of province inspections for automotive vehicle type.
- Transport Trailer Mechanic: Commercial inspections on trailers only.
- Truck and Transport Mechanic: Commercial and out of province inspections on most vehicle types – Cannot complete out of province inspections for automotive vehicle type.
- Motorcycle Mechanic: Out of province and salvage inspections on motorcycles only.
Alberta Transportation requires a copy of the journeyman certificate. Letters of completion or transcripts will not be accepted.
Heavy equipment program
Once you have successfully completed the first year of the heavy equipment program plus 3,300 hours on the job training, you can apply for a commercial inspection licence to inspect trailers.
Instead of the journeyman certificate, we require a letter from Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training indicating you have met the previously mentioned qualifications.
Once you have completed the online technician application form, please contact your local Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office to have them forward your qualifications.
Certificates from outside Alberta
A journeyman certificate from outside Alberta will be accepted if Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training lists it as a recognized credential.
If your journeyman certificate is not listed, please contact your local Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office.
Criminal record checks
You can obtain a criminal record check from the RCMP, local law enforcement or through Sterling BackCheck, an online service.
We require a criminal record check dated within the past 90 days. If a technician has a criminal record check that is older than 90 days, they will need to obtain a new one.
We also have third party access to Sterling BackCheck's criminal record check results that allow us to verify the validity of the criminal record check.
We do not have this access with any other provider and cannot accept criminal record checks from any other online provider.
We have a set cost of $29.50 for criminal record checks obtained through Sterling BackCheck.
Criminal record checks obtained through the RCMP or local law enforcement have no set price and may vary throughout the province.
Access Sterling BackCheck using the appropriate link below:
Note: If you are obtaining a criminal record check through Sterling BackCheck, please ensure you ‘share’ your results with Alberta Transportation.
Criminal record check results
If a criminal record check has anything other than ‘Clear’ or ‘Negative’, we require a detailed list of all criminal convictions on the technician's record.
This detailed list can only be obtained from the RCMP or local law enforcement. Fingerprints will likely be taken and sent away for verification. This process can take a number of weeks to complete.
A technician licence will not be issued until the details of the criminal record have been received and reviewed.
We review all criminal convictions within the past 10 years. If there are criminal convictions older than 10 years, they will be reviewed but will not affect the technician's ability to obtain an inspection technician licence.
Certain criminal convictions that have occurred within the past 10 years may affect a technician's ability to obtain an inspection technician licence. These convictions may include, but are not limited to:
- failure to comply
If a criminal record check is submitted with these types of convictions, additional information will be obtained from the technician regarding the charges before a decision is made about whether or not an inspection technician licence can be issued.
Connect with the Vehicle Inspection Program:
Vehicle Inspection Program
Main Floor, Twin Atria Building
4999 98 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T6B 2X3
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