Find out how to import a vehicle from another country and insure it for its trip to B.C., as well as after it's been imported.
To find out how to import a vehicle from another country, please see the websites of these federal government agencies:
If your vehicle is registered in another Canadian province, the import requirements of these agencies do not apply.
In addition to meeting federal import rules, most vehicles must be inspected at a provincial designated inspection facility. This ensures they meet B.C.'s safety standards.
To drive your vehicle to an inspection facility, you'll need to purchase temporary insurance from your Autoplan broker.
To drive a vehicle home from the U.S., you'll need to:
If you cancel the binder of insurance before its effective date, the full premium will be refunded. There are no refunds on binders of insurance once the policy is in effect.
When you arrive in B.C., you'll need to drive your vehicle to
Note: It can save you time and money to drive there before your temporary "binder" of insurance expires. Otherwise, you'll need to purchase additional insurance for those trips.
If you are buying or importing a vehicle or giving or receiving a gift vehicle there may be provincial sales tax applicable and exemptions may apply. Find out more:
Don't get stuck with a flood-damaged vehicle
Many U.S. vehicles have been damaged in floods.
These vehicles can't be licensed or insured in B.C.
For details, contact the Registrar of Imported Vehicles.