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"Prorate" plates for commercial vehicles

Prorate plates for commercial carriers

Prorate plates are licence plates issued for commercial vehicles that regularly travel into two or more jurisdictions in Canada or the U.S. The plates exempt carriers from having to buy trip permits when they enter a jurisdiction.

For full details about prorate plates, download the B.C. Apportioned Registration Manual —also known as the "prorate manual" (PDF).

 What vehicles need prorate plates?

Commercial vehicles that normally require trip permits when entering other U.S. or Canadian jurisdictions need prorate plates.

Carriers may prorate their vehicle(s) if the vehicles

How do I get prorate plates?

The first step is to apply to the B.C. Prorate Office for a prorate account.

To obtain a prorate account, a carrier must do the following:

Once the prorate account has been set-up, contact an Autoplan broker to obtain your prorate plates and insurance.

How long does it take to get my plates?

Processing applications for new prorate accounts takes a minimum of five business days.

How much do prorate plates cost?

The cost of prorate plates vary. For details, see the prorate manual (PDF).

Contact B.C.'s prorate office

Office hours: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Mailing address: ICBC Prorate Office PO Box 7500, Stn Terminal Vancouver, BC  V6B 5R9

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