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​Collector vehicle program​

Do you own a beautiful collector or limited-edition collector vehicle that you just drive occasionally? You might want to apply for collector plates.​

The ICBC collector vehicle plate program exists to preserve the history of collectible vehicles in British Columbia. If qualified, your vehicle gets a special collector licence plate that shows it's a real classic.

Vehicle eligibility

Collector plates may be used on cars, light trucks and motorcycles.​ However, replicar, replikits (kit car), cab or chassis, vehicles with an aftermarket body not manufactured by the original manufacturer, or motor homes do not qualify for a collector plate. Your vehicle must meet the following requirements:

​Age

​To qualify, your vehicle must be one of the following:

  • 25 years or older

  • A limited production vehicle

    • ​​​15 years or older, and 
    • ​​​​1 of no more than 1,500 of that make and model (not edition) produced worldwide by the manufacturer for that model year.
  • A discontinued vehicle
    • ​15 years or older, and 
    • A manufacturer that owns the "trademark" or "make" of that vehicle has ceased manufacturing vehicles of any kind for at least the last five years.

Collectible condition

Vehicles with any damage anywhere  regardless of vehicle age  does not meet the collectible condition.​

  • Vehicle must be fully assembled with no missing parts and be in exceedingly good condition

  • Vehicle exterior must not have any dents, paint blemishes, bubbling, chips, rust, or visible primer. Body repairs to the vehicle must be completed according to professional practices and standards. 

  • Engine and engine compartment must be stock for the model year of the vehicle without any performance enhancements. Engine and engine compartment must be clean and free of rust and damage.​

  • Vehicle interior must be in excellent original or restored condition with no tears, stains, or significant wear and tear, and be neat and clean. If the vehicle is in original condition, minor restoration to the original upholstery are acceptable. Upholstery conditions also apply to motorcycle seats.

Accepted parts and accessories

Your vehicle must be maintained or restored to a condition that conforms to the original manufacturer’s specifications and is considered by ICBC to be of collectible value.

The engine and drivetrain must be stock for the vehicle model and year without any performance enhancements.

Acceptable after-market parts, era-correct accessories and safety upgrades can be found on the approved parts and accessories list (page 4 of the Application for Collector Vehicle Status).​​

Applying for collector vehicle plates and insurance

  1. Confirm your vehicle meets the eligibility requirements.

  2. Complete the Application for Collector Vehicle Status.

  3. Photograph your vehicle​ following the photo requirements (page 2 of the Application for Collector Vehicle Status). Here are some exam​​ple photos.

  1. Take the completed application and photos to an Autoplan broker or mail them to ICBC.

Mailing address

ICBC - Collector Vehicle Department
235-151 West Esplanade 
North Vancouver
BC V7M 3H9​

Submitting the application form

All pages of the application form must be completed for approval. Once we get your application, it will take about four to six weeks for review.​

During peak season (April - September), wait times may be longer due to the high volume of applications.

Top reasons an application might be declined

  • Incomplete applications

  • Vehicle has dents, paint blemishes, bubbling, chips, rust or visible primer

  • Missing photos or poor-quality photos

  • Non era-correct parts and accessories  (ex. stereo, wheels, performance enhancements)

  • Vehicle not fully assembled or with missing parts

Insuring your collector vehicle

If your application is approved, your Autoplan broker will contact you. You must insure your vehicle when you pick up your plates at your broker's office.

Reduced collector vehicle insurance premiums

Your collector vehicle may qualify for a lower collector insurance premium if you:

  • Own or lease another non-collector vehicle registered and licensed in your name, or

  • Have a company-assigned vehicle used for general transportation and insured under one of the applicable rate classes (see For Insurance Purposes in the Application for Collector Vehicle Status).

​If the only vehicle you have is your collector vehicle, it may still qualify for collector plates. However, it won't qualify for the lower collector vehicle insurance premium.

Insurance coverage and continued eligibility

It’s your responsibility to ensure the use and condition of your vehicle meets the terms of your policy. Failure to maintain these requirements may impact your insurance.

Keep your vehicle in the same condition as when originally approved for collector vehicle status. Should your vehicle’s condition deteriorate so it no longer complies with the collectible condition requirements, you need to immediately visit your Autoplan broker’s office to obtain regular plates and insurance.

When you're using your collector vehicle, you can drive for pleasure only. That means you can't use it to drive to or from, or part way to work or to school. Doing so will also affect your insurance.

For extra protection, we recommend optional extended coverage, such as Collision, Comprehensive or Specified Perils. Talk to your Autoplan broker for more details.

More information

Contact Collector Vehicle Program

Lower Mainland: 604-661-6890
Rest of B.C., Canada and the U.S.: 1-800-665-8262
Fax: 604-443-4451