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.
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:
To qualify, your vehicle must be
one of the following:
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
Confirm your vehicle meets the eligibility requirements.
Application for Collector Vehicle Status.
Photograph your vehicle following the
photo requirements (page 2 of the Application for Collector Vehicle Status). Here are some
Take the completed application and photos to an Autoplan broker or mail them to ICBC.
ICBC - Collector Vehicle Department
235-151 West Esplanade
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
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.
Contact Collector Vehicle Program
Lower Mainland: 604-661-6890
Rest of B.C., Canada and the U.S.: 1-800-665-8262