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Prorate plates for commercial vehicles

Prorate plates for commercial carriersProrate 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.

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At ICBC, we administer the provisions of the International Registration Plan (IRP) through Prorate Licensing services. We provide insurance and prorate plates for commercial vehicles in B.C.

Changes to Prorate Licensing effective January 1, 2015

The Full Reciprocity Plan (FRP) is in effect. Under FRP, carriers are granted full reciprocity for all apportioned (prorate) vehicles in all member jurisdictions. The change will simplify vehicle registration and renewal, making it more efficient and flexible.

For full details about prorate plates, download the B.C. International Registration Plan (IRP) Manual.

What vehicles need prorate plates?

Person or firms (i.e. carriers) operating commercial vehicle(s) that:

  • travel into two or more IRP jurisdictions (U.S. or Canada) and transport passengers for hire, or
  • are designed, used, or maintained primarily for the transportation of property.

How do I get prorate plates?

It is a two-step process:

1. Apply for a prorate account. You will need to provide the following information and submit all the completed documents to the ICBC Prorate Office.

  • Register with the Registrar of Companies in Victoria, B.C. (if applying under a company or firm name).
  • Have a National Safety Code (NSC) Certificate. For more information, call NSC at 250-952-0576
  • Obtain a B.C. International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) number for operating vehicles or vehicle/trailer combinations over 11,800 kilograms, or vehicles that have three axles (regardless of weight). Please note that it can take up to 21 days to receive your IFTA credentials from the Ministry of Finance. For more information, see the International Fuel Tax Agreement 
    Contact IFTA
    Phone: 250-387-0635
    Email: FuelTax@gov.bc.ca

2. With the prorate account, contact an Autoplan broker to obtain your insurance and prorate plates.

How long does it take to get my plates?

It takes a minimum of five business days to process applications for new prorate accounts. Once the account is set up, you can get a prorate plate within the same day.

How much do prorate plates cost?

The cost of prorate plates vary. For full details, see the B.C. International Registration Plan (IRP) Manual.

Full Reciprocity Plan (FRP) benefits

All member jurisdictions are displayed on the cab card and full reciprocity is granted to IRP vehicles.

Under FRP, you do not need to:

  • Plan which jurisdictions you will travel in when establishing or renewing IRP fleets
  • Provide any estimated distances or add jurisdictions
  • Pay fees over 100% due to second-year estimated distances and added jurisdictions
  • Purchase trip permits for temporary travel into a jurisdiction (provided the carriers are registered under IRP and properly insured)
  • Set up multiple fleets, each travelling in a different set of jurisdictions with different distances. However, multiple fleets per carrier will still be allowed under FRP

How it works

New IRP fleets effective on or after January 1, 2015 will use the base jurisdiction's average per vehicle distance (APVD) chart for all 59 jurisdictions and pay the proportionate amount of fees for each of those jurisdictions in order to establish the IRP fleet. FRP removes the option for you to provide estimated distances.

New or existing IRP fleets with a registration year beginning prior to January 1, 2015 will be subject to provisions of the current plan until you renew in 2015 – cab cards will only display those jurisdictions specifically requested. 

Existing IRP fleets (with no actual distances) renewing on or after January 1, 2015 will also be treated as a "new" IRP fleet and pay fees based on the APVD chart.

Existing IRP fleets (with actual distances) renewing on or after January 1, 2015 will report the actual distances operated during the distance reporting period and pay fees based only upon those distances as they do today. However, the renewal cab card will reflect all 59 jurisdictions.

For more information, visit the IRP website or call ICBC Prorate Office.

Contact ICBC Prorate Office

Phone
B.C. Lower Mainland: 604-443-4450
Toll-free in B.C.: 1-800-665-4336
Fax: 604-443-4451

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

Other useful contacts

  • Commercial Transport Program
    1-800-559-9688

  • Consumer Taxation Branch
    1-877-388-4440 (toll free)

  • National Safety Code (NSC)
    250-952-0576

  • Passenger Transportation Branch
    250-356-0528

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