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How to Register a New Vehicle Purchased In Another Canadian Jurisdiction

To register the vehicle in Newfoundland & Labrador you must provide the:

  • Bill of Sale
    • The Bill of sale must contain the vehicle identification number (serial number), date of sale and sale price. If the seller is an HST/GST registrant the HST/GST registrant's number and amount of HST/GST collected by registrant.
  • NVIS
    • New Vehicle Information Statement (issued by the manufacturer)
  • A vehicle registration application which includes:
    • Description of Vehicle:
      • Serial (VIN) number; make; liters; model; cylinders; model year; fuel type; style; seating capacity (if bus); vehicle type; colour; mass (kg); company unit number (if applicable);
    • Driver's Licence Number
      • driver licence number or date of birth in year, month, day (YYYYMMDD) format;
  • Insurance Information
    • Name of insurance company; policy number; expiration date and signature of applicant(s)

This will be completed for you at the Motor Registration Office or a blank copy can be mailed, faxed or emailed to you for completion.

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How to Register a Vehicle when Moving to Newfoundland and Labrador from a Canadian jurisdiction

You are required to register your vehicle within 90 days of entry into the Province. You will be tax exempt if you are a settler under which:

The Harmonized Sales Tax Act exempts settlers' effects as follows

Settler: means a natural person who has resided outside the province for a period of one hundred and eighty three (183) or more consecutive days prior to taking up residence in the province.

This definition does not include businesses, incorporated companies, non-profit organizations, churches or religious orders.

Settlers Effects: is defined to mean vehicles as defined in the Highway Traffic Act of a personal nature owned by a settler that accompany the settler into the provinces but does not include:

  1. motor vehicles that have been owned by the settler for a period of less than thirty-one (31) days before the settler's taking up residence in the province as a settler;
  2. trucks capable of commercial use and registered for a gross vehicle mass in excess of five thousand five hundred kilograms;
  3. vehicles held for use in business, trade, commerce or industry or professional practice; and
  4. vehicles held for any purpose other than the personal use or consumption of the settler or a member of his household.

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Definition of Resident

Resident means a person who lives in the province for 90 consecutive days or longer in a year.

If you are required to register your vehicle, you will need the

  • Vehicle registration certificate from the previous jurisdiction.
  • If your vehicle is leased, power of attorney from the leasing company to register the vehicle in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • A vehicle registration application which includes:
    • Description of Vehicle:
      • Serial (VIN) number; make; liters; model; cylinders; model year; fuel type; style; seating capacity (if bus); vehicle type; colour; mass (kg); company unit number (if applicable);
    • Driver's Licence Number
      • Applicant's Newfoundland and Labrador driver licence number or date of birth in year, month, day (YYYYMMDD) format;
    • Insurance Information
      • Name of insurance company; policy number; expiration date and signature of applicant(s).
This will be completed for you at the Motor Registration Division or a blank copy can be mailed, faxed or emailed to you for completion.

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Requirements when registering a vehicle previously registered outside of Canada

Motor Registration Division encourages clients to contact the following agencies BEFORE importing a vehicle into Canada for further information on eligibility and rules/costs on importing vehicles.

Canada Border Services – in Canada call 1-800-461-9999 in U.S. call 1-506-636-5064
Web site: http://cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/pub/bsf5048-eng.html External Link 

Registrar of Imported Vehicles - 1-888-848-8240
Web site: http://www.riv.ca/ImportingAVehicle.aspx External Link 

Transport Canada 1-800-333-0371 Web site: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/roadsafety/safevehicles-importation-usa-index-445.htm External Link 
(US) and
http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/roadsafety/safevehicles-importation-index-443.htm External Link  (import general)

To register the vehicle you will need

  • Title document/ vehicle registration certificate from the jurisdiction of registration.
  • Copy of the bill of sale.
  • Inspection slip – Inspection requirements can be found at http://www.gs.gov.nl.ca/drivers/DriversandVehicles/vehicleregistration/inspection.html
  • Proof of insurance (policy number and insurance company)
  • Canada Customs Clearance – Form 1 Vehicle Import Form and B15 Casual Goods and Accounting Document or B4 Personal Effects Accounting Document
  • A vehicle registration application which includes:
    • Description of Vehicle:
      • Serial (VIN) number; make; liters; model; cylinders; model year; fuel type; style; seating capacity (if bus); vehicle type; colour; mass (kg); company unit number (if applicable);
    • Driver's Licence Number
      • Applicant's Newfoundland and Labrador driver licence number or date of birth in year, month, day (YYYYMMDD) format;
    • Insurance Information
      • Name of insurance company; policy number; expiration date and signature of applicant(s).

This will be completed for you at the Motor Registration Division or a blank copy can be mailed, faxed or emailed to you for completion.

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Requirements when Leasing a Vehicle

If you have leased a vehicle from a company other than an automobile dealership registered with Motor Registration Division, you will need to produce a:

  • Copy of lease agreement including leasing company's HST or GST registration number.
  • Confirmation from leasing company that HST is being collected on monthly lease payments.
  • Power of attorney from leasing company to permit you to licence the vehicle in this province.
  • A Vehicle registration application which includes:
    • Description of Vehicle:
      • Serial (VIN) number; make; liters; model; cylinders; model year; fuel type; style; seating capacity (if bus); vehicle type; colour; mass (kg); company unit number (if applicable);
    • Driver's Licence Number
      • Applicant's Newfoundland and Labrador driver licence number or date of birth in year, month, day (YYYYMMDD) format;
    • Insurance Information
      • Name of insurance company; policy number; expiration date and signature of applicant(s)

This will be completed for you at the Motor Registration Division or a blank copy can be mailed, faxed or emailed to you for completion.

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Requirements when Buying a Vehicle from an Automobile Dealership within Newfoundland & Labrador

Upon sale of a vehicle, the dealership issues a temporary registration (valid for 120 days), collects the applicable registration fees and submits application and fees to Motor Registration Division for processing.

If you do not receive your permanent registration within 120 days, please contact the nearest Motor Registration Office in your area or call the Division toll free at 1-877-636-6867.

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