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Motor Registration Division Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are your business hours? What is your mailing address?
  2. What is the best time to come to your office?
  3. What is your phone number?
  4. What is the rate of tax and how much is the transfer fee?
  5. Do I need an inspection to transfer my vehicle?
  6. How do I give a vehicle to a family member? Do I need to get a vehicle inspection when transferring a vehicle that was a gift?
  7. I am moving to Newfoundland from another province. How do I change over my licence and register my vehicle? How long before I must change everything over?
  8. How do I licence a home made trailer?
  9. How do I get a learner's licence ?
  10. How long does it take to do a photo licence? Do I get it right away?
  11. I need a driver's abstract. How do I get one?
  12. How can I pay for my driver's licence/vehicle registration?
  13. Can I pay traffic fines at Motor Registration?
  14. If I renew my vehicle registration after it has expired, why isn't my registration effective from the month I pay it?
  15. I'd like to import a vehicle into Canada from the U.S. What is the process?

1. What are your business hours? What is your mailing address?

Please see Motor Registration Division Locations page.

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2. What is the best time to come to your office?

At any time, but try to avoid the last 2 days of the month and the first 2 days of the next month. These are peak periods and you may have to wait.

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3. What is your phone number?

Please call toll free at 1-877-636-6867

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4. What is the rate of tax and how much is the transfer fee?

The current tax rate is 14% and the transfer fee is $25.

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5. Do I need an inspection to transfer my vehicle?

Yes, if the vehicle registration is valid or you intend to renew the vehicle registration at time of transfer. The following vehicles do not require an inspection at the time of transfer: motorcycles, public buses, school buses, commercial vehicles (exceeding 4500 kg), taxis or disabled passenger vehicles.

For further information on inspection requirements please see http://www.gs.gov.nl.ca/drivers/DriversandVehicles/vehicleregistration/inspection.html

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6. How do I give a vehicle to a family member? Do I need to get a vehicle inspection when transferring a vehicle that was a gift?

Giving a Vehicle as a Gift

Immediate family is defined to include the following:

  • husband-wife
  • common law spouse ¹
  • father-mother
  • son-daughter ²
  • sister-brother
  • grandparents
  • grandchildren
  • any in-law relationship ³

¹ Must be living together for minimum of 12 months. Includes same sex partners.
² Includes step children.
³ Including common law.

A gift of a vehicle may be given within the immediate family. You must submit a statement that a vehicle is a gift, indicating the licence plate number or serial (VIN) number of the vehicle, the relationship of parties involved and the date of gift. A vehicle transferred from one person to another within the immediate family is not subject to tax if the recipient falls within the definition of "immediate family" (see side bar).

  1. An inspection certificate is NOT REQUIRED.
  2. Vehicle Registered In Another Jurisdiction: A vehicle must be registered in the owner's name for a minimum of two (2) years before it can be given as a gift.
  3. In cases where the vehicle is registered in both husband and wife's name, the vehicle may be transferred to (ie. the wife's brother) but both husband and wife must sign the notice of gift.
  4. To transfer the vehicle to the new owner a completed and signed insurance declaration (found on the reverse of the current vehicle registration) is required.
  5. Transfer fee is $25.00

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7. I am moving to Newfoundland from another province. How do I change over my licence and register my vehicle? How long before I must change everything over?

New residents are required to register their vehicles within 30 days of entry into the Province.

Please visit our web page How to Register a Vehicle When Moving to Newfoundland & Labrador for further information http://www.gs.gov.nl.ca/drivers/DriversandVehicles/vehicleregistration/registration.html#3

New residents must exchange their existing driver's licence to a Newfoundland & Labrador licence within 90 days of taking up residence. If you are a visitor in Newfoundland and Labrador you can drive in this province for up to 3 months without getting a Newfoundland driver's licence if, you are at least 16 years of age, and you hold a valid driver's licence in another jurisdiction.

Please visit our web page New Residents for further information http://www.gs.gov.nl.ca/drivers/DriversandVehicles/driverlicensing/application.html#12

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8. How do I licence a home made trailer?

You must complete a declaration that you have built the trailer and have paid taxes on parts used to construct the trailer. Contact Motor Registration Division toll free at 1-877-636-6867 to have the necessary forms emailed or faxed to you. The registration fee is $38.

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9. How do I get a learner's licence ?

You must be at least 16 years of age to apply for a beginners permit in Newfoundland & Labrador and present proof of age. There is no fee associated with writing the knowledge test. The fee for the learners licence is $40.00.

Please visit our web page - Learners Licence http://www.gs.gov.nl.ca/drivers/DriversandVehicles/driverlicensing/application.html#1

for further information on the Graduated Driver Licence program and the Required Identification Documention page.

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10. How long does it take to do a photo licence? Do I get it right away?

It will take less than 5 minutes from the time your application is received by the clerk. Your driver's licence is issued to you immediately.

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11. I need a driver's abstract. How do I get one?

A copy of your driving record (driver's abstract) may be obtained in person, by mail or fax from any Motor Registration Office in the province.

Required Information:

  1. Surname and given name(s)
  2. Driver's licence number or date of birth
  3. Postal address or fax number (with area code) where you would like the driver's abstract returned.
  4. Any person requesting a driver's record for another individual must have written permission in order for the record to be processed.

Fee: $10.00

Method of Payment

Mail - Cheque or money order made payable to the Newfoundland Exchequer

Fax - Visa or Master Card. Include card number, expiry date by month and year, authorization to deduct fees from credit card and signature of card holder.

You can contact the: Driver Records Section

Toll Free: 1-877-636-6867
Tel: (709) 729-0331
Fax: (709) 729-7616
Email: driverrecords@gov.nl.ca

You must pay in advance to receive copies of your driver record. Please note that your request must be submitted to us in writing, we cannot accept requests via telephone.

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12. How can I pay for my driver's licence/vehicle registration?

Methods of Payment

Cheque or Money Order

You may send a cheque or money order made payable to the Newfoundland Exchequer Account. DO NOT MAIL CASH.

Visa and MasterCard

We also accept VISA and MasterCard by mail, or at our counter locations. Visa and MasterCard also accepted for online vehicle renewal.

There is a credit card payment box located on the back side of the driver licence and vehicle renewal application forms or include your VISA or MasterCard number, expiry date and signature with your documentation.

3rd Party Cheques
We do not accept 3rd Party cheques.

Debit Card
We accept debit cards at all our counter locations. Debit card also accepted for online vehicle renewal.

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13. Can I pay traffic fines at Motor Registration?

If the fines are on your record you can pay them at Motor Registration. Otherwise, you will have to pay them at the nearest Provincial Court or Traffic Court in St. John's.

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14. If I renew my vehicle registration after it has expired, why isn't my registration effective from the month I pay it?

The vast majority of vehicle registrations that are expired for less than three months are for vehicles that have been in use during that time, but owners have overlooked the expiry date. For that reason, the original expiry date is kept to encourage prompt payment. A new expiry date is given if the vehicle registration is renewed after three months and beyond.

For example, a vehicle registration that expired Dec. 31, 2004 would still receive a one-year expiry date of Dec. 31, 2005 even if it wasn't renewed until January, February or March 2005. If renewed in April 2005, the 12 months includes the month indicated on the sticker so the expiry date will be March 31, 2006. Vehicle owners are reminded that it is illegal to operate a vehicle without a valid registration.

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15. I'd like to import a vehicle into Canada from the U.S. What is the process?

For information on importing a vehicle into Canada and registration requirements in Newfoundland & Labrador please refer to our web page http://www.gs.gov.nl.ca/drivers/DriversandVehicles/vehicleregistration/registration.html  and refer to the link Requirements When Registering a Vehicle Previously Registered Outside of Canada.

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