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Fax: 613.736.1395
Email: info@ccmta.ca

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Courriel: info@ccmta.ca

Frequently Asked Questions

CCMTA

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What is the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA)?

The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators is a national forum comprised of representatives from all provincial and territorial governments as well as the federal government of Canada.

What does the CCMTA do?

CCMTA is Canada's official organization for coordinating matters dealing with the administration, regulation and control of motor vehicle transportation and highway safety. Members make decisions through a collective consultative process.

Is CCMTA a Government Agency?

CCMTA is a non-profit incorporated organization.

How is CCMTA funded?

CCMTA receives funding from its members comprised of provincial/territorial/federal ministries of transportation. In addition, CCMTA generates revenues from its services (e.g. associates program, publications, events, and through the management of the Interprovincial Record Exchange).

What is CCMTA doing to improve road safety?

In Canada, responsibility for road safety is divided among various levels of government, and falls within the purview of the provincial , territorial or federal jurisdiction. Canada's Road Safety Strategy 2025 is Canada's plan to improve safety on our roads. It provides jurisdictions with a framework of best practices to address specific road safety challenges.

This includes:

Does CCMTA issue vehicle registrations, driver licences or international driver licences?

Drivers licenses, international and vehicle registrations are the responsibility of the provincial/territorial Ministry of Transportation.

Does CCMTA provide winter road conditions?

To find out about winter road conditions for your area, visit your provincial/territorial ministry of transportation.

Does CCMTA deal with highways and infrastructure?

CCMTA does not deal with highway and infrastructure matters. To learn more, visit Transport Canada or the Transportation Association of Canada.

Where can I find Canadian motor vehicle collision statistics?

Collected in collaboration with CCMTA, Transport Canada annually produces a pamphlet entitled "Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics". It contains statistical information on the "Number of Licensed Drivers by Gender and Age Group", "Fatalities and Injuries by Age Group", "Fatalities by Road User Class" etc.

Driver Licensing

Why do I have to transfer my driver's licence when I move from one province/territory to another?

Driver licensing is a provincial/territorial responsibility thus requiring drivers to be licensed in the province/territory of residence.

Who issues and maintains driver licence records for each province/territory?

Please see table below:

Driver Licensing

Vehicle Registration

Commercial Motor Carrier Operating Authority
(Safety Certificate)

British Columbia

Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC)

Driver Programs

Driver Licensing


Commercial Driver Licensing

Tel: (800) 663-3051 or

(604) 661-2800

Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC)

Vehicle Registration Office

BC Ministry of Transportation

Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement Branch

Tel: (250) 953-4017

Fax: (250) 952-0578

NSC Application Office

Tel: (250) 952-0576

Fax: (250) 952-0578

Vehicle Permit Line:

(800) 559-9688

Alberta

Ministry of Transport/Infrastructure

Driver Licensing

Ministry of Transport/Infrastructure

Vehicle Registrations

Ministry of Transport/Infrastructure

Commercial Transportation

Saskatchewan

SGI - Licensing and Registration Services

Driver Licensing

SGI - Licensing & Registration Services

Vehicle Registrations

Saskatchewan Highways and Transportation

Transport Compliance and Trucking Information

Manitoba

Manitoba Public Insurance

Driver Licensing

Manitoba Public Insurance

Registration

Manitoba Infrastructure & Transportation

Motor Carrier Division

Ontario

Ministry of Transportation

Licensing Control Branch

Driver Licensing

Tel: 416-235-2999 or

1-800-387-3445

Ministry of Transportation

Licensing Control Branch

Vehicle Registration

Tel: 416-235-2999 or

1-800-387-3445

Ministry of Transportation

Carrier Safety & Enforcement Branch

Commercial Vehicle Operator's Registration (CVOR)

Tel: 416-246-7166 or

1-800-387-7736

Québec

Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ)

Permis de conduire

Tel: 1-800-361-7620

Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ)

Immatriculation

Tel: 1-800-361-7620

Commission des Transports du Québec

Véhicules lourds

Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ)

Véhicules lourds

New Brunswick

Department of Public Safety

Licensing & Records Branch

Driver Licensing

Tel: (506) 453-3992

Department of Public Safety

Licensing & Records Branch

Vehicle Registration

Tel: (506) 453-3992

Department of Public Safety

Licensing & Records Branch

Trucking and Transport Industry

Tel: (888) 762-8600

Permit Services: (506) 453-2982

Nova Scotia

Service Nova Scotia

Road Safety Programs

Drivers Licence Information

Tel: (902) 424-5200

Service Nova Scotia

Road Safety Programs

Vehicle Registration and Plates

Tel: (902) 424-5200

Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal

Vehicle Compliance

Transportation and Infrastructure Rewal

Prince Edward Island

Dept. of Transportation &

Public Works

Highway Safety Operations

Driver's License Info

Dept. of Transportation &

Public Works

Highway Safety Operations

Vehicle Registrations

Dept. of Transportation & Public Works

Highway Safety Operations

Newfoundland and Labrador

Department of Government Services

Driver Licensing

Tel: 1-877-636-6867

Department of Government Services

Vehicle Registration

Tel: 1-877-636-6867

Department of Government Services

Inspection Requirements

Northwest Territories

Department of Transportation

The NWT Driver Licence

Registrar, Road Licencing

and Safety

Department of Transportation

Tel: (867) 873-7406

Registrar, Road Licencing

and Safety

Department of Transportation

Tel: (867) 873-7406

Yukon

Department of Highways and Public Works

Driver Licenses

Department of Highways and Public Works

Vehicle Registration

Department of Highways and Public Works

Transport Services

Permit Services

Nunavut

Dept. of Economic Development and Transportation

Motor Vehicles Section

P.O. Box 207

Gjoa Haven, NU X0B 1J0

Dept. of Economic Development and Transportation

Motor Vehicles Section

P.O. Box 207

Gjoa Haven, NU X0B 1J0

Dept. of Economic Development and Transportation

Motor Vehicles Section

P.O. Box 207

Gjoa Haven, NU X0B 1J0


I am moving to Canada from another country. Can I exchange my present valid driver's licence for a Canadian one, or must I apply for a new driver's licence and complete the necessary written and practical testing?

U.S/ citizens moving to Canada:

All Canadian jurisdictions extend reciprocity to regular passenger vehicle driver licenses issued by all U.S. states without any additional retesting.

Canadian citizens moving to the US:

Please click here to see which U.S. states extend reciprocity to regular passenger vehicle drivers licenses issued by all Canadian province/territory without any additional written or practical testing.

Other citizens, moving to and from Canada (not from the US):

Some countries have reciprocal driver licence exchange agreements with individual Canadian provinces/territories. Please click here to see which countries participate.

When entering into an agreement with another country, Canadian jurisdictions use the following CCMTA guidelines, approved in May 2004:

Undertake due diligence to ensure licensing standards are comparable.

  • Determine if foreign jurisdiction has adequate internal controls, fraudulent document recognition processes, proper record keeping and security elements in the driver licence card itself.
  • Determine what other jurisdictions the reciprocating jurisdiction has agreements with so as to avoid security issues.
  • Verification of identity - consistent with CCMTA Oversight Committee working groups.
  • Proof of residency - consistent with definition of residency developed by AAMVA - addresses situations of multiple residences, limits person to possess one licence.
  • Authenticate documents presented at point of contact. (e.g. International ID Checking Guide)
  • Licence surrendered or marked indicating non-valid in provincial jurisdiction.
  • Notification of exchanged licences from reciprocating jurisdictions. Issuing jurisdiction agrees to cancel licence.
  • Verify licence validity and status directly from foreign issuing jurisdiction to provincial jurisdiction.
  • Valid licence is defined as not expired, revoked, suspended, withdrawn or cancelled by the issuing jurisdiction at the time it is presented for exchange. Expired licences may be processed through an exception procedure.
  • Driver licence classification valid for exchange: passenger vehicle licences only (i.e. not commercial driver licenses or driver licences for motorcycle).
  • Reserve the right to administer written and road tests.
  • Retain medical and vision testing.
  • Consult with Foreign Affairs Canada prior to signing agreement, if appropriate.

Is an International Drivers Permit (IDP) the same as a driver's licence?

An international driver's permit is valid only when the driver has a valid licence issued by a jurisdiction permitting the operation of a passenger vehicle.

A valid driver's licence issued by a jurisdiction must be carried in conjunction with the IDP.

Most countries consider an IDP to be a translator of the driver's licence of the issuing country/state/province/territory. Simply stated, an IDP is a translation of a licence issued by the country of residence to help people travelling abroad to avoid language barriers between foreign drivers and law enforcement.

Vehicles

Who issues and maintains vehicle registration records for each province/territory?

Please see table below:

Driver Licensing

Vehicle Registration

Commercial Motor Carrier Operating Authority
(Safety Certificate)

British Columbia

Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC)
Driver Programs

Driver Licensing

Commercial Driver Licensing


Tel: (800) 663-3051 or
(604) 661-2800

Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC)
Vehicle Registration Office

BC Ministry of Transportation

Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement Branch
Tel: (250) 953-4017
Fax: (250) 952-0578

NSC Application Office
Tel: (250) 952-0576
Fax: (250) 952-0578

Vehicle Permit Line:
(800) 559-9688

Alberta

Ministry of Transport/Infrastructure
Driver Licensing

Ministry of Transport/Infrastructure
Vehicle Registrations

Ministry of Transport/Infrastructure
Commercial Transportation

Saskatchewan

SGI - Licensing and Registration Services
Driver Licensing

SGI - Licensing & Registration Services
Vehicle Registrations

Saskatchewan Highways and Transportation
Transport Compliance and Trucking Information

Manitoba

Manitoba Public Insurance
Driver Licensing

Manitoba Public Insurance
Registration

Manitoba Infrastructure & Transportation
Motor Carrier Division

Ontario

Ministry of Transportation
Licensing Control Branch
Driver Licensing

Tel: 416-235-2999 or
1-800-387-3445

Ministry of Transportation
Licensing Control Branch
Vehicle Registration

Tel: 416-235-2999 or
1-800-387-3445

Ministry of Transportation
Carrier Safety & Enforcement Branch
Commercial Vehicle Operator's Registration (CVOR)

Tel: 416-246-7166 or
1-800-387-7736

Québec

Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ)
Permis de conduire

Tel: 1-800-361-7620

Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ)
Immatriculation

Tel: 1-800-361-7620

Commission des Transports du Québec
Véhicules lourds

Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ)
Véhicules lourds

New Brunswick

Department of Public Safety
Licensing & Records Branch
Driver Licensing

Tel: (506) 453-3992

Department of Public Safety
Licensing & Records Branch
Vehicle Registration

Tel: (506) 453-3992

Department of Public Safety
Licensing & Records Branch
Trucking and Transport Industry

Tel: (888) 762-8600

Permit Services: (506) 453-2982

Nova Scotia

Service Nova Scotia

Drivers Licence Information

Tel: (902) 424-5200

Service Nova Scotia

Vehicle Registration and Plates

Tel: (902) 424-5200

Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
Vehicle Compliance

Transportation and Infrastructure Rewal

Prince Edward Island

Dept. of Transportation &
Public Works
Highway Safety Operations
Driver's License Info

Dept. of Transportation &
Public Works
Highway Safety Operations
Vehicle Registrations

Dept. of Transportation & Public Works
Highway Safety Operations

Newfoundland and Labrador

Department of Government Services
Driver Licensing

Tel: 1-877-636-6867

Department of Government Services
Vehicle Registration

Tel: 1-877-636-6867

Department of Government Services

Inspection Requirements

Northwest Territories

Department of Transportation

The NWT Driver Licence

Registrar, Road Licencing
and Safety
Department of Transportation
Tel: (867) 873-7406

Registrar, Road Licencing
and Safety
Department of Transportation
Tel: (867) 873-7406

Yukon

Department of Highways and Public Works
Driver Licenses

Department of Highways and Public Works
Vehicle Registration

Department of Highways and Public Works
Transport Services
Permit Services

Nunavut

Dept. of Economic Development and Transportation
Motor Vehicles Section
P.O. Box 207
Gjoa Haven, NU X0B 1J0

Dept. of Economic Development and Transportation
Motor Vehicles Section
P.O. Box 207
Gjoa Haven, NU X0B 1J0

Dept. of Economic Development and Transportation
Motor Vehicles Section
P.O. Box 207
Gjoa Haven, NU X0B 1J0

What are the rules, requirements and regulations for importing a car into Canada?

If importing a vehicle from the U.S.A., please contact the Registrar of Imported Vehicles toll-free at 1-888-848-8240.

If importing a vehicle from some place other than the USA, please contact Transport Canada toll-free at 1-800-333-0371.

What are the laws and regulations regarding the restoration and rebuilding of motor vehicles?

Each Canadian province/territory has regulations dealing with standards for rebuilding motor vehicles. You must contact the jurisdiction where the motor vehicle is to be registered for further information.

What are the vehicle requirements for aftermarket parts?

Each Canadian province/territory has regulations dealing with vehicle requirements for aftermarket parts. You must contact each jurisdiction for further information.

Where can I get information on vehicle manufacturing standards in Canada?

Please go to the Transport Canada for further information.

Commercial Carriers

What is the National Safety Code for Motor Carriers and where can I obtain a copy?

The National Safety Code for Motor Carriers (also referred to as "NSC") is a comprehensive code of minimum performance standards for the safe operation of commercial vehicles. The code applies to all persons responsible for the operation of commercial vehicles on the road, including trucks, buses tractors and trailers.

The National Safety Code (NSC) for Motor Carriers manual is available for PDF download or purchase. Please click here.

Standards 11, 12 and 13 previously published in the manual entitled Commercial Vehicle Inspections in Canada have been replaced by the new National Safety Code Standard 11: Maintenance and Periodic Inspection Standards and are available by free PDF download.

How do I get my motor carrier operating authority (safety certificate) in Canada?

Authority must be sought from each jurisdiction in which you intend to travel. Should you not wish to conduct regular business in a province/territory on an ongoing basis, application can be made for a trip permit.

I've heard about a new North American Cargo Securement Standard. Can you tell me anything about it?

The North American Cargo Securement Standard is a performance-based standard. In the mid-1990s a joint CCMTA/U.S. research project, including industry stakeholders, was undertaken to establish a sound technical foundation for a review of the regulations governing load security.

Research reports emanating from this project can be obtained at the CCMTA Publications webpage.

Since 1994 there has been active and close collaboration between representatives of governments and industry in both Canada and the United States in pursuit of developing and implementing uniform regulatory requirements for securement of cargo on highway transport vehicles.

Key milestones in this collaboration and related documents such as the Final NSC Standard on Cargo Securement and the training program can also be obtained on the Cargo Securement webpage.

Where can I obtain dangerous goods legislation for each of the provinces/territories?

Canadian provinces/territories model their legislation on the federal regulations /legislation for the Transportation of Dangerous Goods. Please contact Transport Canada for the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act and Regulations.

For further provincial/territorial information please see the agencies below:

  • British Columbia
    Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General, Commercial Vehicle Safety & Enforcement Division
    Tel: (250) 953-4016, Fax: (250) 952-0578, TDG Act

  • Alberta
    Alberta Infrastructure & Transportation, Coordination and Information Centre: 1-800-272-9600
    Dangerous Goods Handling

  • Saskatchewan
    Department of Justice Queen's Printers, Dangerous Goods Transportation Regulation

  • Manitoba
    Dangerous Goods Handing and Transportation Act

  • Ontario
    Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Provincial Dangerous Goods Coordinator
    Tel: (905) 704-2342

  • Québec
    Ministère des Transports du Québec, Matières dangereuses

  • New Brunswick
    New Brunswick Department of Public Safety
    Tel: (506) 453-3992
    Transportation of Dangerous Goods

  • Nova Scotia
    Dept. of Transportation and Public Works, Vehicle Compliance, Tel: (902) 424-3602
    Transportation of Dangerous Goods

  • Prince Edward Island
    Department of Transportation and Public Works, Highway Safety Operations
    Tel: (902) 368-5222

  • Newfoundland
    Tel: (709) 729-3454

  • Northwest Territories
    Department of Transportation, Vehicle Inspections Programs
    Tel: (867) 920-8015

  • Yukon
    Department of Highways and Public Works, Transportation Services
    Tel: (867) 667-5920

  • Nunavut
    Department of Economic Development and Transportation, Services & Inspections
    Tel: (867) 975-5381

Does Canada have a uniform bill of lading?

All jurisdictions ensure bill of lading provisions are safeguarded in jurisdictional legislation.

The existing bills of lading provisions are similar among the provinces/territories, with variations relating to specific commodities. The legislation in each jurisdiction is the best source for bill of lading requirements.

What are the new Canadian regulations for reflective tape on trailers?

Transport Canada is responsible for setting vehicle manufacturing standards in Canada. The provinces/territories have the responsibility of implementing these standards, including any requirements for retrofit.

Implementation date for retrofitting trailers:

- January 1, 2000 for all trailers built on or/after December 1, 1993
- January 1, 2002 for all trailers built prior to December 1, 1993

Rules and technical specifications on reflective tape can be found at the Transport Canada. A number of provincial governments have introduced requirements for reflective tape in their respective Highway Traffic Acts or vehicle equipment regulations.

Miscellaneous

I wish to obtain a copy of the Highway Traffic Act for my province/territory, where do I find this?

Please contact your provincial/territorial government website.

Where can I find Canadian motor vehicle collision statistics?

Collected in collaboration with CCMTA , Transport Canada annually produces a pamphlet entitled "Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics". It contains statistical information on the "Number of Licensed Drivers by Gender and Age Group", "Fatalities and Injuries by Age Group", "Fatalities by Road User Class" etc.

When did the Canadian provinces and territories introduce seat belt and child restraint legislation?

Please click here for legislation dates.

Are there any recommended guidelines in Canada for the operation of power-assisted bicycles?

Please click here for the recommended guidelines for Canada. For specific provincial and territorial regulations, please contact the appropriate jurisdiction.

Where can you legally operate a radar detector in Canada?

Please click here for the radar detector status in Canada.


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