Alberta Assigned Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Program
Important Information and Instructions
The Alberta Assigned Vehicle Identification (VIN) Program is administered by
the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) on behalf of Alberta Transportation.
If you require assistance while submitting your application please contact IBC.
In Calgary call (403) 258-3677, outside of Calgary call 1-866-263-6240.
Return your application and payment (non-refundable) to IBC at the above
address, or you can apply online by visiting www.ibc.ca. Payment can be made by
credit card (Visa or Master Card), or by certified cheque or money order, made
payable to the Insurance Bureau of Canada. If faxing your application (see
number above), payment can only be made by credit card. Payment cannot be made
Upon receipt of your application and payment, IBC will contact you to schedule
a time and place for the examination of the vehicle/trailer.
At the vehicle/trailer examination you will be required to show your operator's
licence, or other picture ID if you do not have an operator's licence, and
proof of ownership. IBC will verify the identity of the owner through the
operator's licence or the picture ID. Where applicable, IBC will make a
photocopy or take a digital picture for their files of the following documents:
Proof of vehicle ownership (registration, bill of sale, NVIS, etc.)
Proof of ownership of components used (bill of sale)
IBC will examine the vehicle/trailer and its parts to determine if they have
been reported stolen. A VIN cannot be approved until the stolen status is
removed by the police authority.
IBC will also examine the vehicle and its parts to determine if they have a
non-repairable (or similar) status. In some cases, an Alberta VIN will not be
assigned to a vehicle using certain non-repairable part(s). Contact IBC if you
need further explanation on this.
The vehicle examination conducted by IBC is not an inspection of the safety
fitness and/or mechanical integrity of the vehicle. A Salvage Vehicle
Inspection or an Out-of-Province Vehicle Inspection, at the applicant's
expense, may be required before the vehicle can be registered in Alberta.
Please contact an Alberta registry agent for information on vehicle
On approval of your application, IBC may assign a new VIN or confirm the
original VIN of the vehicle. IBC will attach the VIN plate onto the vehicle. A
copy of an approval form will be given to you which must be presented to an
Alberta registry agent for the vehicle to be registered.
The VIN plate used is an Alberta Government-issued VIN plate and must not be
removed from the vehicle. If it should be removed, another vehicle examination
and service fee will be required in order for IBC to issue an official
replacement VIN plate to the vehicle.
Alberta Transportation has agreements with the police authorities in Alberta,
and with the Insurance Crime Prevention Bureau (a division of IBC), to share
information collected from the applicants of this service. This is for the
purposes of investigating auto-theft and auto-related offences including
conspiracy, fraud, possession of stolen property and other related crimes. This
information sharing, without the direct consent of the applicant, is authorized
under Sections 40(1)(e) and (q) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of