Importing a vehicle
If you are thinking about importing a vehicle from the United States, you should understand the following eight simple steps of the process:
Determine if the vehicle you would like to purchase can be imported into Canada.
Recall clearance is a requirement for all vehicles being imported into Canada. Find out what documentation is required and how to obtain the recall clearance letter for your vehicle.
Requires three business days (72 hours) notice of all self-propelled vehicles leaving the country.
note: trailers are not self-propelled vehicles and therefore exempt from this requirement.
CBSA confirms vehicle admissibility, assesses duties and taxes, and initiates the RIV registration process.
Determine any possible duties, provincial and federal sales taxes, trip permits, temporary insurance and provincial licensing requirements before you import your vehicle.
The RIV inspection can only be completed by an authorized RIV inspection centre.
When your vehicle has passed the RIV inspection, contact your provincial or territorial licensing authority to find out how to license your vehicle.
Use the Importer Checklist tool to help you build and print a checklist for reference throughout the importing process.
Download a printable RIV brochure in Adobe PDF format.*
* You must have Adobe Reader installed in order to open and view the PDF. To download a free copy, visit www.adobe.com.