Importing a vehicle

If you are thinking about importing a vehicle from the United States, you should understand the following three main steps of the process:

1. Before you import

  • Before purchasing and importing a vehicle, find out about the Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV) program, vehicle admissibility, RIV exemptions, recall clearance documentation, vehicle modification requirements and vehicle branding history.

2. At the border

  • Understand your obligations for reporting to U.S. Customs, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and registration into the RIV program.

3. After vehicle entry

  • Complete vehicle modifications, the RIV inspection process and contact your provincial/territorial licensing jurisdictions for information about licensing your vehicle.

Use the Importer Checklist tool to help you build and print a checklist for reference throughout the importing process.

Important note: This web site relates solely to information regarding vehicles originally manufactured to meet U.S. specifications being permanently imported into Canada. Visit the Transport Canada web site for information regarding the importation of vehicles from countries other than the U.S.


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.


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