Out of Province Vehicle Inspections

A motor vehicle from outside the province of Alberta must complete and pass an Alberta Out of Province (OOP) Vehicle Inspection prior to licence plates being issued. The Government of Alberta may give an exemption from an inspection if the vehicles background report does not indicate flood, unsafe, salvage, or non-repairable damage.

What the Inspection Involves

An out of province inspection is a rudimentary safety or mechanical fitness assessment that must be completed by a certified journeyman technician who is licensed by Alberta Transportation’s Vehicle Inspection Program (VIP). Usually, the inspection takes less than three hours to perform.

The mechanical fitness section of the OOP vehicle inspection involves almost all the vehicle components including engine controls, powertrain, driveline, steering, suspension, braking systems, wiring and lights, tires, glass, wipers and defrosters, fuel and exhaust systems and all electrical mechanisms. The vehicle must be preserved within the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) standards or wear tolerances to pass the OOP inspection successfully.

Structural integrity inspections establish whether the vehicle’s body or frame has signs of major collision damage or repairs. They also inspect the vehicle for corrosion in the frame or body. The OOP vehicle inspection will not necessarily be conclusive in determining past crash history, as the inspection technicians are not autobody collision repair technicians.

If you suspect the vehicle had sustained major damage before you purchased it, you may want to have the vehicle examined more closely. Restored antique, home built, modified, street rod vehicles, classic, those that were not previously registered, or those where proof of prior Alberta registration cannot be provided, must also undergo an OOP Vehicle Inspection when they are registered the first time.

Inspection Deadlines

  • Vehicles that do not pass the initial inspection should be repaired within 10 days of the failure notice if you want to avoid an extra full inspection fee assessment.
  • Vehicles submitted for re-inspection within 10 days will only need a verification of required repairs.
  • Inspection certificates are good for 14 days, and all vehicles must be registered in the province of Alberta before the expiry date.
  • Should the vehicle owner not manage to register the vehicle in 14 days, a complete OOP Vehicle Inspection will be compulsory again.

Contact Unlimited Automotive today to book your OOP Vehicle Inspection.