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Import Auto to Canada - Import Checklist

Checklist for Importing Vehicles into Canada

Passenger vehicles

  • Recall clearance letter
  • The vehicle must bear a manufacturer's valid U.S. statement of compliance label at the time of importation.
  • The Registrar of Imported Vehicles will mail a Canadian statement of compliance label to you after passing the federal inspection.
  • Valid alpha-numeric 17-digit VIN
  • Metric speedometer and odometer labels (provided by inspection centre)
  • Daytime running lights
  • Infant restraint kit
  • Child tether anchorage (refer to Admissibility List)
  • 8 km/hour bumpers (refer to Admissibility List)
  • French supplementary restraint system label for airbags that require periodic maintenance

Trucks, MPVs, motor homes, minivans, chassis cabs

  • Recall clearance letter
  • The vehicle must bear a manufacturer's valid U.S. statement of compliance label at the time of importation.
  • The Registrar of Imported Vehicles will mail a Canadian statement of compliance label to you after passing the federal inspection.
  • Manufacturer's cargo capacity label if manufactured after April 1, 1999
  • Valid alpha-numeric 17-digit VIN
  • Metric speedometer and odometer labels (provided by inspection centre)
  • Daytime running lights
  • French supplementary restraint system label for airbags that require periodic maintenance

Trailers*

  • Recall clearance letter
  • The vehicle must bear a manufacturer's valid U.S. statement of compliance label at the time of importation, otherwise a manufacturer's letter of compliance will be required.
  • The Registrar of Imported Vehicles will mail a Canadian statement of compliance label to you after passing the federal inspection.
  • Valid alpha-numeric 17-digit VIN
  • Lighting
  • Reflectors
  • Travel trailers only - Manufacturer's cargo capacity label if manufactured after April 1, 1999

*Includes travel trailers, boat trailers, utility trailers, air braked trailers, and machinery on a trailer frame that is capable of being towed or drawn on a public roadway

Motorcycles

  • Recall clearance letter
  • The vehicle must bear a manufacturers valid U.S. statement of compliance at the time of importation
  • The Registrar of Imported Vehicles will mail a Canadian statement of compliance label to you after passing the federal inspection.
  • Valid alpha-numeric 17-digit VIN
  • Metric speedometer and odometer labels (provided by inspection centre)
  • All Lights On

Restricted-use motorcycles

  • Recall clearance letter
  • Off-road statement label
  • Reflectors

All terrain vehicles

  • Recall clearance letter
  • Off-road statement label
  • All Lights On, for existing lights

Snowmobiles

  • Recall clearance letter
  • The vehicle must bear a manufacturer's valid U.S. statement of compliance label or Snowmobile Safety Certification Committee at the time of importation label (SSCC), at the border
  • Headlights On
  • Lighting
  • Reflectors
  • Kill switch

Snowmobile cutters

  • Recall clearance letter
  • Reflectors
  • Rigid tow bar

Buses

  • Recall clearance letter
  • The vehicle must bear a manufacturer's valid U.S. statement of compliance label at the time of importation.
  • The Registrar of Imported Vehicles will mail a Canadian statement of compliance label to you after passing the federal inspection.
  • Valid alpha-numeric 17-digit VIN
  • Metric speedometer and odometer labels (provided by inspection centre)
  • Daytime running lights
  • French Supplementary Restraint System label for airbags that require periodic maintenance
  • Emergency exits, labels and mechanical
  • Manufacturer's cargo capacity label if manufactured after April 1, 1999


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