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:
- 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, vehicle branding history and Environment Canada requirements.
- Understand your obligations for reporting to U.S. Customs, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and registration into the RIV program.
- 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.
Download a printable RIV brochure in Adobe PDF format.*
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