Commercial Vehicle Permits

Last updated on November 29, 2022

Obtain permits and approved routes for commercial trucking in British Columbia.

Commercial Transport Permits Online

Follow these steps to obtain select commercial vehicle permits online:

  1. Review the Commercial Transport Procedures for your load
  2. Stay up-to-date with current standards, procedures and polices
  3. Use the Drive BC Height Clearance Tool to find out known restrictions on the route you plan to follow
    Note: Google maps is not an accurate source for route information for commercial transport vehicles
  4. Check a Carrier‘s Performance
  5. Check T-forms to see if a pre-approved permit is available for your load
  6. Determine if the type of permit you need is available in the online system. All other permits must be requested through the Provincial Permit Centre.
  7. Login to Commercial Vehicle Permits Online using your BCeID, or register to get started
  8. Complete your permit application ensuring you meet all permit conditions (attach relevant information, approvals and forms)
  9. Pay online with your Inspection Station account (certain permit types only) or credit card
  10. Retrieve and view copies of your organization's permits using the Permit Search function
  11. Contact the Provincial Permit Centre if you have questions.
    Toll-free: 1-800-559-9688

Online services are available 24 hours per day 7 days per week, except when maintenance is required.

Permits available in Commercial Vehicle Permits Online

  • Single Trip, Overweight permit
  • Single Trip, Overweight/Oversize permit
  • Single Trip, Oversize permit (receive immediately) depending on the commodity and dimensions
  • Term Oversize permit (receive immediately) for the following specific commodities only:
    • general vehicle and loads; general mobile homes; boomsticks and poles; haybales (round); long logs; auto carrier, campers and boats; inter-city bus with pony trailer
  • Single Trip, Non-Resident permit (receive immediately) for vehicles that have a gross vehicle weight between 5,000 kg and 63,500 kg. The following vehicle types:
    • commercial vehicles; commercial passenger vehicle (bus); industrial vehicle (x-plated); farm tractor; farm vehicle.

Note: For more information regarding non-resident commercial vehicles and for CAVR exemptions, please refer to Compliance Circular 06/08-Changes to the Non-Resident Quarterly Permit Weight Threshold and the Repeal of the Peace River Farm Agreement

  • Motive Fuel User permit (receive immediately)
    This is a temporary permit which must be purchased by the owner/ operator of a motive fuel-powered IFTA commercial vehicle that is not currently registered under IFTA (i.e., does not have a current IFTA license and decals), each time the vehicle enters into B.C.

    An IFTA commercial vehicle is a motor vehicle that is used interprovincially or internationally for the commercial carriage of passengers or goods and that:  
  • Has two axles and a gross vehicle weight or registered gross vehicle weight exceeding 11,800 kg; or
  • Has three or more axles regardless of weight; or
  • When combined with the trailer with which it’s used, has a gross vehicle weight exceeding 11,800 kg; but
  • Does not include a recreation vehicle.

The cost of permits is based on the estimated distance to be travelled in B.C.

For vehicles licensed under 11,800 kg that have more than 2 axles contact the Provincial Permit Centre at 1-800-559-9688 for the required Motive Fuel User permit.

For more information, please refer to the International Fuel Tax Agreement and Motive fuel user permits in B.C.

Provincial Permit Centre

For all other permits contact the Provincial Permit Centre.

Personal information is collected by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure under section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) for contact purposes and permit issuance. Should you have any questions about the collection of this personal information please contact: Provincial Permit Centre Manager, CVSE Branch, MoTI, Business Unit, 1201 103 Ave Dawson Creek BC V1G4J2 (250) 784-2224.

Forms, Circulars, Bulletins & Notices

Stay up-to-date with current standards, procedures and polices. Check what's new at CVSE and download the most current forms.

T Forms

Permit condition forms.

Useful Contacts

If you have questions about permits contact the Provincial Permit Centre.

Toll-free: 1-800-559-9688

If you have questions about vehicle safety and enforcement, please contact one of our offices.
Contact listings by general inquiries, program offices and district offices