Authorized Vehicle Inspectors

Only trade qualified vehicle technicians, certified by the director of Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE), can conduct vehicle inspections in B.C.

Be Prepared

You will need:

  • Personal BCeID and password (learn how to apply and how long it may take)
  • Personal email address (not associated with the inspection facility)
  • Authorized inspectors must operate from a Designated Inspection Facility or a Preventative Maintenance Program Facility
  • You must be a journey mechanic holding a valid Certificate of Trade Qualification issued by the B.C. Industry Training Centre or have an equivalent Inter-provincial Red-Seal Certificate recognized in Canada in at least one of the following trades:
    • Automotive Service Technician
    • Commercial Transport Mechanic/Technician
    • Commercial Transport Trailer Technician
    • Heavy Duty Mechanic
    • Trailer Mechanic
    • Motorcycle Mechanic/Technician (required to be authorized for motorcycle inspections)
  • Requirements for optional endorsements:
    • Pressure Fuel – Current Certificate of Qualification (LPG, CNG, CNLP, LPNG) issued by the British Columbia Safety Authority
    • Air Brake Inspection – Heavy Duty and Commercial Transport and Trailer Technicians are qualified for an Air Brake endorsement automatically. Automotive Technicians are required to pass an Air Brake Repair course. An Air Brake endorsement on a drivers licence in itself is not sufficient.
  • You must have successfully completed the Authorized Inspector Training Course at a college or training facility. 
  • If your Authorized Inspector certificate has been expired for 5 years or more, you must retake the Authorized Inspector Training Course before a renewed certificate will be issued.

Submit Your Application

All applications and renewals must be submitted online using the VIP Online system.

Applications that include online payment will be given priority. See your payment options.

  • Log in to the new VIP Online system with your  personal BCeID and password
  • On the VIP Online Homepage, click the link to start your application
  • Read the instructions and follow the prompts
  • For any required documents, you will have the option near the end of the application to attach them as electronic files or indicate you will send them to CVSE by mail or fax
  • An Application Number will be assigned to all submitted renewal applications. Please use this number during any communications with CVSE regarding your application.
  • Confirmation of your application will be sent to your personal email address if you use the online payment option. If you submit payment by another option you will not receive confirmation until the payment is received.
  • Your certificate will be sent to your personal email address. Paper copies are not mailed.

Duties and Responsibilities of an Authorized Inspector

Inspections

  • Issue inspection certificates only for
    • vehicles you are authorized to inspect
    • vehicles inspected in an approved facility
    • vehicles not owned or leased by yourself or the Designated Inspection Facility at which you are employed (except motor dealers)
  • Ensure that inspections are methodical, in accordance with good trade practices and conducted in accordance with the standards prescribed in the Vehicle Inspection Manual.
  • Record defects on the report when a vehicle is rejected.
  • Do not affix an approval decal unless satisfied the vehicle complies with the applicable Acts and Regulations.
  • Affix decal in the proper location on the vehicle.
  • Add comments on the Inspection Report regarding the probability of the vehicle not continuing to comply with all the applicable standards for the term of the inspection decal.
  • After every inspection:
    • complete and sign an Inspection Report
    • Give one copy to the vehicle operator (which must be carried in the vehicle)
    • Submit a copy of the inspection electronically to the Director
    • Verify the inspection in the system
    • Retain a signed copy of the inspection in the facility file

Renew Your Authorized Inspector Certificate

The Authorized Inspector authorization expires every two years. It is recommended that the renewal form is submitted to CVSE 30 days prior to expiry.

We do not send notification that your licence will expire, however, when you are using the VIP system you will be informed it is time to renew starting 45 days before your licence expires. If you do not use the VIP system regularly it is important to keep track of your licence expiry date.

  • Log in to the VIP Online system with your  personal BCeID and password
  • Click “Renew Certificate” to start your renewal.
  • Read the instructions and follow the prompts.
  • Review all information associated with your Certificate to ensure it is up to date.
  • Enter updates using the ‘Edit’ button. Proceed to the next screen using the ‘Continue’ button.
  • For any required documents, you will have the option near the end of the application to attach them as electronic files or indicate you will send them to CVSE by mail or fax.
  • An application number will be assigned to all submitted renewal applications. Please use this number during any communications with CVSE regarding your renewal.

Update Your Information

Notify CVSE of any changes to legal name, mailing address, email address or telephone number within ten days.

Provide us with your current information and the required changes:

  • Authorized Inspector number
  • Drivers Licence Number
  • First & Last name
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • Email address

Report Lost or Stolen Certificates

Report any lost or damaged authorization document to Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) within one business day.

Cancel an Authorized Inspector Certificate

Authorization may be cancelled by the director of CVSE for violations, either entirely or for inspection of a class of vehicle. After notification of cancellation, the person to whom it was granted must return all authorization documentation to the director.