Government of New Brunswick

Overview

Motor vehicle registrations are required under the Motor Vehicle Act and serve as a unique identifier for a motor vehicle.

Eligibility

To obtain a motor vehicle registration, applicants must submit a description of the vehicle including:
- the make and the model of vehicle,
- type of body of the vehicle,
- the serial or identification number of the vehicle,
- whether such vehicle is new or used, and
- if a new vehicle the date of sale by the manufacturer or dealer to the person intending to operate such vehicle.

No original, renewal or replacement of a registration certificate, registration plate or permit for a motor vehicle will be issued unless the owner or operator of the motor vehicle provides with the application evidence of a policy of insurance.

Description

The Registrar of Motor Vehicles upon registering a vehicle will issue a registration certificate.

A registration certificate must contain:
- the date issued,
- the name and address of the owner,
- the registration number assigned to the vehicle,
- description of the vehicle as may be determined by the Registrar, and
- upon the reverse side a form for endorsement of notice to the Registrar upon transfer of the vehicle.

When two registration plates are issued for a motor vehicle, they must be displayed with one in the front and the other in the rear of the vehicle. When one registration plate is issued (examples:. Motorcycle, trailers, antique, seasonal, the registration plate must be attached on the rear of the vehicle with the only exception being when one plate is issued for a truck tractor, it must be attached to the front of the vehicle.

Transfer of Ownership

Transfer of ownership is by process of law. The signature of the registered owner is required on the certificate of registration. The purchaser's name, address and date of birth are required on the transfer document. The purchaser must surrender the registration certificate and have the vehicle transferred into their name at any issuing office. If the purchaser can not be present, they must provide written authorization to have someone act on their behalf. The collection of sales tax and motor vehicle fees are required at time of transfer. The vehicle cannot be driven or permitted to be driven until the registration certificate is recorded in the new purchaser's name.

Renewal of Vehicle Registrations

Registrations for passenger type vehicles and light commercial vehicles are staggered and expire on various days during the month. Plates for large commercial vehicles expire on the last day of any month. Commercial prorate plates are staggered and expire on the last day of a month. Off-Road vehicle plates expire December 31st. Seasonal plates are only valid from April 1st to October 31st. All other registrations expire March 31st.

Transit Markers

This is a temporary permit to move an unregistered vehicle from one place to another and is valid for twenty-four hours. This permit is also issued to move a vehicle, on which the inspection sticker has expired, to an inspection station. The applicant must show proof of insurance anytime the motor vehicle is being operated.

Non-Residents

A passenger vehicle owned by a visitor may be operated for personal, non-business purposes for a period of six months in New Brunswick without being registered in the Province. This six month period is determined from the date on which the passenger motor vehicle was first operated in New Brunswick in any registration year. A person who becomes a resident of New Brunswick must register his/her vehicle with Service New Brunswick immediately.

Electric Motor Driven Cycle

The Registrar will permit an electric motor driven cycle to be registered if it meets Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS) as a Limited Speed Motorcycle, or Scooter. If the vehicle was manufactured after 1988 it will bear a compliance label stating that it meets these standards. The operator will be subject to all the requirements placed on operators of motor driven cycles.
It is important to note that if a vehicle has an electric motor greater than 500 watts and is capable of powering the vehicle when travelling at a speed greater than 32 km/h and it does not have a CMVSS compliance label it cannot be registered unless the owner can prove, by having the vehicle certified by an engineer, that it is safe for operation on NB highways. Also, not all vehicles are suitable for operation on NB highways and it could be that the vehicle in question may not be a motor driven cycle or a bicycle and cannot be operated on a highway. If the vehicle is able to powered by human force and has a motor equal to or less than 500W, and the motor is not capable of assisting when the vehicle is traveling at a speed greater than 32km/h then it can be considered a bicycle and all the requirements placed on bicyclists are applicable.

Changes To Fees

This document provides the rationale supporting changes to fees, associated revenue information, and the legal authority:
2015-04-01_PublicSafety_E.pdf,
2015 DPS Registration_motor vehicles_E.pdf

Fees

Unless otherwise specified, Fees exclude the harmonized sales tax (HST).

Fee DescriptionRate in $Effective Date
YYYY-MM-DD
All registration fees, unless otherwise mentioned, are annual.
Private passenger vehicle, family motor coach or a motor vehicle converted to a family motor coach or taxi cab, with an unladen curb mass of (in kg)
  0 - 1,00061.002015-09-01
  1,001 - 1,20077.002015-09-01
  1, 201 - 1,40091.002015-09-01
  1,401 - 1,600108.002015-09-01
  1,601 - 1,800123.002015-09-01
  1,801 - 2,000142.002015-09-01
  2,001 - 2,200162.002015-09-01
  2,201 and up189.002015-09-01
Trailer and semi-trailer, with a gross vehicle mass of: (Note: This annual fee runs from April 1 to March 31 but mid-year registration has a different fee schedule) (in kg)2015-09-01
  0 - 1,00029.002015-09-01
  1,001 - 1,50045.002015-09-01
  1,501 - 2,00061.002015-09-01
  2,001 - 2,50077.002015-09-01
  2,501 - 3,00094.002015-09-01
  3,001 - 3,500109.002015-09-01
  3,501 - 4,000 127.002015-09-01
  4,001 - 4,500157.002015-09-01
  4,501 - 5,000 174.002015-09-01
  5,001 - 6,000 217.002015-09-01
  6,001 - 7,000 265.002015-09-01
  7,001 - 8,000 338.002015-09-01
  8,001 - 9,000 416.002015-09-01
  9,001 -10,000 482.002015-09-01
  10,001 - 11,000 577.002015-09-01
  11,001 - 12,000 653.002015-09-01
  12,001 - 13,000 723.002015-09-01
  13,001 - 14,000 774.002015-09-01
  14,001 - 15,000 821.002015-09-01
  15,001 - 16,000 871.002015-09-01
  16,001 - 17,000 919.002015-09-01
  17,001 - 18,000 994.002015-09-01
  18,001 - 19,000 1,044.002015-09-01
  19,001 - 20,000 1,092.002015-09-01
  20,001 - 21,000 1,143.002015-09-01
  21,001 - 22,000 1,281.002015-09-01
  22,001 - 23,000 1,266.002015-09-01
  23,001 - 24,000 1,316.002015-09-01
  24,001 - 25,000 1,369.002015-09-01
Travel trailer37.002015-09-01
Hardtop or tent trailer30.002015-09-01
Semi-trailer (attached to a truck tractor in a semi-permanent way or for a trailer that is used in combination with a semi-trailer and truck tractor)2015-09-01
  1 year29.002015-09-01
  2 years58.002015-09-01
  3 years87.002015-09-01
Specially built heavy trailer or semi-trailer used exclusively for transporting machinery employed in the lumbering, mining or fishing industries or in agriculture 2015-09-01
  1 year29.002015-09-01
  2 years58.002015-09-01
  3 years87.002015-09-01
Crawler or caterpillar type of tractor or a farm tractor used for commercial purposes other than farming 55.002015-09-01
Light farm truck vehicle with an unladen curb mass of: ( Note: This annual fee runs from April 1 to March 31 but mid-year registration has a different fee schedule.) (in kg)2015-09-01
  0 - 1,000 27.002015-09-01
  1,001 - 1,200 34.002015-09-01
  1,201 - 1,400 41.002015-09-01
  1,401 - 1,600 48.002015-09-01
  1,601 - 1,800 55.002015-09-01
  1,801 - 2,000 63.002015-09-01
  2,001 - 2,249 72.002015-09-01
  2,250 - 2,40075.002015-09-01
  2,401 - 2,60078.002015-09-01
  2,601 - 2,80081.002015-09-01
  2,801 - 3,00085.002015-09-01
Heavy farm truck, with a gross vehicle mass of: ( Note: This annual fee runs from April 1 to March 31 but mid-year registration has a different fee schedule.) (in kg) 2015-09-01
  4,500 - 5,000 82.002015-09-01
  5,001 - 6,000 104.002015-09-01
  6,001 - 7,000 127.002015-09-01
  7,001 - 8,000 164.002015-09-01
  8,001 - 9,000 203.002015-09-01
  9,001 - 10,000 235.002015-09-01
  10,001 - 11,000 284.002015-09-01
  11,001 - 12,000 321.002015-09-01
  12,001 - 13,000 356.002015-09-01
  13,001 - 14,000382.002015-09-01
  14,001 - 15,000 406.002015-09-01
  15,001 - 16,000 430.002015-09-01
  16,001 - 17,000 455.002015-09-01
  17,001 - 18,000 492.002015-09-01
  18,001 - 19,000 517.002015-09-01
  19,001 - 20,000 541.002015-09-01
  20,001 - 21,000 566.002015-09-01
  21,001 - 22,000 603.002015-09-01
  22,001 - 23,000 628.002015-09-01
  23,001 - 24,000 653.002015-09-01
  24,001 - 25,000 679.002015-09-01
  25,001 - 26,000 703.002015-09-01
  26,001 - 27,000 739.002015-09-01
  27,001 - 28,000 765.002015-09-01
  28,001 - 29,000 790.002015-09-01
  29,001 - 30,000 814.002015-09-01
  30,001 - 31,000 839.002015-09-01
  31,001 - 32,000 876.002015-09-01
  32,001 - 33,000 901.002015-09-01
  33,001 - 34,000 926.002015-09-01
  34,001 - 35,000 950.002015-09-01
  35,001 - 36,000 975.002015-09-01
  36,001 - 37,000 1,010.002015-09-01
  37,001 - 38,000 1,036.002015-09-01
  38,001 - 39,000 1,059.002015-09-01
  39,001 - 40,000 1,086.002015-09-01
  40,001 - 41,000 1,111.002015-09-01
  41,001 - 42,000 1,146.002015-09-01
  42,001 - 43,000 1,172.002015-09-01
  43,001 - 44,000 1,197.002015-09-01
  44,001 - 45,000 1,222.002015-09-01
  45,001 - 46,000 1,245.002015-09-01
  46,001 - 47,000 1,282.002015-09-01
  47,001 - 48,000 1,306.002015-09-01
  48,001 - 49,000 1,330.002015-09-01
  49,001 - 50,000 1,356.002015-09-01
  50,001 - 51,000 1,379.002015-09-01
  51,001 - 52,000 1,419.002015-09-01
  52,001 - 53,000 1,443.002015-09-01
  53,001 - 54,000 1,468.002015-09-01
  54,001 - 55,000 1,493.002015-09-01
  55,001 - 56,000 1,516.002015-09-01
  56,001 - 57,000 1,541.002015-09-01
  57,001 - 58,000 1,565.002015-09-01
  58,001 - 59,000 1,589.002015-09-01
  59,001 - 60,000 1,614.002015-09-01
  60,001 - 61,000 1,637.002015-09-01
  61,001 - 62,000 1,662.002015-09-01
  62,001 - 62,500 1,675.002015-09-01
Government Owned Vehicle2015-09-01
  Municipal vehicle19.002015-09-01
  Government of Canada, or departments thereof vehicle (charged in accordance to appropriate fee schedule for type of vehicle) 0.001992-01-01
  Provincial government, or departments thereof vehicle0.001992-01-01
Diplomatic vehicle 0.001992-01-01
Antique auto19.002015-09-01
Motorcycle43.002015-09-01
Motor-driven Cycle30.002015-09-01
War Amputee Vehicle2.001992-01-01
Snowmobile75.002015-09-01
Bus Registration2015-09-01
  Bus operated under municipal franchise 19.002015-09-01
  Church bus (passenger bus registered in the name of a religious organization) 19.002015-09-01
  Privately owned school bus 75.002015-09-01
  Community service bus 75.002015-09-01
  School bus 75.002015-09-01
Plate2015-09-01
  Plate50.002012-10-01
  Personalized plate 175.002012-10-01
  Conservation licence plate57.002012-10-01
  Special plate issued to a dealer or manufacturer70.002005-01-01
  Off Road Vehicle Registration Plate25.002009-04-01
  Seasonal Registration Plate (non-personalized)50.002012-10-01
  Seasonal Registration Plate (personalized)175.002012-10-01
  Initial application and subsequent renewals fee for a Seasonal Registration Plate (non-personalized and personalized) Note- this is in addition to applicable registration renewal fees54.002015-09-01
Transit Marker20.002009-04-01
Circus vehicle (for any 30 day period or part thereof) 34.002015-09-01
Asphalt or tar spreader 75.002015-09-01
Service crane, pulp loader 75.002015-09-01
Motor hearse 75.002015-09-01
Mobile power equipment for well drilling machinery, wood cutting, threshing or for like purposes 75.002015-09-01
Truck tractor used to haul trailers trans-machinery employed in lumbering, fishing, mining and agriculture 253.002015-09-01
Motor vehicle, rock wagon, Le Tourneau scrapers, etc., designed exclusively for use in the road construction industry to transport materials within the confines of the contract 129.002015-09-01
Light commercial vehicle, with an unladen curb mass of: (in kg)2015-09-01
  0 - 1,000 61.002015-09-01
  1,001 - 1,200 77.002015-09-01
  1,201 - 1,40091.002015-09-01
  1,401 - 1,600 108.002015-09-01
  1,601 - 1,800123.002015-09-01
  1,801 - 2,000 142.002015-09-01
  2,001 - 2,249 162.002015-09-01
  2,250 - 2,400169.002015-09-01
  2,401 - 2,600177.002015-09-01
  2,601 - 2,800184.002015-09-01
  2,801 - 3,000190.002015-09-01
Heavy commercial vehicle, public motor bus, & farm produce plate, with a gross vehicle mass of: (in kg) 2015-09-01
  4,500 - 5,000 172.002015-09-01
  5,001 - 6,000 217.002015-09-01
  6,001 - 7,000 268.002015-09-01
  7,001 - 8,000343.002015-09-01
  8,001 - 9,000 426.002015-09-01
  9,001 - 10,000 494.002015-09-01
  10,001 - 11,000 594.002015-09-01
  11,001 - 12,000 674.002015-09-01
  12,001 - 13,000 748.002015-09-01
  13,001 - 14,000 801.002015-09-01
  14,001 - 15,000851.002015-09-01
  15,001 - 16,000 903.002015-09-01
  16,001 - 17,000 953.002015-09-01
  17,001 - 18,000 1,033.002015-09-01
  18,001 - 19,000 1,085.002015-09-01
  19,001 - 20,0001,136.002015-09-01
  20,001 - 21,000 1,189.002015-09-01
  21,001 - 22,000 1,267.002015-09-01
  22,001 - 23,000 1,318.002015-09-01
  23,001 - 24,000 1,371.002015-09-01
  24,001 - 25,000 1,425.002015-09-01
  25,001 - 26,000 1,477.002015-09-01
  26,001 - 27,000 1,553.002015-09-01
  27,001 - 28,000 1,607.002015-09-01
  28,001 - 29,0001,659.002015-09-01
  29,001 - 30,000 1,709.002015-09-01
  30,001 - 31,000 1,761.002015-09-01
  31,001 - 32,000 1,840.002015-09-01
  32,001 - 33,000 1,891.002015-09-01
  33,001 - 34,000 1,942.002015-09-01
  34,001 - 35,000 1,996.002015-09-01
  35,001 - 36,000 2,046.002015-09-01
  36,001 - 37,000 2,121.002015-09-01
  37,001 - 38,000 2,174.002015-09-01
  38,001 - 39,000 2,223.002015-09-01
  39,001 - 40,000 2,279.002015-09-01
  40,001 - 41,000 2,332.002015-09-01
  41,001 - 42,000 2,405.002015-09-01
  42,001 - 43,000 2,461.002015-09-01
  43,001 - 44,000 2,513.002015-09-01
  44,001 - 45,000 2,565.002015-09-01
  45,001 - 46,000 2,615.002015-09-01
  46,001 - 47,000 2,691.002015-09-01
  47,001 - 48,000 2,743.002015-09-01
  48,001 - 49,000 2,793.002015-09-01
  49,001 - 50,000 2,847.002015-09-01
  50,001 - 51,000 2,896.002015-09-01
  51,001 - 52,000 2,980.002015-09-01
  52,001 - 53,000 3,030.002015-09-01
  53,001 - 54,000 3,083.002015-09-01
  54,001 - 55,000 3,135.002015-09-01
  55,001 - 56,000 3,184.002015-09-01
  56,001 - 57,000 3,236.002015-09-01
  57,001 - 58,000 3,286.002015-09-01
  58,001 - 59,000 3,337.002015-09-01
  59,001 - 60,000 3,389.002015-09-01
  60,001 - 61,000 3,438.002015-09-01
  61,001 - 62,000 3,489.002015-09-01
  62,001 - 62,500 3,515.002015-09-01
30-day permit for a two axle truck 2015-09-01
  Gross mass of 9,000 kg, but not exceeding 13,500 kg55.002005-01-01
  Gross mass of 7,500 kg, but not exceeding 11,000 kg 40.002005-01-01
Replacements2005-01-01
  Registration certificate or sticker20.002009-04-01
  Personalized plate58.002012-10-01
  Specialized plate issued to a dealer or manufacturer70.002005-01-01
  Seasonal Registration Plate (non-personalized)50.002012-10-01
  Seasonal Registration Plate (personalized)58.002012-10-01
  Registration certificate and registration plate issued to a person 50.002012-10-01
  Registration certificate and registration plate personalized - issued to a person other than a dealer or manufacturer58.002012-10-01
  Registration certificate and plate issued to a dealer or manufacturer 70.002005-01-01
  Registration certificate, a registration plate and a sticker issued to a person other than a dealer or manufacturer (not personalized) 50.002012-10-01
  Registration certificate, a registration plate and a sticker personalized -issued to a person other than a dealer or manufacturer 58.002012-10-01
  Due to a loss of a conservation licence plate 50.002012-10-01
  Exchange of a conservation licence plate50.002012-10-01
Transfers2012-10-01
  To a licensed dealer registered in New Brunswick0.001992-01-01
  To a person other than a licensed dealer 20.002009-04-01
  Registered in another jurisdiction to a licensed dealer 20.002009-04-01