Single Trip Commercial Vehicle Registration


Definition of a Commercial Motor Vehicle

A commercial motor vehicle is defined in the Highway Traffic Act.

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Registration for a Single Trip Commercial Vehicle Registration

Any commercial motor vehicle that is operating on our roads must be registered, as per the Highway Traffic Act section 13:

13. (1) A commercial motor vehicle owned and operated by or on behalf of a non-resident shall not be operated in the province unless it is registered under this Act.

(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to a commercial motor vehicle registered or licensed in a jurisdiction outside the province that allows the commercial motor vehicles under this Act to be operated on the highways of that jurisdiction without requiring the registration or licensing of those vehicles in that jurisdiction.


Therefore any commercial motor vehicle must meet one of the following criteria to operate in Newfoundland and Labrador:

  1. Be registered under the International Registration Plan (IRP).
  2. It is a cooperative agreement for registering vehicles that travel into two or more jurisdictions. The IRP provides for payment of licensing fees based on fleet distance operated. The unique feature of the IRP is that although license fees are paid to the base jurisdiction and distributed to various jurisdictions in which fleet vehicles are operated, only 1 license plate (or set of plates) and 1 cab card is issued for each fleet vehicle.
  3. In the case of a power unit or power unit trailer combination having a registered weight of less than 11,794 kg, be registered and licenced in another province of Canada.
  4. Be registered under the single trip commercial vehicle registration. The vehicle would only qualify for a maximum of 3 trips a year as outlined in the fees policy (142 KB) section 7. There is a $75.00 licensing fee per trip per vehicle.

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Please check the Single Trip Commercial Registration box on the application form if you are not registered and licensed in Newfoundland and Labrador and you are not pro-rated within your own jurisdiction. There are payment instructions on the reverse side of the application.

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