Selling or buying a used car in British Columbia

In BC, the car insurance and registrations are handled by The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), a provincial Crown corporation exclusively through its 900 Autoplan brokers.  At this time, we do not assist with the private car sales transactions in BC; however, we are exploring the possibilities.

Steps For The Seller:

  • Pick up a Transfer/Tax Form (APV9T) from any Autoplan broker. Due to COVID-19, it is temporarily available for download (see resources).  
  • Remove licence plates, insurance and registration. The insurance and registration are two parts of the same document (APV250).
  • Tear off the bottom, vehicle registration portion.
  • Give the registration to the buyer, with seller signature on it. (It must be the original, not a photocopy.)  
  • After the payment, fill out and sign the Transfer/Tax Form in full. Each of the four pages must have original signatures.
  • Cancel insurance or transfer it to a new vehicle. 

To cancel insurance, you will visit your Autoplan broker and bring the following:

  • a piece of primary and secondary ID,
  • your licence plates, and
  • your owner’s certificate (insurance and registration).

If you are interested in a VIN car history search, you can access it here.

Steps For The Buyer:

  • Get the original vehicle registration, with the owner’s signature on it, from the seller.
  • Fill out and sign in full the purchaser’s portion of the Transfer/Tax Form (APV9T).  Each of the four pages must have original signatures — electronic signatures are not accepted.
  • To complete the transfer, take the registration and Transfer/Tax Form to an Autoplan broker. If the seller cannot visit the Autoplan broker with the buyer, the seller should keep a copy (with original signatures from both buyer and the seller).
  • Get the vehicle registered, licensed and insured at the broker’s at the same time. 

FEES and TAXES: Car registration costs $18.  For a private seller, a total provincial tax rate is 12% on the ICBC’s valuation. The same value windows apply for the luxury tax rates of 15 and 20 per cent on higher-value vehicles.  The tax is payable at the time of registration with the ICBC Autoplan provincial insurance broker.

BC Resources

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia

Find an Autoplan broker

Canadian Police Centre website screen

Canadian Police Information Centre

Transfer/Tax Form

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