Commercial Plates

Gold Key Registry offers commercial plate licensing and fleet registration in Strathmore for entrepreneurs, contractors, and companies. The commercial class enrollment for your vehicle will depend on your business and what you’re transporting.

Commercial Vehicle Registration Services in Strathmore

At Gold Key Registry, we offer the following commercial vehicle registration services in Strathmore:

  • Commercial vehicle registration
  • Fleet registration

This will get you commercial plates in Strathmore for your vehicle(s).

What is considered a commercial vehicle?

A commercial vehicle transports people or goods or is used for work purposes. Below, we’ve listed the classes of commercial vehicles.

Classes of Commercial Vehicles

Class 1 commercial plates are for transporting owned goods or non-owned goods for compensation and passenger transportation.

Sub-Class Purpose
1-51
School bus
Permits licencing of school buses carrying students and/or teachers to and from school and/or school events.
1-52
Public service bus
Permits licencing of buses carrying 11 passengers or more including driver on a public service basis within Alberta.
1-52p
Public service bus Prorated
Permits licencing of buses carrying 11 passengers or more including the driver on a prorated public service basis in Alberta and at least one other jurisdiction.
1-55
Taxi
Permits licencing of vehicles carrying 15 or less passengers (including the driver) for monetary purposes.
1-56
Truck rental
Permits licencing of trucks, vans, buses and other vehicles (excluding passenger vehicles) for rental purposes.
1-56c
Car rental
Permits licencing of vehicles (excluding trucks) designed to carry less than 15 passengers, including the driver for rental purposes.
1-56p
Rental vehicle Prorated
Permits licencing of trucks, vans, buses and other vehicles (excluding passenger vehicles), traveling in Alberta and at least one other jurisdiction for rental purposes.
1-60
Exempted goods for hire within Alberta
Permits licencing of pilot/trail vehicles and other vehicles that are operated province wide and transport exempted goods of someone other than the registered owner.
1-60p
Exempted goods for hire Prorated
Permits licencing of pilot/trail vehicles and other vehicles that are operated within Alberta and at least one other jurisdiction and transport exempted goods of someone other than the registered owner.
1-61
General merchandise for hire within Alberta
Permits licencing of vehicles that are operated province wide and transport the general merchandise of someone other than the registered owner.
1-61p
General merchandise for hire Prorated
Permits licencing of vehicles that are operated within Alberta and at least one other jurisdiction and transport the general merchandise of someone other than the registered owner.
1-tlr
Commercial trailers – transporting someone else’s goods
Permits licencing of trailers that operate province wide and transport exempted goods of someone other than the registered owner.
1-tow
Driveaway/towaway – not towed by registered owner
A 1-tow plate is placed on a vehicle that is being towed for the purpose of saving on drivers and/or fuel. The registered owner of the towing vehicle cannot own the vehicle being towed.

Class 2 commercial plates are for vehicles transporting goods within 10 kilometers of the registered address or conducting specific industry services.

Sub-Class Purpose
2-58
Farm vehicles
Permits licencing of vehicles for clients who have been approved by Alberta Agriculture for their Alberta Farm Fuel Benefit Program.
2-59
Transporting own goods/private buses
Permits licencing of vehicles that operate within a restricted area and transport the registered owner’s own goods.
2-60
Exempted goods for hire
Permits licencing of vehicles that operate within a restricted area and transport the exempted goods of someone other than the registered owner.
2-61
General merchandise for hire
Permits licencing of vehicles that operate within a restricted area and transport the general merchandise of someone other than the registered owner.

Class 3 commercial plates are for commercial vehicles registered to and operated by municipalities, governments, hospitals, and school boards. Class 3 plates cannot be used to transport goods for compensation.

How to Register Your Commercial Vehicle in Strathmore

To register your commercial vehicle in Strathmore, come visit our office at 233 – 3rd Ave, Strathmore, AB. We will ask you the necessary questions and ensure you have the right paperwork for registering your commercial vehicle.

What do you need to register a commercial vehicle?

Depending on your commercial vehicle and business, you may need the following to register a commercial vehicle:

  • Gross Vehicle Weight
  • VIN
  • Safety Fitness Certificate
  • Operating Authority Certificate
  • Commercial Vehicle Inspection Certificate

Details on your operations, such as if you will be driving out of Alberta and what type of goods you will be transporting

If you have any questions about commercial vehicle registration and what you need to bring with you, please contact us.

Cost of Commercial Vehicle Registration in Strathmore

As of March 2020, the cost of commercial vehicle registration in Strathmore is usually between $82 to $3461 a year if you’re staying in Alberta. If you’re leaving the province in a vehicle weighing over 4500 kilograms, the vehicle must be prorated. Prorating means the registration fees and taxes will be calculated for multiple jurisdictions and split among them.

What affects commercial vehicle registration rates in Strathmore?

The following factors affect commercial vehicle registration rates in Strathmore:

  • How the vehicle is used
  • What the vehicle is transporting
  • If you’re hauling your own or other people’s goods
  • If you transport passengers and if so, how many
  • If you’re leaving the province
  • Weight of the vehicle

You can get discounts on your commercial plates if you’re hauling exempt goods or are operating a welding truck with permanently mounted equipment. Contact Gold Key Registry for details.

What is prorating for commercial vehicles?

Prorating is the process of calculating registration fees and taxes for multiple jurisdictions. Gold Key Registries offers prorated registrations to commercial carriers who are based anywhere in Alberta. This way, you don’t need to obtain and pay for commercial plates and registration in each jurisdiction.

To be considered for prorate registration, your commercial vehicles must travel outside of the Alberta to other provinces or to the US.

Prorate commercial vehicle registration fees are calculated by the percentage of the total distance travelled within each other jurisdiction. Alberta Transportation, Prorate Services centrally processes all applications for prorated registrations. When processing is completed Prorate Services provides the commercial carrier with a Fee Notice, which serves as a breakdown of the respective fees.

Gold Key Registry can collect the amounts specified on the Fee Notices and can issue the necessary plates, validation tabs, prorate registration and cab card. The cab card indicates the provinces and/or states in which travel has been approved and fees have been paid.

Permanent Fleet Program in Strathmore

Gold Key Registry offers a permanent fleet program within the province. To qualify, you must always have 10 or more commercial vehicles registered within the fleet.

If you qualify, you:

  • Have the option to register or renew your vehicles quarterly, semi-annually, or annually.
  • Have the option to choose your expiry date from March 31, June 30, September 30 or December 31, regardless of your last name or the name of the corporation. (Your registration must be over $500 per year).
  • You may group vehicles into separate fleets and have each fleet expire at different periods as long as there are at least 10 commercial vehicles in each fleet.

All permanent fleet program clients have a permanent fleet attribute added to their file. This is added by the Government of Alberta at the request of the registry. We must know how many commercial vehicles you have and want on the fleet.

You’re automatically set up on the registration system to renew on an annual basis with the registration expiry date of December 31, regardless of the last name or the name of the corporation. You can adjust to renew quarterly, semi-annually, or annually and choose from one of the aforementioned dates. Once an expiry date has been established, all vehicles in that fleet will expire on that date.

Keep In mind that no registration can be released if it is less than one full quarter (3-month term). A portion of a month (15 calendar days or more) will be considered a full month.

How to Renew Your Permanent Fleet in Strathmore

Renewing your permanent fleet in Strathmore is straightforward. Two copies of the fleet commercial vehicle registration renewal will be mailed to you. One copy is for you to retain and the other is the one you will use for your renewal.

You must:

  1. Confirm all commercial vehicle information is correct.
  2. Indicate all vehicle additions, deletions and/or modifications.
  3. Ensure the address is correct.

You can then submit this to Gold Key Registry in Strathmore.

Permanent Commercial Fleet Inventory

Commercial vehicles under the permanent fleet program are issued a permanent fleet tab. This replaces the year tab on your commercial plate. The tab is black with “FLEET PR” on it. This tab does not need to be replaced every year. Month tabs are not issued for permanent fleet vehicles.

Commercial plates issued prior to joining this program do not have to be surrendered. Put the permanent fleet tab over the existing year tab and remove the month sticker.

You will be issued a registration certificate that will show the expiry date as “Continuous.” This certificate will not be issued annually. Instead, registration certificates will only be issued when:

  • It is the commercial vehicle’s first time being registered under the permanent fleet program.
  • If you change the vehicle weight.
  • If you change the vehicle colour.
  • If you change the use of the vehicle.

Contact Gold Key Registry if you have any questions about our Permanent Commercial Fleet Program.

Frequently Asked Questions About Commercial Vehicle Registration in Strathmore

Here are the answers to our most frequently asked questions about commercial vehicle registration in Strathmore.

Do I need to get commercial license plates in Strathmore?

All vehicles on Alberta’s roads that are being used for commercial purposes require a commercial license plate.

Areas We Serve

  • Rockyford
  • Standard
  • Beiseker
  • Indus
  • Drumheller
  • Bassano
  • Vulcan
  • Brooks
  • Airdrie
  • Irricana
  • Arrowwood
  • Acme
  • Linden
  • Three Hills
  • Trochu

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