RIV – Registrar of Imported Vehicles

September 15, 2017


What is the RIV?

RIV is the Registar of Imported Vehicles. The Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV) was created to establish and maintain a system of registration, inspection and certification to Canadian standards of vehicles manufactured for distribution in the U.S. market that are being imported into Canada.

How do I get my vehicle through the RIV?

BorderBuddy helps import thousands of vehicles and we have the experience you need with the RIV.

Is the RIV mandatory?

Yes, for most vehicles, the RIV an the Form 1 is mandatory to import your vehicle into Canada.

A few things to know before you buy: (From RIV):

Vehicle admissibility

Determine if the vehicle you would like to buy can be imported into Canada.

Vehicle branding history

A brand is a record of a prior accident serious enough to result in an insurance write-off (salvage) or even non-repairable status. A brand remains part of the vehicle’s permanent history and may affect your ability to license the vehicle in Canada. The (RIV) makes U.S. brands available to Canadian provinces and territories through a VIN search engine like the DVM in the state your vehicle is titled. You are strongly advised to verify the vehicle’s branding history through a VIN search engine before you buy any vehicle in the U.S. or attempt to import it into Canada.

Modification and inspection requirements

Some vehicles may need modifications to comply with Transport Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Find out what changes your car may need before you import it.

Recall clearance

Recall clearance is a need for all vehicles being imported into Canada. Find out what documentation is required and how to get the recall clearance letter for your vehicle.

RIV exemptions

Find out about specific exemption criteria and if they apply to your vehicle.

Cost considerations

Determine any possible duties, provincial and federal sales taxes, trip permits, temporary insurance, and provincial licensing requirements before you import your vehicle.

Importer Checklist

Use the Importer Checklist tool to build and print a checklist for reference throughout the importing process.

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