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Licence Plate For Motor Vehicle

Who Needs This Licence?
A Licence Plate must be attached to any vehicle traveling on a public road in Nova Scotia, and also to off-highway vehicles (ATVs, snowmobiles, etc.). On cars, vans, other light vehicles, the plate is attached on the back; on heavy commercial vehicles, it is attached to the front.

If your vehicle is issued 2 plates, both plates must be displayed.

In Nova Scotia, there is no special process for getting a licence plate. One is given to you when you get a Vehicle Permit.
For information on Vehicle Permits (how to get one, how to renew it, and so forth), please click here.
Nova Scotia Licence Plates are assigned to the applicant, not to the vehicle itself. So, when you get a different vehicle, you can take your licence plate off the old vehicle and put it on the new vehicle.  (However, within 30 days, you have to get a new Certificate of Registration and a new Vehicle Permit from the Registry of Motor Vehicles. For information on Identification Requirements, please visit the Registry of Motor Vehicles website.

If your licence plate is damaged, stolen or goes missing, you need to get a replacement licence plate. (See Vehicle Permit to details...)
Issuing Department / Agency:
Service Nova Scotia
Registry of Motor Vehicles
Where can you get this Licence and / or further information?
Phone: 902-424-5851 or if calling long distance, 
call 1-800-898-7668 (toll-free)

Registry of Motor Vehicles Offices are located in Most Access Nova Scotia locations

E-mail: Send us an e-mail through our online enquiry form.

Service Nova Scotia
PO Box 1652
Halifax, NS  B3J 2Z3

Fax 902-424-0720
Additional Information:
1) Types of vehicle plates available include the following:

Acadian Flag
Accessible Parking Zone
(Mobility Disabled Parking Zone)
Amateur radio operator (VE1 or VA1)
Antique [limited use; vehicles over 30 years old]
Buy Local
Camper [vans and motorhomes with camper conversions]
Commercial [commercial vehicles whose registered weight is over 5001 kgs]
Farm tractor [bonafide farmers]
Farm truck [bonafide farmers]
Fisherman truck [bonafide fishermen]
Interprovincial Prorate (IRP) [commercial vehicles travelling outside of Nova Scotia]
Miscellaneous equipment (GT) [backhoes, bulldozers, etc.]
Motor-driven cycle [mopeds]
Off-highway Vehicles [4-wheelers, ATVs, dune buggies, mini-bikes, etc.]
Semi-trailer (PT)
Trailer (T)
Volunteer Firefighter
Volunteer Ground Search and Rescue 

Replacement plates are issued at the request of the customer for various reasons (such as lost, stolen).
Legislative Authority:
Motor Vehicle Act and Regulations, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 293

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