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In Transit Permit (Vehicle Not Registered) [1 Day]

Who Needs This Permit?

Anyone who wants to move a vehicle which does not have valid registration or a valid safety inspection from point A to point B on a public road in Nova Scotia.


The vehicle must be in safe operating condition, but it does not need to have a safety inspection sticker.

This permit is valid for 1 move only, and must be used within a specific 24 hour period.

Effective January 1, 2004, any time an in-transit permit is issued insurance information is required. A Statement of Insurance form must be completed. For more information, click here.

  See also Temporary (Vehicle) Permit [30 days].
Issuing Department / Agency:
  Registry of Motor Vehicles
Service Nova Scotia
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
Application Forms & Process:

1)  You can fill out an application form when you come to the office to apply.

2)  If you are applying for yourself, you will have to provide:

(a)  the vehicle description [make, model, year and serial number], so that staff can verify that you own the vehicle;
(b)  date of the move and the destination; and

(c)  completed Statement of Insurance form

3)  Although it is not often done, you can send in your application by mail.  The requirements are the same.

4)  If you live in Nova Scotia, but the vehicle is not already registered here, you will have to get a Nova Scotia Certificate of Registration before you can get this permit.

5)  If you are applying on behalf of someone else, you must bring with you a letter signed by the owner of the vehicle, which includes the applicant's name, address and master number, the vehicle description [make, model, year and serial number], and which gives you permission to apply for a permit on their behalf. (Note: the permit will not be issued unless the vehicle is registered in Nova Scotia in the owner’s name.) You must also bring a completed Statement of Insurance form and know the date of the move and the destination.

6)  If you do not live in Nova Scotia, and you want to move the vehicle so that you can register it in another jurisdiction, you will need:

(a)  the vehicle description [make, model, year and serial number];
(b)  date of the move and the destination; and
(c)  some proof of purchase (some proof that the vehicle has been signed over to you).

Waiting Period:

In person: none

By Mail: 3-5 business days
Provided that all the items that must accompany the application have been received
(Please allow several extra days for mail delivery.)

  This permit is valid for 24 hours only.  It is NOT renewable.
Price: (No tax is charged)

$ 13.20

Payment at counter:  cash, Interac debit card, Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit card, cheque or money order made out to the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

Payment by mail:  please pay by cheque or money order made out to the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

Related Requirements:
  The vehicle must be registered in the same name as the person who wants to move it. (The only exception is when the applicant is a non-resident and wants to move a vehicle from Nova Scotia to be registered in another jurisdiction.)
Additional Information:
  1)  Vehicles (trucks, trailers) cannot carry a load using this permit. If they plan to haul a load, they must obtain a vehicle registration.
  2)  This permit can only be issued to vehicles originating in Nova Scotia.  It cannot be issued to move a vehicle from another jurisdiction to Nova Scotia.
  3)  When you see the term "Master Number" or "Client Master Number" on an application form, it refers to the number on your Driver's Licence under the heading "Master".  This 14-digit number is made up of (a) the first 5 letters of your last name [if your last name has fewer than 5 letters, the difference is made up with spaces]; (b) plus the day / month / year of your birth; (c) plus 3 computer-assigned numbers.
For example: FINCH--220867001 [5 letters (Finch) + 22 (for 22nd) + 08 (for August, 8th month of the year) + 67 (for 1967) + 001 (3 computer-assigned numbers) ]
For master numbers assigned to a group of individuals (joint ownership), the last 9 digits are computer-assigned.
Legislative Authority:
  Motor Vehicle Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 293, Section 30(2)

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