Some passenger vehicles brought into Saskatchewan from out of province and some total loss vehicles are structurally and mechanically unfit.
Before these vehicles can be registered in Saskatchewan, they need to pass 1 or both of the following inspections, depending on the condition of the vehicle:
- Mechanical safety inspection - to determine if the vehicle is mechanically safe to drive.
- Body integrity inspection - to determine if the vehicle is structurally safe to drive.
|Condition of vehicle||Type of inspection required|
|Mechanical safety inspection||Body integrity inspection|
|A used vehicle (including motorcycles) most recently titled, licensed or registered in another jurisdiction. Some exemptions apply, see vehicle exceptions below.||X|
|A Saskatchewan total loss vehicle (including motorcycles) that has sustained mechanical damage, but doesn't have any evidence of body damage or corrosion that has weakened the vehicle's structural integrity.||X|
|A Saskatchewan total loss vehicle (including motorcycles) that has sustained cosmetic damage only, such as hail damage, and has any evidence of body damage or corrosion that has weakened the vehicle's structural integrity.||X|
|A Saskatchewan total loss vehicle (excluding motorcycles) that has sustained both mechanical and body damage or corrosion that may have harmed or weakened the vehicle's structural integrity.||X||X|
|A total loss vehicle (excluding motorcycles) from another jurisdiction.||X||X|
Motorcycle inspection criteria
Before the motorcycle inspection can be started, the customer must present a VIN search document to the inspection station. The type of VIN search required is dependent on the type of motorcycle inspection being performed:
- First Time Registered (FTR) inspection: The customer must present a Cross-Canada VIN search or third-party search through a site such as CarFax.
- Total–Loss Vehicle (TLV) inspection: A Cross-Canada VIN search is required if the TLV occurred in another jurisdiction; or, if the TLV occurred in Saskatchewan, a free Saskatchewan VIN search is adequate.
For details, review the Motorcycle Inspection Manual (pdf, 249 kb).
The inspection requirements above do not apply to the following vehicles:
- All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
- trailers not equipped with air brakes
- private vehicles that qualify under the New West Partnersip First Time Registered Inspection exemption
New West Partnership First Time Registered Inspection exemption
Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan launched the New West Partnership (NWP) in 2010 in an effort to remove barriers to free trade between the jurisdictions and provide benefits to workers, businesses and investors in all 3 provinces.
Under this agreement, some privately owned vehicles will be exempt from a first-time registered vehicle inspection where:
- the owner of the vehicle is moving to Saskatchewan from another NWP jurisdiction (BC or Alberta);
- the vehicle was last registered in a NWP jurisdiction to the customer making application for the inspection exemption;
- the vehicle is a passenger car, multi-purpose passenger vehicle, motorcycle, light truck or van with a gross vehicle weight rating less than or equal to 4,536 kg;
- the vehicle has a normal status reported through the Inter-provincial Records Exchange (IRE) system; and
- the vehicle is either:
- less than 4 years old from the date of manufacture; or
- has been inspected as part of a NWP government inspection program within the last 90 days.
For more information about the NWP First Time Registered Inspection exemption, contact the SGI Customer Service Centre at 1-800-667-9868 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
775-6188 in Regina
1-800-667-8015, ext. 6188