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Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations - Registry of Motor Vehicles

Commercial Carrier Registration Program - National Safety Code

Who Needs This Registration?
Any individual who owns and/ or operates a class 20, 28 vehicle with a registered weight in excess of 4500kg or any individual with a class 23 vehicle with a seating capacity of 10 or more (including the driver) - regardless of weight - as of March 31, 2005, is legally required to be registered with the Commercial Carrier Registration Program.
 
Issuing Department / Agency:
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
 
Where can you get this Registration and / or further information?
Phone: 902-424-5517 or 902-424-1550
Visit: Any Registry of Motor Vehicles office throughout the province.
Write: Service Delivery Division
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
P.O. Box 1652
Halifax, NS B3J 2Z3
Application Forms & Process:

Commercial Carriers may submit their initial applications by mail or in person to any Registry of Motor Vehicles office throughout the province. New Commercial Carrier clients should remit a completed Commercial Carrier Registration Program - National Safety Code application form along with the applicable fee (See Price below). You can download an application form and an information package from our website. Applications, client information packages and fact sheets are also available by calling the Commercial Carrier Registration Program - National Safety Code office at 424-1550 or 424-5517.

Renewing Commercial Carrier clients should remit a completed Commercial Carrier Registration renewal notice with your application along with the applicable fee (See Price below). If you have lost your Commercial Carrier Registration renewal notice, blank notices are available at any Registry of Motor Vehicles office or online at :http://www.servicens.ca/forms/rmv.asp

The applications submitted by mail will be processed by staff within the Mail Processing Section of the Service Delivery Division of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

Waiting Period:

10 business days
Provided that all the items that must accompany the application have been received
(Please allow several extra days for mail delivery.)
 

Expiry & Renewal:
This Registration is valid for 12 months from the initial transaction month. The Department will send out a renewal notice before it expires. Carriers can renew their registration annually either by mail or in person by submitting the renewal application form, along with the applicable fee (see Price & Payment below).
 
Price & Payment: (No tax is charged)

Initial Application and Annual Renewal: $64.10

Methods of Payment:

Payment In Person: (Only at Registry of Motor Vehicles Offices):
Cash, Cheque, Money Order, Visa, MasterCard or American Express or Debit Card

Payment by Mail:  Cheque, Money Order
 

Related Requirements:
None
 
Additional Information:

Fire, Ambulance and Ground Search and Rescue emergency response vehicles will be exempt from all Commercial Carrier Registration Program requirements.

Buses (class 23 - regardless of weight) used for personal use exclusively will also be exempt from all Commercial Carrier Registration Program requirements, provided the required supporting documentation can be produced. This exemption will also extend to all class 20 and 28 Commercial Carrier Registration Program eligible vehicles that are used exclusively for recreational purposes.

Exemption forms are available from all RMV offices or online at: http://www.servicens.ca/forms/rmv.asp Vehicles owned and operated by charitable, non-profit or religious organizations used, exclusively to transport passengers are eligible to be in the Commercial Carrier Registration Program, but are exempt from the fee requirement if they are able to produce the required supporting documentation. Farmers who have Commercial Carrier Registration Program eligible vehicles with FM plate registration are exempt from both the fee and application/ renewal requirements, if they are able to produce the required supporting documentation.

National Safety Code
The Province of Nova Scotia, in cooperation with the other Provinces, Territories, the Government of Canada and in consultation with the transportation industry, has adopted a National Safety Code (NSC). This code is made up of 16 minimum standards (see below) that will assist commercial carriers and drivers to remain in compliance with local, national and international rules for owning and operating commercial vehicles.

National Safety Code Standards
NSC Standard #1 - Single Driver's Licence
NSC Standard #2 - Knowledge and Performance Tests
NSC Standard #3 - Driver Examiner Training
NSC Standard #4 - Classified Driver's Licence Program
NSC Standard #5 - Self-Certification
NSC Standard #6 - Medical Requirements
NSC Standard #7 - Carrier Profile
NSC Standard #8 - Short Term Suspensions
NSC Standard #9 - Hours of Service
NSC Standard #10 - Security of Loads
NSC Standard #11 - Commercial Vehicle Maintenance
NSC Standard #12 - Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Roadside Inspections
NSC Standard #13 - Daily Trip Inspection Report
NSC Standard #14 - Safety Rating
NSC Standard #15 - Facility Audits
NSC Standard #16 - First Aid Training

Legislative Authority:
Motor Vehicle Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 293, Section 293.

Commercial Carrier Safety Fitness Rating and Compliance Regulations, made under section 303(G)b of the Motor Vehicle Act.
 

Last Updated: June 2013

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