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Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

Registrar, Passenger Transportation Branch

Apply - Transfer a Licence/Obtain the Licence

A licence holder (transferor) and another person (transferee) can jointly apply to transfer a Passenger Transportation Licence (licence) from one legal entity to another. A legal entity may be a person or sole proprietor, a partnership or a corporation.

The person who is transferring the licence is called the “transferor”.  The person who is obtaining the licence is called the “transferee”.  Both the transferor and the transferee must submit a transfer application form to the Passenger Transportation Branch.

If the licence to be transferred involves a General Authorization and a Special Authorization, an application is needed for each type of authorization. However, only one application filing fee is required if both are filed at the same time.

General Authorization (GA)

The Registrar of Passenger Transportation (Registrar) makes decisions on the transfer of GA licences. 

The transferor must maintain care and control over the operations under the Passenger Transportation Licence until a decision on the transfer has been made and, if approved, a new licence has been issued by the Registrar of Passenger Transportation.

What does the transferee need before we can apply to transfer a GA licence?

The transferee must obtain a safety certificate in the legal name of the transferee, with a satisfactory rating, issued by a jurisdiction in North America before making application to transfer an existing Passenger Transportation Licence. Safety certificates are known by different names, depending on the province, territory or state that issues them; for example, in British Columbia the safety certificate is known as the National Safety Code (NSC) certificate.

How do I apply to transfer my GA Licence/obtain the GA Licence?

Individuals or organizations applying to transfer a GA licence are required to include with their application information to meet Registrar of Passenger Transportation (Registrar) information requirements:

  • Completed PTR5027: General Authorization Licence Transfer Application. A copy of this form is also available on the Registrar's website or by request at the Branch. Part A of the application form must be completed by the transferor and Part B must be completed by the transferee.
  • Completed PTR5002: Signing Authority (included in the PTR5027: General Authorization Licence Transfer Application Package) including specimen signatures for everyone authorized by the transferee to correspond with the Branch regarding passenger transportation matters.
  • Transferee passenger service proposal statement that describes the service(s) proposed and answers the following questions:

    1. What is the nature of the business? (e.g. what type of business?)
    2. How will the vehicle(s) be used? (e.g. sightseeing, tour, charter bus)
    3. What size of vehicle(s) will be used? (Provide a brief description of the vehicle(s) you plan to use — e.g. year, make, model and passenger carrying capacity (excluding the driver)
    4. What type of compensation will you receive? (e.g. charter, individual fares, flat rates, point to point rates)
    5. How will the compensation be collected?
  • Agent Letter of Authorization — If the transferee has hired an agent to prepare their application, the Branch requires a letter signed by the transferee authorizing the agent to act on their behalf.
  • Payment of the $200 Application Fee. The application fee is non-refundable once an application has been accepted by the Branch.
  • If you (transferee) have already purchased or leased vehicle(s) complete and submit the PTR5005B: Commercial Vehicle Safety Compliance Declaration (included in the PTR5027: General Authorization Licence Transfer Application Package).

Note:  Applicants are advised to delay the purchase, lease, or short term rental of vehicle(s) until after approval is obtained from the Registrar of Passenger Transportation.

 

Special Authorization (SA)

The Passenger Transportation Board (Board) makes decisions on the transfer of SA licences.  The licence transfer process for special authorization does not allow for any amendments to the Board approved terms and conditions of licence or PDV rates.

The transferor must maintain care and control over the operations under the Passenger Transportation Licence until a decision on the transfer has been made and, if approved, a new licence has been issued by the Registrar of Passenger Transportation.

What does the transferee need before we can apply to transfer an SA licence?

The transferee must obtain a safety certificate in the legal name of the transferee, with a satisfactory rating, issued by a jurisdiction in North America before making application to transfer an existing Passenger Transportation Licence. Safety certificates are known by different names, depending on the province, territory or state that issues them; for example, in British Columbia the safety certificate is known as the National Safety Code (NSC) certificate.

How do I apply to transfer my SA Licence/obtain the SA Licence?

Individuals or organizations applying to transfer an SA Licence are required to include with their application supporting documentation to meet both Registrar of Passenger Transportation (Registrar) and Passenger Transportation Board (Board) information requirements.

Registrar, Passenger Transportation Information Requirements

  • Completed PTR5025: Transfer Special Authorization Licence Transfer Application. A copy of this form is available on the Registrar's website or by request at the Branch. Part A of the application form (PTR5025) must be completed by the transferor and Part B must be completed by the transferee.
  • Completed PTR5002: Signing Authority (included in the PTR5025: Special Authorization Licence Transfer Application Package) including specimen signatures for everyone authorized by the transferee to correspond with the Branch and/or the Board regarding passenger transportation matters
  • Agent Letter of Authorization - If the transferee has hired an agent to prepare their application, the Branch requires a letter signed by the transferee authorizing the agent to act on their behalf.
  • Payment of the $200 Application Fee - the application fee is non-refundable once an application has been accepted by the Branch.
  • If the Board approves the application, Branch staff will ask the transferee to submit the following vehicle documents:

Vehicle(s) base plated in BC

  • A current vehicle registration (i.e. "Owner's Certificate of Insurance and Licence/Vehicle Registration" that:
    1. shows the vehicle to be licensed/registered in the correct I.C.B.C. insurance category;
    2. shows the vehicle to be classified as "commercial type"; and
    3. displays the correct seating capacity.
  • A current Commercial Vehicle Inspection Report (CVIP), Form MV3104, that verifies the vehicle has been inspected and passed by an approved vehicle inspection facility. Inspections are required to be performed on a semi-annual basis unless your operation is part of a preventative maintenance program.

Vehicle(s) base plated outside of BC

  • A current vehicle insurance document showing the vehicle has been properly licensed and insured as a commercial passenger vehicle and displaying the correct seating capacity; AND
  • A current mechanical inspection report that verifies the vehicle has been inspected and passed by an approved vehicle inspection facility. Inspections are required to be performed on a semi-annual basis in BC.

Passenger Transportation Board Information Requirements

Information about Board requirements and copies of the guides, reference sheets and forms needed to complete your application are available on the Board's website. The Board's website also provides access to additional information including, but not limited to, the Weekly Bulletin, industry information and Board operational policies and procedures. Copies of the guides, sheets and forms are also available by request at the Branch.