Canada’s first automated motorcycle license system launches in Vancouver

  • September 30, 2021

Canada’s federal government announced Tuesday it has unveiled the first automated system for motorcycle licenses, allowing owners to bypass the cumbersome process of registering their vehicle and driving to a mechanic.

The Automated License Plate System will be rolled out to 1,500,000 drivers in Vancouver by the end of this month, according to the department’s online site.

The system will also be rolled into the city’s fleet of fully automated vehicles, starting this fall, which are expected to go into service in 2021.

The DMV says the system is intended to speed up the process for motorcyclists who need to register their motorcycles.

“Motorcyclists are the fastest growing segment of the motorcycle market in Canada and our goal is to increase the speed and efficiency of the process by allowing them to register an automated license plate,” said Mark Watson, Minister of State for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

The government said it will not be launching an automated system in all provinces and territories, though it is looking to add the technology to existing systems across the country.

A similar system was launched last year in Nova Scotia, but that province has yet to implement it.

It is also looking to roll out a system in Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

“This is the first time we’re doing it in Canada,” Watson said.

He said the province plans to introduce a new automated system at the end.

A separate automated license system in the U.S. was launched in 2018, but it has not yet been rolled out.

Watson said the DMV’s goal is not to “create a monopoly” but to “ensure that every licensed motorcyclist in the country has access to an automated, easy-to-use system.”

The system has been tested by over 500,000 motorists, he said.