Alberta has announced that it would be getting rid of the sticker program from January 1, 2021. Stickers which mark the month and year of registration and stickers for fleet vehicles and permanent trailers will no longer be issued. Stickers however will still be needed for farm vehicles and prorated commercial vehicles taking part in the International Registration Plan.
Alberta will be upgrading to high-definition reflective licence plates that are expected to be ready by Fall of 2021 when the current painted plates are exhausted. The reflective plates will be issued then on a go-forward basis.
While talking about this development, the Government said this move would serve as a cost-saving measure in the sense that it currently costs $1.2 million per year to print, ship and warehouse expiry stickers for the 5.5 million vehicles across Alberta.
Minister of Service, Nate Glubish said: “Alberta’s government has been looking for ways to improve and modernize the delivery of registry services for Albertans. By moving to reflective licence plates, expiry stickers become redundant and outdated. This common-sense change cuts red tape aligns Alberta with other Canadian provinces and saves taxpayers money.”
Alberta drivers will still have to ensure year to year validity of their registration, get it renewed on time and possess a current certificate of vehicle registration.
Also, people can sign up for a reminder via a registry agent, the Alberta Motor Association, or MyAlberta eServices. Furthermore, one-year online vehicle registration renewals will be available for passenger vehicles and motorcycles.