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Nova Scotia Trip And Fuel Permit - IRP and IFTA permits for Nova Scotia

Single Trip Fuel Permit

Instead of obtaining motor fuel tax licensing under IFTA, carriers that operate qualified motor vehicles and who want to enter Nova Scotia may elect to satisfy motor fuel use tax obligations by obtaining a single trip permit.

A qualified motor vehicle is a motor vehicle used, designed or maintained for transportation of persons or property; having two axles and a gross vehicle weight or registered gross vehicle weight exceeding 26,000 pounds or 11,797 kilograms or having three or more axles regardless of weight or used in combination, when the weight of such combination exceeds 26,000 pounds or 11,797 kilograms gross vehicle weight.

A qualified motor vehicle does not include recreational vehicles.

Nova Scotia single trip permits are sold by Permit Companies who have been approved by Nova Scotia to issue and collect the applicable single trip fuel permit fee.

The permit is valid for 5 days or to the end of the trip.

Where can you get this Permit?

  • 730 Permit Services Inc. - (613) 657-1244
  • B.i.M Consulting Inc. - (506) 432-6840
  • Nova Permits & Pilot Cars - (800) 567-7775
  • Permicom Permits Services Inc. - (800) 749-6058
  • Permits Cda - Permis Cda Inc. - (800) 361-5757
  • Electronic Funds Transfer LLC - (866) 351-2435
  • Dynamo Express Truck Permits Inc. - (581) 742-6718

Where can you get further information?

Phone: 902-424-6300 or if that is long distance, 

call 1-800-565-2336 (toll-free) and press 5 for tax information

Temporary Permit (30 Days)

Who Needs This Licence?

Anyone wishing to operate a non-registered vehicle on a public road in Nova Scotia. (For example, while they are waiting for transfer of ownership documents, etc.) 

Application Forms & Process:

For information on Identification Requirements, please visit the Registry of Motor Vehicles website.

1)  You can fill out an application form when you come to the office to apply. 

2)  If you are applying for yourself, you will have to provide: 

(a)  the vehicle description [make, model, year and serial number];

(b)  some proof that you own the vehicle, and 

(c)  completed Statement of Insurance form.

(d)  valid safety inspection

3)  Although it is not often done, you can send in your application by mail.  The requirements are the same. 

4)  If you are applying on behalf of someone else, you must bring with you a letter signed by the owner of the vehicle, which includes the applicant's name, address and master number, the vehicle description [make, model, year and serial number], and gives you permission to apply for a permit on their behalf. You will also have to provide some proof that that person owns the vehicle, valid safety inspection and a completed Statement of Insurance form.

Waiting Period:

In person: : none

By Mail: 3-5 business days 

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

This permit is valid for 30 days from date of issue.

Price: (No tax is charged)

$ 13.20

Payment at counter:  cash, Interac debit card, Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit card, cheque or money order made out to the Registry of Motor Vehicles. 

Payment by mail:  please pay by cheque or money order made out to the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

Additional Information:

1) Under certain conditions, you can get this permit even if the vehicle is not registered in your name. For example;

You come in to register a vehicle, but there is a problem with some of your paperwork., and you can’t do it right away. So you use this permit until you can get the vehicle properly registered. 

For further details, contact a regional office. (see Where can you get...., above)

2)  Temporary permits are not issued to commercial vehicles in excess of 5000 kg.

3)  When you see the term "Master Number" or "Client Master Number" on an application form, it refers to the number on your Driver's Licence under the heading "Master".  This 14-digit number is made up of (a) the first 5 letters of your last name [if your last name has fewer than 5 letters, the difference is made up with spaces]; (b) plus the day / month / year of your birth; (c) plus 3 computer-assigned numbers.

For example: FINCH--220867001 [5 letters (Finch) + 22 (for 22nd) + 08 (for August, 8th month of the year) + 67 (for 1967) + 001 (3 computer-assigned numbers) ]

For master numbers assigned to a group of individuals (joint ownership), the last 9 digits are computer-assigned.

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