British Columbia Vehicle Registration Data Archive

Welcome to the real "meat-and-potato's" of this web-site; the section that will hopefully be the most useful to both the hardcore collector, and casual observer of British Columbia license plates. It is here that you will find all the pure stats (no analysis, or interpretation on my part) regarding the issuing of license plates since 1904.



British Columbia Vehicle Registration Data
1904 to 1912
When the Act to Regulate the Speed and Operation of Motor Vehicles on Highways was passed in 1904, Section 3 required the Superintendent of Provincial Police to issue for each registered motor vehicle a number, and to "cause the name of such owner, with his address and the number of his permit, to be entered in a book to be kept for such purpose."
The first "Register" purchased by the nascent Motor Vehicle Department of the Provincial Police was approximately 200 pages and was used to record only the most basic details of automobile owners such as the Permit No., its date of issuance, along with the first initials, last name and city of residence of the owner.
This Register would be used from February 29, 1904, through February 28, 1911, and would contain information for vehicle registration numbers. 1 to 1,397.
A new Motor-traffic Regulation Act was passed on March 1, 1911, prompting the introduction of a new Register which now recorded the issuance of Dealer and Chauffeur registration numbers.
These Registers of the "pre-provincial" era would only be used for another two years, or until the Motor-traffic Regulation Act was amended on March 1, 1913, and introduced the concept of an annual licence plate and the re-issuance of numbers each year (starting at No. 1).
The following links (yet to be activated - stay tuned) are of the various Registers used between 1904 and 1912:


No
. 1 to 1,397
1904 - 1911
(Volume 1)

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No. 1,031 to 1,296
1910
(Volume 2)

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No. 1,296 to 1,794
1911
(Volume 3)

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No. 1 to 1,726
to Dec. 1912
(Volume 4)

LEGISLATION:
 




British Columbia Vehicle Registration Data
1913 to 1920

No. 1 to 2,434

1913 - 1919
(Volume 8)
No. 2,435 to 2,987
1913 - 1919
(Volume 10)
No. 2,988 to 5,436
1912 - 1916
(Volume 14)






No. 2,988 to 5,436
1916 - 1919
(Volume 12)

No. 5,437 to 7,891

1913 - 1917
(Volume 16)

 

No. 5,437 to 7,891
1917 - 1919
(Volume 18)


No. 7,892 to 10,347

1914 - 1920
(Volume 20)

No. 10,348 to 12,793
1917 - 1920
(Volume 22)

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No. 12,794 to 15,243
1917 - 1920
(Volume 24)

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No. 15,244 to 17,770
1918 - 1920
(Volume 26)

   

British Columbia Vehicle Registration Data
1921 to 1976
1921
1922
1929
1938
1939
1956
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
1962
1963
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979

Is technology not great? Six years after starting this section of the web site, instead of having to type these tables out, I can now simply scan the old MVB records into .pdf documents that can be uploaded to the site for your viewing convenience.  In other instances, we have transcribed available records so that they are more legible:
1920
1921
1922
1923
(103 kb)
1924
1925
(104 kb)
1926
1927
1928
1929
1930
1931
1932
1933
1934
1935
1936
1937
1938
1939
1940
1941
1942
1943
1944
1945
(71 kb)
1946
(73 kb)
1947
(75 kb)
1948
(79 kb)
1949
(74 kb)
1950
(74 kb)
1951
(77 kb)
1952
(77 kb)
1953
(76 kb)
1954
(76 kb)
1955
(80 kb)
1956
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
1962
1963
1964
(7.1 mb)
1965
(7.2 mb)
1966
(7.3 mb)
1967
(7.1 mb)
1968
(7.3 mb)
1969
(7.0 mb)
1970
(8.1 mb)
1971
(11.1 mb)
1972
(5.6 mb)
1973
(6.7 mb)
1974
(13.8 mb)
1975
(5.8 mb)
1976
(9.2 mb)
1977
1978
1979


British Columbia Licensing Data

1925 was the first year that a British Columbia Driver's License was issued, and the following information shows how many vehicles were registered, and under what types. Missing years 1973-74, and 1985-present.
1985 -89
1990-94
1995-99
2000-04
2004-09


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