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Does anybody know how long I can drive a USA car in Canada (Calgary)? My brother lives in LA (US Citizen) and has a Lotus Elise. He is thinking of driving it up to Calgary for the summer, then he's off to Italy for five months. He is willing to let me drive the car for the rest of the year. He has already put me on as a second driver on his insurance. Since I am Canadian Citizen & I was wondering how long I can drive the car?


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We do not have specific information on how long you can drive a car registered and insured in the US can be kept and driven in Canada. We did find information at Transport Canada that states that under Section 7(1)(b) of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, a motor vehicle may be admitted temporarily into Canada without complying with the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations if it is to be used exclusively by a person entering Canada as a visitor or a person passing through Canada to another country.

Furthermore the vehicle cannot be sold or otherwise disposed of while in Canada and cannot remain in Canada for a period longer than the time constraints listed on the work permit, student visa or any other Customs documents. Once these time limits are exceeded, the vehicle no longer qualifies for temporary entry under section 7(1)(b) of the Act and must be exported.

As the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency also has requirements concerning the importation of vehicles, you may also try contacting them.

For specific information about the province you are in try contacting the Motor Vehicle Registry of Alberta. This government agency may be able to advise you on how long you can legally drive your brother's Lotus in Calgary.

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  1. Paul

    My son lives in Ontario Canada and is in need a a car. I live in Arkansas, can I give my car to my son, if so what needs to be done. Can I drive my car to my sons home town and give him the car?

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