International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) Licence

Apply for an International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) Licence. Nova Scotia-based carriers operating motor vehicles in multiple jurisdictions need the licence. The licence is valid for 1 year.

By law, Nova Scotia-based carriers operating motor vehicles in multiple jurisdictions must have an International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) Licence.

Eligibility

Nova Scotia-based carriers operating motor vehicles in 2 or more jurisdictions need to apply for an IFTA Licence.

You’re considered to be based in Nova Scotia if:

  • you keep your operational records in Nova Scotia (or you can make them available for audit purposes at your expense)
  • 1 or more qualified motor vehicles is registered in Nova Scotia

A qualified motor vehicle is a motor vehicle that’s used, designed or maintained for transportation of people or property and meets 1 of the following criteria:

  • has 2 axles and a gross vehicle weight or registered gross vehicle weight of more than 26,000 pounds or 11,797 kilograms
  • has 3 or more axles regardless of weight
  • used in combination, when the weight of such combination is 26,000 pounds or 11,797 kilograms gross vehicle weight

A qualified motor vehicle does not include recreational vehicles.

How to apply

  1. Complete the application form.
  2. Include payment with your application.
  3. Send your completed application and payment by mail. Or visit the Business Registration Unit.

How long it takes

It should take 2 weeks to get the licence. It can take longer if more information is needed or if your application hasn’t been filled in correctly.

Cost

Activity Fee
Per licence $31.15
Per vehicle $12.50

Payment options

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, debit card, cheque, money order, cash. A cheque or money order should be made payable to the Minister of Finance. Payment options may vary depending on how you apply.

Renewal

You need to renew your IFTA Licence each year. You should get a renewal notice in the mail before the renewal date. It’s your responsibility to renew on time.

Application form