HAM radio plates
ICBC issues HAM radio licence plates to certified amateur radio operators. The plates display the operator's assigned radio call sign.
HAM radio plates make it easy to identify HAM radio operators so that they can assist with emergency communications in the event of a natural disaster.
Types of vehicles that can have HAM plates
HAM radio plates can be displayed on:
- passenger vehicles
- commercial vehicles
- motor homes
Applying for HAM plates
1. Fill out an application for HAM plates (PDF)*. Forms are also available from Autoplan brokers.
2. Take the completed application form to an Autoplan broker and present your Certificate of Proficiency.
Note: To apply for HAM radio plates, you must hold a valid certificate of proficiency in amateur radio issued by Industry Canada.
Collecting your HAM plates
ICBC reviews your application. Once approved, your plates will be manufactured and sent to your broker. You will be notified by mail when they are ready for pick up. The process takes about two months. You will pick up your plates at your broker's office and hand in your regular licence plates.
How much do HAM radio plates cost?
There is no charge to apply for HAM radio plates. An $18 fee is charged when you substitute your regular plates with HAM radio plates.
Moving to B.C.?
Amateur radio operators moving to B.C. from another province must apply to Industry Canada for a B.C.-prefixed call sign. There is no fee for this service. Contact Industry Canada at 1-800-328-6189.
Need more information?
- 604-661-2800 (Lower Mainland)
- 1-800-663-3051 (elsewhere, toll-free)
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.