New Brunswick Amateur Call-Plates


Wilfred (Fred) LeBlanc VE9UN


“A touch of History”
Sometime between the 21 Feb 1956 at the time when New Brunswick Amateur Radio Association Inc. was formed, and 1962, CALLPLATES started to appear on HAM operator’s vehicles.

From what I was able to fine out, VE1ABZ Norris Hayward, a charter menber, on behalf of the New Brunswick Amateur Radio Association Inc. had various meetings with offcials of the provincial government to have callplates accepted as a means of vehicle registration for the New Brunswick amateur radio operators. To show their appreciation for the assistance given by the amateurs during times of disasters, they approved the request, but not without restrictions.

In the GOOD OLD DAYS upon requesting for callplates, it was necessary for the HAM operator (in the presence of the JUSTICE OF THE PEACE) to sign a statement that indicated the vehicle had aHAM RADIO installed and that it was in operating condition, otherwise the plates would be returned to the MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION OFFICE.

Printing of plates was done only once a year. Since then, through on-going meetings with Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Registration Executives and the NBARA’S Callplate Committee they succeeded in having: a) restrictions removed, b) plates printed serveral times during the year, at the same time Motor Vehicle Registration is placing an order to regular and/or vanity plates printed. Approximately three weeks after the list has been submitted to “Motor Vehicle Registration”,callplates are received, new registrations are prepared and placed with the plates and then mailed directly to the Amateur Radio Operator’s (HAM) residence (QTH)

Not too long ago some officials of the Motor Vehicle Registration were ready to treat CALLPLATES in the same manner as VANITY PLATES, which presently cost over $160.00 . Members of theNBARA were able to meet with the officials and convince them to continue with the present system.

Being able to have callplates on our vehicles is “Not a Right” but a “Privilege“, display them with pride, demonstrate good driving habits and be courteous to others.

I believe that you will agree, the staff of the “Motor Vehicle Registration Branch ” at King’s Place are giving us, the New Brunswick Hams, nothing but the very best of service.

PS. For those who have received callplates, show your appreciation for the service given by sending them a brief note of thanks in c/o Susan MacCracken, Motor Vehicle Branch, PO Box 6000, Fredericton NB, E3B 5H1.


Section: vehicle registration section Chapter/page 1 dated 16/12/85
Title: Plates issued Subject: Amateur Radio “VE1 or VE9”
These are special plates issued to licensed Amateur Radio Operators (HAM) bearing their individual’s call letters. Effective 01 Dec 1993 New Brunswick call letters begin with the PREFIX VE9 OR VE1 followed by their individual’s call letters.

Amateur Radio CALLPLATES are only issued through Head Office, renewals may be processed at the Revenue Office in the usual manner, etc.

Amateur Radio CALLPLATES are to be issued only to passenger or light commercial vehicles of 2249 kg or less.

Note: motor homes falls in the passenger vehicle category.
Under no circumstances can an Amateur Radio CALLPLATES be issued to anyone other than the person to whom a validated Radio Station License bearing the call letters has been issued. Callplates issued under these conditions can only be displayed on his/her vehicle of principle use, i.e:

  • 1. an amateur radio station license of Clubs and/or organizations etc., sponsored by a licensed Amateur Radio Operator are not considered to be the sponsor’s station or call letters.
  • 2. VE1 callplates replaced with VE9 callplates are no longer valid, therefore are not transferable to other vehicles.
  • 3. if an individual for one reason or another is no longer an Amateur Radio Operator, the callpates are to be replaced with regular plates, and said callplates should be returned to the Head Office for disposal.

Note: Exemption has been waived for para b and c, if you wish, old callpates can be retained by yourself for the purpose of using them as souvenirs only.

Amateur Radio callplates, being a special plates, can be moved from one vehicle to another as per instructions under plates exchanges, Section 2.4.2.

Note: under no circumstances can a vehicle displaying Amateur Radio callplates be transferred without doing a plates replacement at the same time.


How to Apply
Write a brief note requesting to have callplates with your callsign for the vehicle principally used by yourself. Please include the following with your request.

  • 1. a photocopy of your current radio station license bearing the callsign you are requesting to have on the callplates.
  • 2. a photocopy of your current motor vehicle registration of the vehicle you wish to have the callplate on,
  • 3. a “cheque or money order” made payable to the “MINSTER OF FINANCE” for the province of New Brunswick.

Note: for the fee, please contact the undersigned via telephone at 506-472-3215 or: Fred LeBlanc; VE9UN.

Wilfred LeBlanc, VE9UN
Chairman, Callplate Committee
17 DeWitt Acres,
Fredericton, NB
E3A 6S3