Register a vehicle (permit, licence plate and sticker)
How to register a vehicle in Ontario and get a vehicle permit, licence plate and licence plate sticker.
If you are buying a new vehicle from a dealership, the vehicle registration will usually be completed by the dealer.
If you are buying a used vehicle, you will need to register the vehicle within 6 days of the sale at a ServiceOntario centre.
To register a vehicle and get a permit and licence plate, you need:
- your driver’s licence or your registrant identification number (RIN)
- the completed used vehicle information package (only when registering a passenger vehicle, light commercial vehicle, self-propelled motor home or motorcycle)
- proof of purchase (e.g., a receipt from the seller or portion of used vehicle information package that can be used as a bill of sale)
- proof of insurance from an insurance provider licenced in Ontario
- the original vehicle permit from seller with completed transfer portion
- the plate portion of the permit, if you are already have a licence plate.
To get a licence plate sticker, you will need:
- Safety Standards Certificate (not required for trailers, mopeds, off-road vehicles or snowmobiles)
- Drive Clean vehicle emissions test.
Vehicle permit (all vehicles): $10
Licence plate (passenger vehicles – transfer and new): $13
Licence plate sticker (passenger vehicles):
- Northern Ontario: $45
- Southern Ontario: $90
Retail sales tax for the sale of the vehicle will be collected when you register.
Any outstanding fines in the licence plate holder’s name will be applied in addition to the above prices.
Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Debit, Cash, Certified Cheque
Vehicle permits and licence plates are issued immediately. Personalized licence plates will be mailed to the address you provide.
Notice: As of September 1, 2013, some fees have changed for driver and vehicle services. Learn more about which fees have changed and which fees will be changing.
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What you need to know
When you register your vehicle at a ServiceOntario centre you will get a vehicle permit, licence plate and licence plate sticker. You need to renew your licence plate sticker each year. Your vehicle permit needs to be updated within 6 days of a change in your address or vehicle information.
If you are registering a car that is over 20 years old you may need additional documents. Please contact ServiceOntario toll-free at 1-800-387-3445 (Canada) or 416-235-2999 (GTA).
Temporary licence plate sticker
A temporary licence plate sticker lets you drive your vehicle to a garage (for safety standards certificate or Drive Clean test etc.) to complete the requirements for a licence plate sticker and for other necessary short-term transportation purposes.
If you don’t plan to register your vehicle but need to drive in Ontario temporarily, you may be eligible to get a 10-day special permit at a ServiceOntario centre.
- get a personalised licence plate?
- transfer a vehicle from a family member?
- register an out of province vehicle in Ontario?
Fees for other types of vehicles
|Type of vehicle||Fee|
|Commercial vehicle (gross weight less than 3,000 kg)||$12|
|Motorized snow vehicle||$20|
Licence Plate Sticker
|Type of vehicle||southern Ontario||northern Ontario|
|Motorized mobile home||$90||$45|
|Commercial vehicle (gross weight less than 3,000 kg, business use)||$90||$90|
|Commercial vehicle (gross weight less than 3,000 kg, personal use)||$90||$45|
|Motorized snow vehicle||$15||$0|
To replace a lost, stolen or damaged vehicle permit, visit a ServiceOntario center and bring your driver’s licence or registrant identification number. The fee to replace a vehicle permit is $10.
By law, you must insure a vehicle if you plan to drive it in Ontario. You must have this insurance before you can:
- attach licence plates to a vehicle
- renew your registration
- buy a temporary (trip) permit.
In Ontario, you buy this insurance from a private insurance company. You will receive a pink insurance card from your insurance company. This card shows proof of insurance for the vehicle you are driving. When driving your own or someone else's vehicle in Ontario, you must have the pink insurance card with you at all times. If you are stopped by a police officer while driving, you must show your pink insurance card when asked. If you do not, you can be fined up to $400.