What’s a safety standards certificate?

A safety standards certificate is issued by a government-approved Motor Vehicle Inspection Station after a vehicle passes an inspection. The inspection covers the minimum safety requirements for vehicles in Ontario.

Look for a green and white sign that indicates that a mechanic qualifies as a certified inspector. 

You need this certificate when you:

  • register a rebuilt motor vehicle
  • transfer a used motor vehicle to a new owner as fit
  • register a motor vehicle in Ontario that was previously registered in another province or country
  • change the status of a vehicle from unfit to fit.

Vehicles are considered unfit when they do not meet the minimum basic safety standards to drive on Ontario roads.

Updated: July 10, 2014