Overview

Licence types

You can apply for 1 of 2 types of garage licences:

  • Class A: if you sell trailers only
  • Class C: if you buy vehicles to wreck and dismantle, but not for resale

You don’t need a garage licence

You do not need a garage licence if you:

  • have a Motor Vehicle Dealer’s Licence (OMVIC Certificate) issued by the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC)
  • do not sell motor vehicles, but sell:
    • farm tractors
    • self-propelled machinery primarily intended for farming or construction
    • motor-assisted bicycles
    • off-road vehicles
    • motorized snow vehicles

Renew your garage licence

You will need to renew your garage licence every year starting on November 1.

If you did not renew your licence for the previous year, you will need to pay the fee for both the previous year and the current year. If you have not renewed your licence for 2 or more years, you will need to apply for a new garage licence.

To renew your licence, you:

  • do not need a letter from the city
  • need to send in your completed renewal application form found on your current garage licence by mail or in person

Mail

ServiceOntario
PO Box 9200
Kingston ON
K7L 5K4

In person at 2 ServiceOntario centres

Cost

$25

Payment

If you renew by mail, you can pay with:

  • cheque or money order made payable to the “Minister of Finance”
  • credit card (a Payment Authorization Form must be completed)

Email us to get a Payment Authorization Form.

If you renew in person, you can pay with:

  • debit
  • Visa or Mastercard
  • cash

Delivery

Renewed by Mail
4 to 6 weeks by Canada Post

Renewed in-person
Get your licence on the same day

Get a garage licence for the first time

To apply for a first time class A or C garage licence, you need:

  • to complete the Application for Garage Licence form
  • a letter from the city stating that the proposed location of your business does not violate any municipal bylaws (for class C licence only)
  • send your completed application, payment and required documents by mail or in person

Mail

ServiceOntario
PO Box 9200
Kingston ON
K7L 5K4

In-person at 2 ServiceOntario centres

Cost and delivery

Cost

$25 - for a full calendar year

$12.50 - if your business starts on or after September 1

Payment

If you renew by mail, you can pay with:

  • cheque or money order made payable to the “Minister of Finance”
  • credit card (a Payment Authorization Form must be completed)

Email us to get a Payment Authorization Form.

If you renew in person, you can pay with:

  • debit
  • Visa or Mastercard
  • cash

Delivery

4 to 6 weeks by Canada Post

How to replace a garage licence

To replace your garage licence, you need to:

Cost

$5

If you sell or move a business

If you sell or move your business, you need to return your garage licence to the ministry.

You will need to apply for a new licence to ensure that the new location does not violate any municipal bylaws.

You can return a garage licence by mail or in person:

Mail

ServiceOntario
PO Box 9200
Kingston ON
K7L 5K4

In person at 2 ServiceOntario centres

Garage register

If you operate a garage you must maintain a record of all used motor vehicles/trailers bought, sold or wrecked. These records must be kept for at least 2 years at your business location.

Download the Garage Register Form

Contact us

If you need more information please call us Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at:

Updated: December 01, 2021
Published: April 30, 2015