Renew your heavy commercial licence plate
Learn how to renew your licence plates for your heavy commercial vehicles (over 3,000 kg), such as buses, school buses or farm vehicles.
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Owners of heavy commercial vehicles (commercially plated with a Registered Gross Weight (RGW) greater than 3,000 kg), which include all buses, school buses and farm plated vehicles, must renew their licence plates for any period between 3 and 12 months.
Your heavy commercial vehicle must have a valid licence plate sticker and be insured to be driven legally in Ontario.
When you renew:
- you will continue to receive a licence plate sticker
- your renewal fee is based on the type of heavy commercial vehicle and the registered gross weight of the vehicle
- law enforcement will be instantly aware your licence plate was renewed
What you need to know before you renew
To renew your licence plate, you need:
- your licence plate number
- your vehicle permit number
- your insurance company name and policy number
- your odometer reading (if applicable)
- to pay any defaulted fines, tolls or fees
- to pay for your renewal fees (if applicable)
- an emissions test, if you are renewing for a heavy-duty diesel vehicle
- maximum seating capacity (for buses or school buses only)
When you need to renew
- You can renew your licence plate up to 90 days before it expires.
- The expiry date for individuals is usually on your birthday.
- Business owners and joint registrants should check your vehicle permit for your expiry date.
Renew online and in-person
You can renew online for up to 5 vehicles per transaction, for heavy commercial vehicles weighing over 3,000 kg, buses, school buses and farm plated vehicles.
Notice: Service Interruption
Due to scheduled maintenance this online service will be temporarily unavailable Sunday, October 16, 2022 4:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Visit a ServiceOntario centre if you cannot renew online.
Questions about renewals
Cost and delivery
Renewal fees are calculated based on the type of heavy commercial vehicle and the registered gross weight.
How to pay in-person
Pay with cash, cheque, money order, Visa, Mastercard or Interac®.
If you are paying by cheque, please note:
- personal cheques must be certified (we will not accept uncertified personal cheques)
- company cheques must have the company name pre-printed on them
- cheques must be made payable to: Minister of Finance
If you renew online
Your licence plate sticker(s) will arrive in the mail within 14 days. It may take longer:
- if you are outside of Ontario
- when demand is higher than normal
Transaction receipts can be printed for your records at the end of your transactions.
If your sticker is expiring soon and you renew online
You will get a temporary heavy commercial vehicle licence plate sticker validation document when you renew your sticker:
- 14 days or less before it expires
- after it expires
Until the new sticker arrives, you must:
- print the temporary licence plate validation document and keep it in the vehicle
- leave the existing sticker on the licence plate
The temporary licence plate sticker validation document is:
- proof that you renewed your sticker
- gives you a 14-day extension from the order date until the new sticker arrives
If your sticker has not arrived in 14 days, or arrives damaged, call ServiceOntario within 31 days of your order date.
Please note that there is a $7 fee for replacements after 31 days of the order date.
If you renew in-person
You will be given your licence plate sticker at the ServiceOntario centre.
Driver fines or fees
Defaulted driver fines are for any unpaid moving violation and do not include vehicle (parking or highway toll) fines.
Examples of moving violations are:
- drinking and driving
- careless driving
You may have to pay a reinstatement fee or Administrative Monetary Penalty (AMP) if your licence was suspended.
Your licence could be suspended:
- at the side of the road (a roadside suspension)
- a court could order a suspension
- if you receive a suspension letter from the Ministry of Transportation
You can pay online or in person at a ServiceOntario centre.
Vehicle fines, penalties or tolls
You must pay outstanding vehicle fines, penalties, tolls and fees when you renew your licence plate. These include:
- highway tolls
- outstanding vehicle licensing fees (bounced cheques, for example)
- vehicle fines or penalties such as:
- red light camera
- passing a stopped school bus
- operating an unlicensed taxi
- automated speed enforcement
- passing a stopped streetcar
To pay any outstanding fines, penalties, tolls or fees on your vehicle, please visit a ServiceOntario centre.
Insure your vehicle
By law, to renew your licence plate, your vehicle must be insured.
You will need to compare the vehicle identification number on 3 things:
- the dashboard of your vehicle
- your vehicle permit
- your Canadian inter-province motor vehicle liability insurance card (pink card)
If the vehicle identification number on your dashboard and your Canadian inter-province motor vehicle liability insurance card do not match, you will need to contact your insurance company to fix it.
Check your vehicle identification number before you renew
You will need to correct your vehicle identification number before you can renew your licence plate online.
If the vehicle identification number on your dashboard and vehicle permit does not match, you will need to visit ServiceOntario to correct it. You will need to bring the following documents:
- the vehicle permit (ownership) – the vehicle portion of the permit is required
- your Canada Inter-Province Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance Card (“pink card”)
- one of the following documents:
- original vehicle manufacturer’s warranty
- copy of manufacturer’s invoice
- original or copy of the bill/certificate of sale from the original selling dealer
- letter from an authorized dealer for your make of vehicle verifying the correct vehicle identification number of the vehicle
- copy of certificate of title/certificate of origin
- copy of New Vehicle Information Statement (NVIS).
- written confirmation from municipal or provincial police verifying that the vehicle identification number was checked through the Canadian police information centre
- original safety standards certificate, form SR-E-214, only if the last 6 characters of the vehicle identification number are correct
- sworn affidavit by the vehicle owner explaining the vehicle identification number error
If you do not have insurance, you must get it from an insurance provider licensed to do business in Ontario. Proof of insurance is required to renew your licence plate.
Issues with your plate
Heavy-duty diesel vehicles
If your commercial heavy-duty diesel vehicle is registered in Ontario and is 7 years or older, it must pass an emissions test before you can renew your licence plate.
If your vehicle is due for an emissions test, it will be indicated on the renewal notice you received in the mail.
- Renew a licence plate (for passenger vehicle, light duty vehicles under 3,000kg, motorcycles and mopeds)
- Register a vehicle (permit, licence plate and sticker)
- Replace a lost, stolen, or damaged licence plate
- Fee calculator: heavy commercial vehicle