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Renewing your licence plate is now $0 (for most vehicles) and can be done online.

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Renew or check your expiry date online.

Valid for 1 or 2 years


You must renew your licence plate every 1 or 2 years. For most this will be before your birthday.

Overview

Your vehicle must have a valid licence plate and be insured to drive legally in Ontario. The licence plate renewal period varies depending on type of vehicle and if you choose to renew for 1 or 2 years.

Passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles, motorcycle and mopeds

Owners of passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles under 3,000 kg, motorcycles and mopeds must renew licence plates every 1 or 2 years, usually before your birthday. Expired licence plates are subject to enforcement action.

If you own one of these types of vehicles, when you renew:

  • you will no longer receive a sticker
  • you do not have to pay licence plate renewal fees 
  • law enforcement will be instantly aware your licence plate was renewed

It’s the law to update your driver’s licence and vehicle permit (the green ownership document) within 6 days of a move. You can update your address online or by visiting a ServiceOntario centre.

Heavy commercial vehicles

Heavy commercial vehicles (over 3,000 kg), buses, school buses and farm plated vehicles can now renew online.

Learn more about renewing your heavy commercial licence plate.

What you need to do before you renew

When you need to renew

You can renew your licence plate up to 180 days before it expires. The expiry date for individuals is usually your birthday.

The expiry date for passenger vehicle, light commercial vehicle, motorcycle or moped licence plates can be checked online using your licence plate and vehicle permit numbers.

Check your licence plate expiry date

If you are a business owner and/or joint registrant, please check your vehicle permit for your expiry date.

What you need before you renew

To renew your licence plate, you need:

Renew online and in-person

Renewing a licence plate for passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles, motorcycles and mopeds is free and you do not need a licence plate sticker for these vehicles.

Renew online

Most customers can renew online.

You can renew up to 10 vehicles per transaction online for vehicles that weigh 3,000 kg or less, including:  

  • passenger vehicles 
  • light commercial vehicles under 3,000 kg 
  • motorcycles 
  • mopeds 

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Transaction receipts can be printed for your records after you renew your licence plate online.

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Renew in-person

Visit a ServiceOntario centre if you cannot renew online. A representative will provide you with a transaction receipt.

Find a ServiceOntario centre

You may be able to book an appointment ahead of your visit.

A representative will provide you with a transaction receipt.

Questions about renewals

Find out more information about renewal requirements or call us at 1-800-387-3445 (TTY: 1-800-268-7095).

Licence plate sticker fee refunds

We are providing a one-time refund for licence plate sticker fees to individual owners of passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles, motorcycles and mopeds. This cheque refunds your licence plate renewal fees paid from March 2020 to March 2022.

Licence plate sticker fee refund cheques will be offered until March 13, 2024.

Find out more information about getting a refund.

Businesses are still required to pay any unpaid renewal fees from March 1, 2020, to March 12, 2022

Licence plate sticker refund cheques were not issued for licence plates with outstanding fines or tolls, such as:

  • unpaid tolls
  • unpaid fines for violations like parking or speeding tickets

If you owe defaulted fees, fines or tolls, learn how to make a payment online.

Licence plate sticker fee refund cheques will be offered until March 13, 2024.

Replacement cheques

Someone who believes that their one-time refund cheque was lost, stolen or damaged, or sent to a deceased person, should visit ontario.ca/StickerRefund or contact ServiceOntario at 1-800-387-3445 (TTY: 1-800-268-7095) by March 31, 2025.

Submit all documents by March 31, 2025, to qualify for a cheque reissuance.

Ensure your current address and address on your driver’s licence and vehicle permit (ownership) match. It’s the law to update your driver’s licence and vehicle permit (the green ownership document) within 6 days of a move.

Cost and delivery

Cost

407 ETR system update
From January 27 – March 5, 2024, 407 ETR will not process payments for overdue tolls while a system update is underway. If you have an unpaid 407 toll that will prevent you from renewing your licence plate, please make payments to ServiceOntario directly (online or in-person) to avoid delays in completing your plate renewal.

$0 for passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles, motorcycles and mopeds.

Note: your renewal fee may vary based on your situation. For example, if you have a company vehicle, trailer or snowmobile.

If you renew online

For passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles, motorcycles and mopeds, transaction receipts can be printed for your records at the end of your transactions.

If you renew in-person

A representative will provide you with a transaction receipt.

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

Delivery

You will no longer receive a licence plate sticker for passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles, motorcycles and mopeds. You must continue to renew your licence plate every 1 or 2 years, usually before your birthday.

Once you complete your renewal online or in-person, law enforcement will be instantly aware your licence plate has been renewed.

Renew a heavy commercial vehicle licence plate

You can renew online for up to 5 vehicles per transaction, for:

  • heavy commercial vehicles weighing over 3,000 kg
  • buses/school buses
  • farm plated vehicles 

Find out more information on heavy commercial vehicle renewals, including buses, school buses and farm plated vehicles.

Your renewal fee may vary based on your vehicle, permit and licence type

Renew as a business owner or joint registrant

If you are a business owner and/or joint registrant, please check your vehicle permit for your expiry date.

Businesses are still required to pay any unpaid renewal fees from March 1, 2020, to March 12, 2022, which will be collected at the time of your next plate renewal.

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Renew a snow vehicle licence plate

Snow vehicles still require a licence plate sticker.

You can renew your snow vehicle sticker online.

Renew your sticker
Note: you can also renew in-person at a ServiceOntario centre.

Cost

$15 Southern Ontario
$0 Northern Ontario

How you can pay

Online

VISA, Mastercard

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

Delivery

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

If your sticker is expiring soon

You will get a temporary 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 you renew in person

You will be given your licence plate sticker at the ServiceOntario centre.

Unpaid fines

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:

  • speeding
  • drinking and driving
  • careless driving
  • racing

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

Defaulted driver fines must also be paid in full before you can renew your driver’s licence or order a personalized licence plate.

You can pay online or in person at a ServiceOntario centre.

Pay driver fines or fees online

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:
    • parking
    • 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.

Find a ServiceOntario centre

Insurance coverage

Insure your vehicle

By law, to renew your licence plate, your vehicle must be insured.

The Ministry of Transportation verifies that your vehicle is insured by checking your vehicle identification number – a unique number assigned to your vehicle – with the insurance information from your insurance provider.

If your insurance information cannot be verified, or your vehicle identification number cannot be matched, you will not be able to renew your licence plate.

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 before you can renew your licence plate online. 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.

If you’ve moved recently

You must change your address within 6 days after you move. You should keep your address up-to-date to make sure:

  • any products you order online will arrive at the correct address
  • the validation fee you are charged aligns with the area you live in
  • you are complying with the law

Update your address

Issues with your plate

If you have any issues with your licence plate, for example:

  • stolen
  • damaged
  • lost

You must visit a ServiceOntario centre.

Find out more information about plate issues.