How to get a special permit for vehicles that are not registered in Ontario or for commercial vehicles to exceed their registered weight while driving in Ontario.
Please note: we have extended validation to expired and expiring special permits. You do not need to renew at this time.
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A special permit can be used to drive a vehicle in Ontario for 10 days starting from the date it is issued. It can’t be ordered in advance or renewed online.
You can only apply for 2 special permits in 12 months (for passenger vehicles).
With a special permit, you can temporarily:
- drive or transport a passenger vehicle through Ontario without registering it in the province
- exceed the weight limit displayed on the permit for a commercial vehicle, if you are relocating it for business purposes (e.g., an auto auction or to and from dealerships)
Note: When you’re using a special permit, don’t display any other plate on your vehicle or trailer in a position that could confuse the identity of the special permit.
You can get a special permit for a passenger vehicle, if you:
- import the vehicle from outside the province or country and do not intend to register it in Ontario
- are a new resident to Ontario and recently bought the vehicle (you have 30 days to register the vehicle in the province)
- are moving the vehicle to or from an auto auction
- have a “fit” vehicle that is at least 20 years old and doesn’t have the necessary documents to satisfy the retail sales tax registration requirements
You can get a special permit for a commercial vehicle, if you are:
- transporting a vehicle or trailer
- towing a vehicle or trailer
- carrying goods
- carrying more than 2 passengers (buses only)
Register at a ServiceOntario centre
To get a special permit, you need:
- the current vehicle permit, indicating that the vehicle’s status is “fit” or a “tmp” vehicle permit with a valid safety standard certificate
- the back of the vehicle permit (the ownership) signed by the owner (if you do not own the vehicle)
- the name of your insurance company and the policy number
- identification document proving legal name, date of birth and signature
- a completed application for special permit (also available at any ServiceOntario centre)
Cost and delivery
- Passenger vehicle: $23.50
- Commercial vehicle (gross weight under 4500 kgs): $23.50
- Laden commercial vehicle (gross weight over 4500 kgs) or bus, without trailer: $116.25
- Laden commercial vehicle or bus, towing a trailer: $205
You need to pay fees to purchase a special permit. Fees vary based on vehicle class.
Visa, Mastercard, debit, cash, certified cheque
You will get the Special Permit at the ServiceOntario centre.
Importing a vehicle
If you import the vehicle from another province
You must provide the original vehicle title (For example: Certificate of Origin, Certificate of title, New Vehicle Information Statement, etc.)
If you import the vehicle from outside Canada
You must provide the registrar of imported vehicles (RIV) form 1 with both stamps. This ensures that the vehicle meets the federal inspection requirements. You also need to provide the original vehicle title (For example: Certificate of Origin, Certificate of title, New Vehicle Information Statement, etc.)
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