Renewing your licence plate sticker at ServiceOntario
As the owner of a vehicle in Ontario, your car must be registered and insured. It is mandatory to follow all vehicle registration regulations. This article will answer any questions you may have about your vehicle, along with the answers to commonly asked questions.
First and foremost, your car must have a vehicle permit and your licence plate stickers. Issued by ServiceOntario, this permit is proof of your vehicle’s registration. While in your vehicle, it must be easily accessible at all times. If you are pulled over by a police officer, they will perform a check of your registration, along with your car insurance and driver’s licence. You must have both a vehicle permit and driver’s licence to ensure your vehicle gets registered in Ontario. On your vehicle permit, there is a registrant identification number (RIN) or vehicle permit number. This number is either a 9-digit generated number or your driver’s licence number. This number is essential for transactions such as vehicle registration.
Your licence plate sticker
Rear licence plates have a small coloured sticker in the top right-hand corner. This sticker is a licence plate sticker, and on it is your plate’s registration and expiry date. Your licence plate sticker will expire annually on your birthday. Stickers are valid for a maximum of two years. Once the renewal is complete, you will receive an updated sticker with its new expiry date, and so on. Ensure you don’t remove the sticker until you have received the updated one. If upon receiving your sticker, you notice any damage or incorrect information, check if it can be fixed online or bring it to a ServiceOntario and you will get a free replacement. The fine for driving with an expired plate sticker in Ontario is $110.
If you are a young driver or unable to renew your licence plate sticker, another person can complete the process (online-only) given they have all the required documentation. However, if you want to complete the process in person at ServiceOntario, you are the only person who can complete the renewal. If you are transferring ownership of your vehicle, it is possible to obtain a temporary licence plate sticker. This licence plate sticker will only be valid for ten days.
Registering your licence plate
The process of registering a vehicle in Ontario will vary based on if your car is new or used, but either way, there’s a step-by-step process. If you have a new car, the dealership you purchase it from will initially be able to complete the vehicle registration for you. This service will often include an additional fee. If you have a used car, there are a few extra steps you will have to take. If you have purchased your vehicle from a used car dealership, they may be able to complete initial registration for you, however, this is not true across all dealerships. If your dealership does not offer registration services, it is your responsibility to complete registration within six days of purchase.
According to ServiceOntario, here are the items you will need to register your car in Ontario successfully:
- A completed used vehicle information package
- Proof of purchase (i.e. a receipt or bill of sale)
- Proof of auto insurance from a licensed Ontario insurance company (must be purchased before starting this process)
- The plates for the car, if you have them
- The original vehicle permit from the seller (ensure you have completed the transfer portion)
- A verified driver’s licence
Renewing your licence plate stickers
Renewing a vehicle in Ontario is slightly different from registering for the first time. The renewal process will differ based on your vehicle. In Ontario, you must renew your licence plate stickers a minimum of once a year. It is possible to renew for two years, but this option includes an additional fee. You can restore your Ontario licence plate sticker up to 180 days before its expiration. Renewal is possible both on the ServiceOntario website or in person at a ServiceOntario office. If you choose to renew online, it will take up to five business days to complete, and you will receive your new licence plate sticker in the mail. After you have received it, please attach it to the top right-hand corner of your rear licence plate.
Regardless of where or how you choose to renew, here are the items you will need according to ServiceOntario:
- A licence plate number
- Permit/RIN Number
- An odometer reading
- Proof of payment of any outstanding fines
- Your licensed insurance company’s name and policy number
The price for car registration varies depending on your location. Below are the different regional prices, according to Service Ontario:
- Southern Ontario: $120 (one year), $240 (two years), $40 (motorcycle registration)
- Northern Ontario: $60 (one year), $120 (two years), $21 (motorcycle registration)
Moving to Ontario
If you are moving to Ontario, you will still need to register your vehicle in Ontario. Whether the car is new or used, the steps are the same. However, here are a few extra items to bring:
- Personal identification
- A Safety Standards certificate
- Your new Ontario driver’s licence
- The registration papers from your previous home
Moving within Ontario
If you are moving to another location in Ontario, you must update your address on your vehicle’s registration. There is no fee for this change. If you are moving within Canada, you will have to register with your new province.
You will need to have car insurance in force and proof of insurance before going to Service Ontario. There are many options of insurance companies for customers, so the best option is to get the advice of a licensed insurance broker like isure. A broker will be able to assess your needs and recommend which insurer and coverage is best for you.
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