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Fees waived but license plates still need to be renewed

August 11, 2022   ·   0 Comments

If you are a driver and own your own vehicle, you have probably already received a cheque in the mail from the provincial government reimbursing you for license plate fees.

The Ontario government scrapped the license plate fees on March 13, and has eliminated the requirement for drivers to have a license plate sticker.

At time, it was explained that the idea was to save drivers money and that money would go back into the economy as people had more money to spend.

Scrapping the fees will cost the province around $1.1 billion in lost revenue.

The new rules apply to all passenger vehicles, light duty trucks, motorcycles, and mopeds. The previous fee for renewal was $120 for passenger vehicles in Southern Ontario and $60 in the North.

The fact that you no longer have to pay to renew your plate doesn’t mean you can just forget about it.

You still must renew your license plates every year. You won’t be getting a notification in the mail and stickers will not be issued.

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

In the past, plate renewals were usually required on a person’s birthday.

When renewing your license plates you will no longer receive a sticker, and law enforcement will be instantly aware your license plate was renewed.

You will not be able to renew your license plate if you have unpaid fines for moving violations. You must pay the fines before you will be allowed to renew your plate.

The easiest way to renew your license plates is to go on-line at the Ontario Government website and provide the necessary information including your license plate number and your vehicle permit number with is on your vehicle registration document.

You can also visit a Service Ontario location to renew in person.

By Brian Lockhart


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