Ontario riders, don’t forget to renew your licence plate

Ontario riders—you might have free licence plate renewals, but the provincial government wants to remind you that you still have to renew your plates.

Back in May, Ontario’s provincial government ended the licence plate sticker program, which saw motorists paying for a sticker to affix to their plate every year, to keep their vehicle legally allowed on the street. Now, under the new rules, you don’t have to pay for this renewal service, and you don’t need a sticker on your plate—but you are required to renew your motorcycle’s plate.

As per the ServiceOntario website:

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.

Owners of passenger vehicles, light duty vehicles under 3,000 kg, motorcycles and mopeds must still renew licence plates every 1 or 2 years, usually before your birthday.

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

Note that if you don’t do this, police can slap you with a very hefty ticket.

So, don’t forget to take care of this piece of business—there’s no reason not to. For most people that renewal date is on your birthday. More details here.

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