With plenty of to-dos on your list, getting your licence plate renewed regularly is another thing to consider. Since rules around this regulation have recently changed in Ontario, many people are confused about licence plate renewals. In February, the Ontario government announced the elimination of licence plate renewal fees. Alongside this change, people will not be required to have a licence plate sticker for the following types of vehicles: passenger vehicles, light-duty trucks, motorcycles, and mopeds.

A common misconception is that because licence plate renewals are now considered free (for most vehicles) in Ontario, this means the overall need to renew their licence plate is no longer required. However, the regulation that Ontarians will need to renew their licence plate will continue to be in effect. This means Ontarians can expect to keep up with this task similar to how they’ve always done it in the past.

Important: If you paid renewal fees for your licence plate sticker for an individually-owned vehicle between March 1, 2020, and March 12, 2022, you will receive your refund cheque in the mail. To get your refund, ensure that your driver’s licence address is correct and pay any defaulted fees, fines, or tolls.

What do you need to know before renewing your licence plate?

To renew your licence plate, your vehicle needs to be insured. The Ministry of Transportation verifies that your vehicle is insured by checking your vehicle identification number. If your vehicle’s insurance can’t be verified, you’ll be unable to renew your license plate. You’ll also need to be sure that your vehicle identification number and Canadian inter-province motor vehicle liability insurance card match – if they don’t, you’ll need to contact your insurance provider to fix the issue.

According to Service Ontario, to renew your licence plate, you will need:

  • your licence plate number
  • your vehicle permit number
  • your insurance company name and policy number
  • your odometer reading
  • to pay any defaulted fines, tolls, or fees

Why is it important to renew your licence plate?

The good news is that Ontario drivers will save $120 in renewal fees, and those in northern Ontario will save $60 each year. However, driving with an expired licence plate can be subject to a fine of up to $1000 under the Highway Traffic Act.

Where can you renew your licence plate?

You can renew your licence plate online on the Service Ontario website or in person at a Service Ontario location. Once you renew through either of these methods, you’ll have completed everything you need to do for this year, and your license plate will be renewed. This information is passed to law enforcement databases, letting them know you are current in your obligations.

Remember that when you renew your licence plate, you’ll also be expected to pay any unpaid costs associated with a licence, including fines, penalties, tolls, suspension or moving violations.

How often should you renew your licence plate?

You’ll need to renew your licence plate every one to two years. Typically, the renewal should be done before the owner of the vehicle’s birthday. You can renew your licence plate up to 180 days before it expires. Although, business owners and joint registrants should check your vehicle permit for your expiry date.

Hire an Insurance Broker

To renew your licence plate, you’ll need to have auto insurance. If you’re having a challenging time finding auto insurance and understanding all the factors that can affect your rates, then hiring an insurance broker may be your best option. It can be overwhelming with so many auto insurance options across Ontario. Asking appropriate questions to get the complete picture is important – an insurance broker can help you do this.

An insurance broker is a trusted advisor who can work in your best interests to help find the right auto insurance policy for you. They’ll shop around on your behalf and present you with a variety of options within your budget. The team at Keller & Associates Insurance Brokers has the knowledge and know-how to help you secure the right auto insurance coverage.