What is the new ontario license plate stickers requirements being removed all about?
The Ontario government had announced effective 13th March, 2022, for owners of passenger vehicles, light duty trucks, motorcycles, and mopeds, they will be not be required to have their license plate sticker affixed on the rear license plate panel top right corner anymore.
However, caution should be noted that all vehicles license plates will "Still" have to renewed prior to its expiry date for another 1 or 2 years. The only difference this time, is that renewal of license plate is "Free" of cost and can be conveniently done online through ServiceOntario Website or In-person visit at their local ServiceOntario centres. Whereas previously this same license plate renewal would have cost about $120 per year for owners of vehicles (Southern Ontario).
Many people wrongly assumed that since there is no need to affix any license plate sticker to the rear license plate anymore, there won't have to worry about license renewal anymore forever. License plate will still "Continue" to be required to be renewed for a period of 1 or 2 years for all vehicle owners but now without any charge or cost at all.
The reason why license plate renewal is still required although it is free of cost now, is that the ServiceOntario wants to confirm the validity of auto insurance of the vehicles owners, any outstanding highway tolls have been paid or not, any municipality fines have been paid or not.
Before renewing your license plate, it is very important for you that the above mentioned tolls and fines have been paid up to date, auto insurance is valid, your most recent address change have been updated.
In case if you need to change and update your current address, you can do so at Ontario.ca/addresschange or call ServiceOntario dedicated line @ 18883330049 .
For those people who have already paid for 2 years license plate stickers, before this new policy changes took place on 13th March 2022, the Ontario Government will refund by cheque in the mail, for the remaining unused portion period of the license plate stickers validity to vehicles owner.
Remember to keep a record of the date you renewed your license plate, and for whether 1 year or 2 year option you chose. One easy way to remember this, is to remember your birthday "Day" and "Month".
Example:- If your birthday Day, Month is 13th March and you renewed your license plate on 13th March 2022 (If you chose One years option), then the next renewal date will fall on the 13th March 2023. (If you chose Two years option), then the next renewal date will fall on the 13th March 2024.
Upon successful license plate renewal done online, you won't receive any new Plate Stickers in the mail like you used to receive in the past. Instead you will receive an email "Receipt" of your transaction and acknowledgement of your license plate renewal completed on such time and date.
Keep this email as record, because you will need it to remember the date, to renew your license plate, 1 or 2 years later depending on the choice you made. It is always better to choose 2 years renewal option, so you don't have to worry about renewal every year.