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Safety Standards Certificate

A safety standards certificate shows that your vehicle meets the minimum safety standards. You can't put a licence plate on a vehicle without one.


A safety standards certificate confirms that your vehicle met the minimum safety standards on the date the certificate was issued. It is not a warranty or guarantee of the vehicle’s condition.

You can buy and register a vehicle without a safety standards certificate, but cannot put plates on a vehicle without one.

To get a certificate, your vehicle must first pass an inspection at an inspection station, licensed by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO).

Where to get a certificate

Any inspection station in Ontario, licensed by MTO, can give you a certificate once your vehicle passes an inspection.


Most licensed inspection stations have a sign that says Motor Vehicle Inspection Station.

When you need a certificate

You need a safety standard inspection and certificate if you are:

  1. Transferring a used vehicle to a new owner (unless the new owner is your spouse)

  2. Registering a vehicle in Ontario that was bought in or came from another province, territory or country

  3. Changing the status of a vehicle from unfit to fit

  4. If you are using the car for the RideSharing Services (Uber, Lift, SkipTheDishes, ... etc)

Who is exempt

You do not need a safety standards inspection and certificate if you are:

  1. Registering a used motorized snow vehicle, off-road vehicle, motor-assisted bicycle (e.g. moped), or trailer

  2. Transferring the vehicle to your spouse

Inspection criteria

When you take your vehicle to a licensed Motor Vehicle Inspection Station, they must use government-regulated inspection criteria to determine if your vehicle meets the minimum standards to pass inspection.

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