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).
When you need a certificate:
You need a safety standard inspection and certificate if you are:
- registering a rebuilt vehicle
- transferring a used vehicle to a new owner (unless the new owner is your spouse)
- registering a vehicle in Ontario that was bought in or came from another province, territory or country
- changing the status of a vehicle from unfit to fit
Who is exempt:
You do not need a safety standards inspection and certificate if you are:
- registering a used motorized snow vehicle, off-road vehicle, motor-assisted bicycle (e.g. moped), or trailer
- transferring the vehicle to your spouse
If you have questions or need more information on exemptions, please call Service Ontario’s Driver and Vehicle Contact Centre at:
- Toll-free: 1-800-387-3445