Safety Inspections

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:

  1. registering a rebuilt vehicle
  2. transferring a used vehicle to a new owner (unless the new owner is your spouse)
  3. registering a vehicle in Ontario that was bought in or came from another province, territory or country
  4. 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:

  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

If you have questions or need more information on exemptions, please call Service Ontario’s Driver and Vehicle Contact Centre at:

  • 416-235-2999
  • Toll-free: 1-800-387-3445