If you are selling a used vehicle privately in Ontario, you must buy a Used Vehicle Information Package. This applies to the private sale of any car, van, light truck, motor home, moped, limited-speed motorcycle or motorcycle. The package is available from any ServiceOntario office or online at www.serviceontario.ca.
The package, which the seller must show to potential buyers, a description of the vehicle, its registration and lien history in Ontario and the average wholesale and retail values for its model and year. It also includes information about retail sales tax.
As well as giving the buyer the Used Vehicle Information Package, sellers must remove their licence plates, sign the vehicle transfer portion of their vehicle permit and give it to the buyer. Sellers must keep the plate portion of the permit.
The buyer must take the package and the vehicle portion of the permit to a Driver and Vehicle Licence Issuing Office to register as the new owner within six days of the sale.
Before buyers can put their own plates on their new vehicle, they must have:
- Their licence plates validated
- The vehicle portion of the permit issued for the vehicle
- Their own licence plate number recorded on the plate portion of the vehicle permit
- A valid Safety Standards Certificate
- The minimum insurance required under the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act
- Proof of passing a Drive Clean vehicle emissions test may be required as used vehicles usually need a Drive Clean pass to register licence plates under the new owner. However, exemptions apply. Visit the Drive Clean website at www.driveclean.com to see if your vehicle needs a test or to view the Drive Clean emissions test history of a vehicle.