Replacing Plates, Permit, or Validation Sticker


Replacing Regular Plates

If your plates have been lost, stolen or damaged, bring the following into a Driver and Vehicle Licence Issuing Office:

  • Replacement Declaration filled out by the owner and the police or telephone reporting - the name of the officer who took the report and the occurrence number are required (not required if both plates are being returned). Replacement Declaration forms are available at any Driver and Vehicle Licence Issuing Office or local police department;
  • the remaining plate if you have it;
  • name of your insurance company and policy number;
  • the vehicle permit (plate and vehicle portions);
  • Application for Registration completed and signed (blank form available at the Issuing Office).

Replacing Personalized Plates

Please follow the instructions for REGULAR PLATES above. A set of regular plates is issued at no charge for you to use on your vehicle until your personalized plates are manufactured and received. You must wait six months before the stolen personalized plates can be replaced.

When the personalized plates arrive, bring the following into a Driver and Vehicle Licence Issuing Office:

  • the interim plates;
  • the letter received with the replacement personalized plates;
  • the plate portion of the permit for the interim plates;
  • vehicle portion of the permit;
  • name of your insurance company and policy number;
  • Application for Registration completed and signed (blank form available at the Issuing Office).

Replacing your Validation Sticker

The ministry will replace validation stickers that have been lost, stolen, damaged or removed by enforcement staff. You may require a Safety Standards Certificate or mechanic's signature on the inspection form if the sticker was removed by enforcement staff. Visit a Driver and Vehicle Licence Issuing Office to complete an Application for Registration. Bring the damaged sticker (if applicable), vehicle permit, name of insurance company and policy number, and reason for requesting a replacement.

Replacing your Vehicle Permit

A vehicle permit can be replaced/re-issued in the name of the current owner recorded on the Vehicle Registration System. If plates are attached to the vehicle, the permit issued will contain both the plate and vehicle portions. For an unplated vehicle, you will also receive a permit with both portions but the plate portion will not have any information about the plate/plate owner.

To replace a permit for a vehicle registered to you, visit a Driver and Vehicle Licence Issuing Office and complete an Application for Registration. Please bring proof of personal identification.

For information on replacing a permit for a vehicle not registered in your name, or you are the vehicle owner, but are outside Ontario please call the ServiceOntario's Driver and Vehicle Contact Centre at 416-235-2999 or toll free at 1-800-387-3445 (Canada wide).

Fee Table

Replacing Plates, Permits or Validation Stickers Cost
Regular Licence Plate Replacement $25.00*
Graphic Plate Replacement $53.90*
Personalized Plate Replacement $99.10*
Personalized Graphic Plate Replacement $99.10*
Replacing your Validation Sticker $7.00
Replacing your Vehicle Permit $10.00*

* plus any outstanding amounts registered against the plate owner.

Effective January 1, 2005, all personal cheques must be certified unless payment is sent by mail.

Customer Service Options

Below are the Ministry of Transportation service channels where you can purchase/order this service. Click on the underlined titles below for an address/location.

  DriveTest Centre Licence Issuing Office Mail Phone Order Online
Replacing vehicle plates Yes
Replacing personalized vehicle plates Yes
Replacing a validation sticker Yes  
Replacing a vehicle permit Yes



See also: Renewing Vehicle Plates