YOM plates are licence plates that can be attached to a vehicle (passenger vehicle, motorcycle or commercial vehicle under 3,000 kg.) that was manufactured in the same year as the plates. For example, an original plate issued in 1959 may be attached to a vehicle manufactured in 1959.
The last year in which Ontario licence plates were manufactured showing the year was 1973. Subsequently, the ministry introduced perennial plates, along with an annual colour-coded validation plate sticker that expire on the owner's birthday.
Under the YOM plates program, the following conditions have to be satisfied:
Before you decide to purchase a set of YOM plates, or send the plates to the ministry for authentication, you may wish to call ServiceOntario’s Driver and Vehicle Contact Centre at 416-235-2999 or toll free at 1-800-387-3445 (Canada wide) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays, to determine the availability of the plate's alphanumeric combination. It is possible that the alphanumeric combination is already registered on the ministry's vehicle registration system and, as a result, your application will be denied.Send plates, vehicle registration permit, and your payment for the YOM application fee of $251.65 * (includes GST) to:
Ministry of Government Services – ServiceOntario
Kingston Production & Verification Services
P.O. Box 9700
Kingston, Ontario K7L 5N2
* Note: The fee should be in the form of a cheque, money order payable to the "Minister of Finance" or credit card (a credit card number and expiry date must be provided).
A response can be expected within 2-4 weeks. It is recommended that you send the plates and vehicle registration via courier or registered mail. The ministry is not responsible for plates lost or damaged in the mail.