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Safety Standards Certificate

A safety standards certificate is a document that certifies a vehicle’s fitness. You can buy and register a vehicle without a safety certificate, but you cannot put your own plates on the vehicle or drive it without one.

An inspection station licensed by the Ministry of Transportation to inspect motorcycles can issue a safety standards certificate, provided your vehicle passes an inspection. Many garages are licensed — look for a sign saying it is a motor vehicle inspection station.

A safety standards certificate is valid for 36 days after the inspection However, the certificate is not a guarantee or warranty. Mopeds are exempt from the certificate requirement.