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Commercial vehicle operator's registration (CVOR)

Commercial vehicle operators in Ontario must have a valid Commercial Vehicle Operator's Registration (CVOR) certificate. Find out whether you need a CVOR and how the program works.

Get or renew a CVOR certificate

Find out how to apply for or renew a CVOR certificate.

Commercial vehicle safety requirements

Learn about the safety requirements for commercial motor vehicles operating in Ontario.

Commercial vehicle operators safety manual

The Carrier Safety and Enforcement Branch of the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario has prepared this guide to assist and ensure that truck and bus companies (commercial-vehicle operators) operate safely and are compliant with the regulations that govern highway use.

Commercial vehicles - frequently asked questions

FAQs about rules and requirements for commercial vehicles in Ontario.

Load restrictions

Under the Highway Traffic Act, the province enforces reduced load restrictions on trucks to protect Ontario's highways during spring thaw, when road damage is most likely to occur.

Motor vehicle inspection stations

The Motor Vehicle Inspection Station (MVIS) program governs safety standards certificates, structural inspection certificates and annual and semi-annual inspection certificates and stickers.

Oversize/overweight permits

Carriers must apply for permits to operate or transport oversized or overweight vehicles and loads. Learn about the different kinds of oversize/overweight permits and how to apply.

A guide to oversize/overweight vehicles and loads in Ontario

An overweight permit is required when the dimensions or weight of a vehicle(s) exceeds the normal limits permitted by legislation.

International Registration Plan

The International Registration Plan (IRP) is a US-based plan that allows for the distribution of registration fees for commercial vehicles travelling inter-jurisdictionally through member states and provinces.

Medical standards for class G drivers driving for commercial purposes in the US

Starting April 1st, 2016, Canadian drivers with G licenses must meet new medical standards to operate commercial vehicles in the United States.

Vehicle Validation Fee

Commercial, farm, bus and school bus vehicle classes are subject to fees based on their gross weight (kg). Determine your registration fees by accessing the following fee calculator and schedules for commercial, farm, bus and school bus owners.

Long Combination Vehicle (LCV) Program

The LCV program allows a limited number of commercial drivers to pull two full-sized semi-trailers on designated Ontario highways. Learn more about Ontario's Long Combination Vehicle Program and the rules that carriers and drivers must follow to operate LCVs in Ontario.

Freight-Supportive Guidelines

Ontario’s Freight-Supportive Guidelines help municipalities better understand and plan for the vehicles that transport goods through their communities. In addition, they provide direction on how to best plan the available land, design sites and manage municipal transportation networks, to keep communities financially stable and competitive.

Recent Regulation Changes

Changes to regulations on vehicle weights and dimensions: Safe, Productive and Infrastructure-Friendly (SPIF) vehicles

Recent amendments to Regulation 413/05 Vehicle Weights and Dimensions – For Safe, Productive and Infrastructure-Friendly (SPIF) Vehicles

Status of 6x2 drivetrains in Ontario legislation

SPIF compliant tractor semitrailers and double-trailer combinations (compliant) are afforded allowable weights as set-out in the corresponding SPIF Schedules within Reg. 413/05, if Qualifying Pre-Conditions and Dimensional Criteria are met.

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