Payment plan for heavy commercial vehicle licence plate stickers

How to access the payment plan for heavy commercial vehicle licence plate stickers

Ontario is reinstating the renewal requirements for driver, vehicle and carrier products that were temporarily put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Heavy commercial vehicle owners with licence plate stickers that expired on or after March 1, 2020, and have not renewed, will now be required to renew and will be required to pay a portion of the renewal fee either as a one-time payment or via a payment plan.

More information on the payment plan and how to apply for an exemption will be available in early 2022. The Ministry of Transportation will contact affected owners directly.


Heavy Commercial Vehicles – International Registration Plan (IRP)

How to renew:

IRP carriers with licence plate stickers that expired after March 1, 2020, and have not renewed, must renew by December 31, 2021, to ensure their plates remain valid. Fees will be charged from the last expiry date for all jurisdictions.

Before you renew, remember to:

  • make sure your mandatory vehicle insurance coverage is in place a minimum of 72 hours before renewing
  • complete a vehicle emissions test, if required

Please contact your local International Registration Plan office to make arrangements for renewing.

How to access the payment plan:

You may choose to pay the Ontario portion of the IRP fees owing for the extension period (March 1, 2020, to December 31, 2021) through an up to 24-month. If you choose the payment plan

  • you must submit the renewal application by email, fax, courier or mail to an IRP office
  • you must complete the intake and declaration form (provided with your renewal letter) and submit along with your fleet renewal, so that the Ontario portion of the fees can be adjusted.

If you choose to pay the Ontario portion of the IRP fees through the payment plan, more information on how to pay the deferred IRP renewal fees will be available by in early 2022.

If you did not operate your vehicle(s) after your expiry date and during the extension period, you may apply for an exemption. Non-operating vehicles will be removed from the renewal. You will need to complete a declaration and advise the IRP clerk at the time of renewal, so fees can be adjusted. You will be required to supply supporting documentation and may be subject to an audit of your facilities at the ministry’s discretion.

Heavy Commercial Vehicles Operating in Ontario Only (non-IRP)

How to renew:

Heavy commercial licence plate stickers that expired March 1, 2020, to December 31, 2021, and have not been renewed, must be renewed by December 31, 2021, to ensure plates remain valid.

Vehicle owners must renew their licence plate sticker by visiting a ServiceOntario centre. Before you renew, remember to:

  • make sure your mandatory vehicle coverage is in place a minimum of 72 hours before renewing
  • bring proof of your valid vehicle insurance with you when renewing
  • check the hours and locations of the ServiceOntario centre
  • complete a vehicle emissions test if required

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, ServiceOntario has introduced online appointment booking at many of its busiest locations to ensure people aren’t waiting unnecessarily in lines, and implemented health and safety protocols at all ServiceOntario centres, including requirements to physically distance and wear a mask in centres.  

How to access the payment plan:

If your licence plate sticker for a heavy commercial vehicle expired at any point during the extension period from March 1, 2020, to December 31, 2021, you may be contacted by the ministry to pay the renewal fees owed beginning in early 2022. We are providing up to 24 months to pay the fee.

  • this part of the renewal fee will not be payable at ServiceOntario
  • if you did not operate your vehicle(s) for one or more months during the extension period, you may apply for an exemption
  • More information on the payment plan will be provided in early 2022

To estimate renewal fees, vehicle owners may refer to the Vehicle Validation Fee calculator and fee schedules at: Commercial Vehicle Validation Fee Calculator (gov.on.ca)

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