Commercial Vehicle Operators’ Safety Manual


Vehicle Licence Plates



Farm Plates

Farm plates have reduced fees and are subject to certain restrictions.


Use of farm plates

Farm-plated trucks and towed trailers may be used for the transportation of farm products, commodities, supplies, equipment, and building and maintenance items owned by the farmer. Items include the trucking of gravel, rocks, sand and lumber to a farm for use on the farm.

A farmer may only charge a fee to another farmer for trucking these items during the months of September, October and November.

Farm products do not include products preserved by freezing, pickling, cooking, smoking or curing, other than cured tobacco leaves.

Farm-plated trucks and towed trailers may also be used for the farmer's personal transportation – including the movement of personal effects such as household and hobby effects, as well as recreational and pleasure use.


Prohibited use of farm plates

Vehicles transporting logs, pulpwood or rocks from a forest, quarry or mine cannot use farm plates.

Farm plates and logs/lumber

The cutting of trees for purposes of production of paper by pulp mills, or for purposes of processing these logs for lumber, is a forestry operation.  If it is demonstrated that the transportation of these items is to supply the farm, then farm plates may be used.

Farm plates and rocks/sand/gravel

The removal of rocks or stone is a mining or quarry operation and not related to the tilling or production of an agricultural product by a farmer.  If it is demonstrated that the transportation of these items is to supply the farm, (for example, laneways, building construction, soil erosion), then farm plates may be used.


Dealer Plate and Service Plate


Dealer Plate/Permit

Dealer Plate Sample

Ontario motor-vehicle dealers licensed under the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act are eligible for the dealer plate/permit. This is a single portable plate with the word "DEALER" on the left side and red alpha-numeric characters on a white background.

It is for exclusive use by motor-vehicle dealers, and only on those owned as part of the dealer's inventory of vehicles for sale. It may be used privately in Ontario, or for purposes related to the sale of motor vehicles owned as part of the dealer's inventory of those for sale. Commercial motor vehicles operating under the authority of a dealer plate must not be laden (with a load).


Service Plate/Permit

Service Plate Sample

Service providers, including anyone who repairs, customizes, modifies, manufactures or transports motor vehicles or trailers, will use the service plate/permit. This will indicate the service class of "SPR."

A service plate may be used:

  • On a trailer or motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle or motor-assisted bicycle, for purposes related to the repair, road testing, customization or modification of the vehicle, if it is in the possession of the person to whom the service plate is issued
  • For the purpose of transporting the vehicle by a person engaged in that business
  • For the purpose of towing the vehicle by a person engaged in the business of transporting vehicles
  • For purposes related to the manufacturing or sale of a trailer
  • For the purpose of towing a vehicle to a location where its load will be removed or to an impound facility

Commercial motor vehicles and trailers operating under the authority of a service plate must not be laden, unless the vehicle is being towed to an impound facility.

Private use of motor vehicles or trailers with a service plate is not permitted.

If the commercial motor vehicle is being operated in other jurisdictions, refer to the information in the Module 2 "Getting Started” to determine if the vehicle is required to have an International Registration Plan (IRP) Cab Card.

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