Manufacturer Licence Plate
The Ministry of Transportation is introducing a new Manufacturer Licence Plate series, effective January 1, 2016.
The Manufacturer Licence Plate will allow motor vehicle and motor vehicle component manufacturers to operate vehicles on Ontario roads for the purposes of testing, demonstration, evaluation and exhibition.
To be authorized to purchase Manufacturer Licence Plates, eligible motor vehicle or motor vehicle component manufacturers are required to complete and submit an application form to the MTO’s Vehicle Programs Office (VPO). The form can be found on the following webpage: Application for the Manufacturer Plate Program.
Once approved, the VPO will issue the applicant a letter to authorize the purchase and use of a Manufacturer Plate.
The Manufacturer Plate is eligible for use on a passenger vehicle, commercial vehicle, bus and a motorcycle.
Effective January 01, 2016, the new Manufacturer Plates will be available for immediate purchase at the designated ServiceOntario centres identified below:
4800 Sheppard Ave. East, Unit 112
509 Bayly Street, East
2150 Steeles Avenue East, Unit 2
1 Gateway Boulevard
1 Wexford Rd, Unit 13
Brampton North East
55 Mountainash Rd, Unit 12
561 Hespeler Rd, Unit 1B
250 The East Mall, Unit 193
2225 Erin Mills Parkway, Unit 24
17480 Yonge Street, Unit C9
105 Cross Avenue, Unit A9
72 Water Street
Port Perry, ON
35 Woodbine Downs Boulevard, Unit 3B
10909 Yonge Street, Unit 4
Richmond Hill, ON
2300 Lawrence Ave. East, Unit 7
6295 Mississauga Rd North, Unit 201
Lower Level, 777 Bay Street
939 Eglinton Ave. East, Suite 102
4580 Highway 7, Unit 1
590 Rossland Rd, East
3555 Don Mills Rd, Unit 10
2437 Dougall Avenue
925 Dundas Street, Unit 3
View a sample of the Dealer plate.
Ontario motor vehicle dealers licensed under the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act are eligible for the Dealer Plate/Permit. The Dealer Plate/Permit 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 only on motor vehicles owned as part of the dealer's inventory of vehicles for sale. It may be used for private use in Ontario or for purposes related to the sale of motor vehicles that are owned as part of the dealer's inventory of vehicles for sale.
For new motor vehicle dealers, when purchasing a new Dealer Plate/Permit, you must provide the respective fee (information about fees can be found at Are driver and vehicle fees going up? and each of the following:
- The original dealer number certificate issued by the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC)
- Your driver's licence or two pieces of identification
If you are an existing motor vehicle dealer and you have a valid Dealer Authorization Letter (DAL) on file at your local ServiceOntario centre, the plate, permit and the respective fee (information about fees can be found at Are driver and vehicle fees going up?) is required to purchase a Dealer Plate/Permit. However, if you do not have a valid letter on file (i.e., it has expired), please follow the requirements of a new motor vehicle dealer.
View a sample of the Service plate.
Service providers, including anyone who repairs, customizes, modifies, manufactures or transports motor vehicles or trailers is eligible for a Service Plate. The service permit and plate must be registered in the legal name of the business or the proprietor.
A new applicant for a Service Plate/Permit must present a letter on company letterhead, outlining the reasons why the plate is required. A trailer dealer must present a Class A garage licence.
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 the vehicle is in the possession of the person to whom the service plate is issued, or
- for the purpose of transporting the vehicle by a person engaged in the business of transporting vehicles, or
- for purposes related to the manufacturing or sale of a trailer, or
- for the purpose of towing the vehicle by a person engaged in the business of transporting vehicles, or
- to tow a vehicle to a location where its load will be removed or to an impound facility.
Private use of motor vehicles or trailers with a service plate is not permitted.
Fees for purchasing Manufacturer, Dealer and Service Licence Plates can be found on ServiceOntario's website Are driver and vehicle fees going up?.