Ontario's Green Vehicle Licence Plate Program

special green licence plate for eligible vehiclesYour Green Vehicle licence plate is a sign of your commitment to a cleaner Ontario. Vehicles with these plates have ongoing access to High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes and no-cost access to High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes on 400-series highways and the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW), even if there is only one person in the car. HOV lanes are otherwise reserved for vehicles carrying two or more people. HOT lanes are otherwise reserved for single-occupant vehicles with a permit or vehicles carrying two or more people.

Accessing HOV and HOT lanes

Signs are posted at entry and exit points on the highway where drivers can choose to move in or out of HOV and HOT lanes. There are also signs that show access is permitted for drivers with Green Vehicle plates, even if there is only one individual in the car.


sign showing HOV access lane permitted for driver with green plates sign showing HOV access permitted for driver with green plates

Learn more about Ontario's HOV lanes.

Learn more about Ontario's HOT lanes.

Vehicles Eligible for Green Vehicle Licence Plates

Individuals, businesses and fleets are all eligible for Green Vehicle licence plates. The plates are optional and cost the same as regular blue licence plates. The following vehicles are eligible for Green Vehicle licence plates:

  • Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), battery electric vehicles (BEV) and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (HFCVs) eligible for the Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program (EHVIP);
  • Used 2010 or later model year PHEVs and BEVs; and
  • PHEVs, BEVs and HFCVs currently operating in Ontario in limited numbers as part of a pilot study or test program.

The following vehicles are not eligible for Green Vehicle licence plates:

  • Commercial vehicles weighing 3,000 kg or more
  • Low-speed vehicles
  • E-bikes
  • Motorcycles
  • Off-road vehicles
  • Conventional hybrid electric vehicle (HEVs); and
  • Vehicles that have been converted to plug-in capability.

List of Vehicles that are Eligible for Green Vehicle Licence Plates

Please visit the Green Vehicle License Plate Eligible Vehicle List for a full list of eligible vehicles.

Get Green Vehicle Licence Plates

You can get Green Vehicle licence plates through the normal vehicle plating process at any ServiceOntario centre.

There are no extra fees, however as with the purchase of any new licence plates, the regular vehicle permit and number plate fee applies.

Please note online orders and personalized Green Vehicle licence plates are not available.

To learn more contact ServiceOntario at 1-800-387-3445 or 416-235-2999.

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