Green licence plates

Learn about the benefits of Ontario's green licence plates and find out how to get them.

special green licence plate for eligible vehiclesYour green licence plate is a sign of your commitment to a cleaner Ontario. Starting July 1, 2016, eligible vehicles with green plates will have permanent access to High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) 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.

Accessing HOV lanes

Signs are posted at entry and exit points on the highway where drivers can choose to move in or out of HOV lanes. There are also signs that show access is permitted for drivers with green 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.

Eligible electric vehicles

The following vehicles are eligible for green licence plates:

  • Any ministry-recognized plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and full battery electric vehicle (BEV), including vehicles eligible for the Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (EVIP)
  • used 2010 or later model year PHEVs and BEVs
  • PHEVs, BEVs and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (HFCVs) currently operating in Ontario in limited numbers as part of a pilot study or test program

All types - individuals, companies, joint and fleet - are eligible for green plates which are optional at no additional cost.

The following vehicles are not eligible for green plates:

  • commercial vehicles weighing 3,000 kg or more
  • low-speed vehicles
  • e-bikes
  • motorcycles
  • off-road vehicles
  • current market hybrids and EV conversions

Get green licence plates

You can get green plates through the normal vehicle plating process at any ServiceOntario centre.

There are no extra fees for green plates. 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 plates are not available.


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