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. Until June 30, 2016, electric vehicles with green plates will be granted access to HOV lanes on 400-series highways and the 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

Only plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and full battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are eligible for the green licence plate.

The following vehicles are eligible for green licence plates:

  • all vehicles eligible for a rebate from the Electric Vehicle Incentive Program
  • used 2010 or later model year PHEVs and BEVs
  • EVs 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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Green Licence Plates Issued - 3,796

As of June 1, 2015

Resources

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