Your green licence plate is a sign of your commitment to a cleaner Ontario. Vehicles with green licence 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 plates, even if there is only one individual in the car.
Learn more about Ontario's HOV lanes.
Learn more about Ontario's HOT lanes.
Vehicles Eligible for Green Licence Plates
Individuals, businesses and fleets are all eligible for green licence plates. Green licence plates are optional and cost the same as regular blue licence plates. The following vehicles are eligible for green licence plates:
- Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and battery electric vehicles (BEV) eligible for the Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (EVIP);
- Used 2010 or later model year PHEVs and BEVs; and
- PHEVs, BEVs and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (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 licence plates:
- Commercial vehicles weighing 3,000 kg or more
- Low-speed vehicles
- Off-road vehicles
- Conventional hybrid electric vehicle (HEVs); and
- Vehicles that have been converted to plug-in capability.
List of Eligible Vehicles that are Eligible for Green Licence Plates
Please visit the Green Plate Eligible Vehicle List for a full list of eligible vehicles.
Get Green Licence Plates
You can get green licence plates through the normal vehicle plating process at any ServiceOntario centre.
There are no extra fees for green licence 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 licence plates are not available.
To learn more contact ServiceOntario at 1-800-387-3445 or 416-235-2999.