Motor Vehicle Inspections
Motor Vehicle Inspections are required to ensure that all motor vehicles meet required safety standards.
Effective January 1, 2020:
• personal passenger vehicles that pass inspection will only require re-inspection every two years;
• the required two-year inspection interval will apply to personal passenger vehicles, family motor coaches, antique vehicles, light commercial vehicles and farm trucks with a unladen curb mass of 3,000 kilograms or less;
• the cost of inspecting a vehicle will go from $35 to $45;
• new two-year inspection stickers will be issued to vehicles passing inspection;
• dealers selling a new vehicle with an unladen curb mass of 3,000 kilograms or less will issue an initial inspection that will be valid for three years;
• inspection stickers for taxis will be valid for one year;
• homemade trailers with a registered mass of 1,499 kilograms or less will require one-time inspection;
• manufactured trailers with a registered mass of 1,499 kilograms or less will be exempt from inspection;
• all other trailers will continue to require annual inspection.
Click on Fees to view the frequency of inspections for vehicles.
Regular inspections encourage vehicle safety by checking key equipment such as brakes and steering, so that critical maintenance issues may be addressed.
Listed below are the parts of a vehicle that should be inspected by the mechanic during an inspection on a passenger vehicle:
• The body, and seat belt assemblies
• The windshield and windows
• The horn
• The windshield wipers
• The rear-view mirror
• The lighting systems
• The exhaust system
• The brake system
• The steering system
• The suspension system
• The wheels and tires
• The coupling system
Listed below are the areas of a vehicle that are inspected by a mechanic during an inspection on a bus, truck and/or tractor-trailer vehicles:
• Power train
• Hydraulic brakes
• Air brakes
• Instruments and auxiliary equipment (i.e. windshield wipers)
• Electric system
• Tire and wheels
• Couplers and hitches
Displaying a fraudulent or stolen inspection sticker is a violation of the Motor Vehicle Act, Section 250(4). An individual doing so would be subject to a fine of $292, and depending on the circumstances, police may lay additional charges under the Criminal Code of Canada related to theft or fraud, which would result in more serious penalties.
The rejection sticker issued by garages extends the period of inspection to 14 days, but does not exempt the owner of the vehicle from equipment violations, such as faulty lights, during that period. The intent is to provide time to make repairs and have the vehicle re-inspected (at no extra cost).
The rejection sticker does not indicate the vehicle is safe, and does not exempt a driver from penalties if the vehicle is in a state of disrepair that jeopardizes safety.
Changes To Fees
This document provides the rationale supporting changes to fees, associated revenue information, and the legal authority:
Unless otherwise specified, Fees exclude the harmonized sales tax (HST).
|Fee Description||Rate in $||Effective Date|
Inspection of passenger vehicle, station wagon, family motor coach and antique vehicle
New vehicle - first inspection valid three years
Used vehicle - every two years
|Taxi (valid for one year)||35.00||2020-01-01|
|Light commercial trucks and farm trucks with unladen curb mass
of 3000 kg or
New Vehicle - first inspection valid three years
Used Vehicle - every two years
|Heavy commercial and farm trucks - 3001 kg to 3499 kg unladen curb mass (annual inspection)||40.00||2015-09-01|
|Heavy commercial trucks with unladen curb mass of 3500 kg or more (annual inspection)||(max.) 140.00||2015-09-01|
|Farm trucks with 3500 kg unladen curb mass or more (annual inspection)||65.00||2015-09-01|
|Buses and school buses, including conveyances contracted to transport children to and from school, with an unladen curb mass of 3499 kg or less (semi-annual inspection)||40.00||2015-09-01|
|Buses and school buses, including conveyances contracted to transport children to and from school, with an unladen curb mass of 3500 kg or more (semi-annual inspection)||65.00||2015-09-01|
|Homemade trailers with assigned mass of less than 1499 kg (one- time inspection)||25.00||2020-01-01|
|Trailers, semi-trailers or pole trailers with an assigned or configured gross vehicle mass of 1500 kg or more (annual inspection)||40.00||2015-09-01|
|Replacement of Inspection Sticker||11.00||2015-09-01|
|Certificate of Rejection||0.00||1998-01-01|