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License Plate Transfer Question

I have a quick question regarding transferring license plates. I reside in Ontario btw.

Basically, my mom's car was recently totaled and her new car she will be getting a new plate for it. However, my question is how can we transfer her plate to my dad because my dad wants to use that old plate from my mom on his current car.

Lets make this more simple, my mom's old car had plate "123" and my dad has a current plate of "456", basically because the old car with "123" is gone, we want to transfer the "123" plate from my mom to my dad, so that he can use the "123" plate on his current "456" car.

Please advise. Thanks.
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afretes wrote:
Feb 15th, 2010 7:42 pm
There is a form that allows the transfer of plates between spouses. I've done it many times.
Can this form be found online? or Just at the office locations. I tried finding forms online at the licensing website, but no luck.

And so, once the plate is transfered to my dad, how does he swap the two plates, putting the "123" onto his car and return the "456" plate. Is there another form?

Thanks in advance.
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I'm not sure about finding it online. They have them at the license office.
You'd have to get one and take it home for both your parents to fill it up and sign it, or they can go there together.

If you return your plates to get a refund on the sticker, you'll loose the actual personalized plate. You can simply hang on to it for future use along with the plate portion of the ownership.
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afretes wrote:
Feb 15th, 2010 8:13 pm
I'm not sure about finding it online. They have them at the license office.
You'd have to get one and take it home for both your parents to fill it up and sign it, or they can go there together.

If you return your plates to get a refund on the sticker, you'll loose the actual personalized plate. You can simply hang on to it for future use along with the plate portion of the ownership.
Actually both plates are just normal plates...not personalized..its just the "123" is "better" than "456" haha...
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I am actually planning to do this in the near future (transferring a plate from my parent's name to my name).

There's a form called "Plate Transfer and/or Spouse Declaration" and I got it from the MoT center.

The form number I see on mine is SR-LV-139 08-05

I am guessing you can get this online at www.serviceontario.ca because that site is on the form.
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As it turns out, at least as of March 2011, this form is not formally available anywhere online. I found it annoying to have to stand in line at a busy ServiceOntario office just to get a form, so for the benefit of humanity, I've scanned the form that I've received and am posting a link to it here (RFD allows PDF only up to 20KB, which is way too small, hence the link to a MediaFire share).

http://www.mediafire.com/?mttpdc28xcsnc

The link contains 3 files as follows:
  • English version of "2011" form titled: Spouse Declaration (Safety Standard Certificate Exemption) and/or Plate Transfer Declaration
  • French version of "2011" form titled: Declaration des conjoints (exemption de certificat de securite) ou declaration de transfert des plaques d'immatriculation
  • English version of "2005" form titled: Plate Transfer and/or Spouce Declaration (Spouse to Spouse/Same Sex-Partner/Parent to Child/Child to Parent)
Enjoy transferring to your heart's content :-)
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Anonymouse wrote:
Apr 16th, 2011 11:52 am
Many thanks for this! Forms number 1 and 3 seem to be virtually identical - is it enough to fill out number 1 alone if all I want to do is transfer plates?

Uh, wouldn't it take less energy to pick up the phone and ASK your local MOT outlet, rather than rely on the armchair lawyers here? DUH! :facepalm:
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Anonymouse wrote:
Apr 16th, 2011 11:52 am
Many thanks for this! Forms number 1 and 3 seem to be virtually identical - is it enough to fill out number 1 alone if all I want to do is transfer plates?
The 2011 form is the current one (as of March 2011) and, as far as plate transfers are concerned, only allows inter-spouse transfer. I included the 2005 form because I happened to have one and it was recently also used by a dealer to do the inter-spouse transfer with full success; the nice thing about the 2005 form is that it also supports parent-child transfers. Anyway, if you're doing a spouse transfer, either 2011 or 2005 will work and I have direct recent experience with both working: the 2005 was used in Dec 2010 and 2011 was used in March 2011. You certainly don't need to fill in/submit both forms.
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So, this can only be done between spouse.
Can it be done from dad to a daughter/son?
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professionaldude wrote:
Apr 16th, 2011 9:42 pm
So, this can only be done between spouse.
Can it be done from dad to a daughter/son?
I believe license plates in Ontario can be transferred between spouses and between parents/children (either way). I don't know what the current process is for parent/child. For spouses, however, it's just fill the appropriate section of the 2011 form, sign, and take to Service Ontario office with all the other backup info (like plate permit, etc.)
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LexxM3 wrote:
Apr 17th, 2011 2:13 am
I believe license plates in Ontario can be transferred between spouses and between parents/children (either way). I don't know what the current process is for parent/child. For spouses, however, it's just fill the appropriate section of the 2011 form, sign, and take to Service Ontario office with all the other backup info (like plate permit, etc.)

Sorry for the bump, but I just want to say for any others who might stumble upon this thread that it's okay to use that form for any valid (spouse,child, etc.) plate transfer. I called up service Ontario and through their automated help system [English - 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 1] they automatically faxed me this exact form that LexxM3 uploaded!

Also that automated help system gives all the steps in order to transfer a vehicle ownership too! It's a pretty sweet! :D
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LexxM3 wrote:
Apr 1st, 2011 4:19 pm
As it turns out, at least as of March 2011, this form is not formally available anywhere online. I found it annoying to have to stand in line at a busy ServiceOntario office just to get a form, so for the benefit of humanity, I've scanned the form that I've received and am posting a link to it here (RFD allows PDF only up to 20KB, which is way too small, hence the link to a MediaFire share).

http://www.mediafire.com/?mttpdc28xcsnc

The link contains 3 files as follows:
  • English version of "2011" form titled: Spouse Declaration (Safety Standard Certificate Exemption) and/or Plate Transfer Declaration
  • French version of "2011" form titled: Declaration des conjoints (exemption de certificat de securite) ou declaration de transfert des plaques d'immatriculation
  • English version of "2005" form titled: Plate Transfer and/or Spouce Declaration (Spouse to Spouse/Same Sex-Partner/Parent to Child/Child to Parent)
Enjoy transferring to your heart's content :-)
Old, but I did find the online version of the "2011" thanks to this thread.

http://www.forms.ssb.gov.on.ca/mbs/ssb/ ... V-139E.pdf
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