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License plate sticker validity on a brand new car

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License plate sticker validity on a brand new car

Hi all,

Tried to search for an answer but couldn't find one. Purchased a brand new car in August in Ontario. The sticker on license plate says "21 March", meaning it expires in 7 months from now. Is it normal or something's not right? Picked up the car this week, everything's is brand new as expected. Shouldn't the sticker be valid for full 12 months though? A dumb question I know but this is my first car in Canada. Just wondering if this is normal before I contact the dealer for explanation. Many thanks.
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Mar 7, 2006
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The sticker expires on the birth date of the registered owner. It would seem that your birth month is March.
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Sticker is valid till the end of Birth month of the registered owner. Is your birthday in March? Nothing to do with new or old car.

Edit: expiry is 11.59pm on the birth date.
Last edited by dealerguy on Aug 20th, 2020 10:36 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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dealerguy wrote: Sticker is valid till the end of Birth month of the registered owner. Is your birthday in March? Nothing to do with new or old car.
dswchow wrote: The sticker expires on the birth date of the registered owner. It would seem that your birth month is March.
Yes, birthday in March. This makes sense now. Thank you both!
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dealerguy wrote: Sticker is valid till the end of Birth month of the registered owner. Is your birthday in March? Nothing to do with new or old car.
In Ontario the sticker expires at midnight on the registered owner's birthday.
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dswchow wrote: In Ontario the sticker expires at midnight on the registered owner's birthday.
You are correct.
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Hercaz wrote: Hi all,

Tried to search for an answer but couldn't find one. Purchased a brand new car in August in Ontario. The sticker on license plate says "21 March", meaning it expires in 7 months from now. Is it normal or something's not right? Picked up the car this week, everything's is brand new as expected. Shouldn't the sticker be valid for full 12 months though? A dumb question I know but this is my first car in Canada. Just wondering if this is normal before I contact the dealer for explanation. Many thanks.
It’s normal. If your new sticker is less than 4 months till your birthday, then they will renew it for the year after.
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Hercaz wrote: Hi all,

Tried to search for an answer but couldn't find one. Purchased a brand new car in August in Ontario. The sticker on license plate says "21 March", meaning it expires in 7 months from now. Is it normal or something's not right? Picked up the car this week, everything's is brand new as expected. Shouldn't the sticker be valid for full 12 months though? A dumb question I know but this is my first car in Canada. Just wondering if this is normal before I contact the dealer for explanation. Many thanks.
It’s normal. If your new sticker is less than 4 months till your birthday, then they will renew it for the year after. Otherwise it will expires on your next birthday.
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Hercaz wrote: Hi all,

Tried to search for an answer but couldn't find one. Purchased a brand new car in August in Ontario. The sticker on license plate says "21 March", meaning it expires in 7 months from now. Is it normal or something's not right? Picked up the car this week, everything's is brand new as expected. Shouldn't the sticker be valid for full 12 months though? A dumb question I know but this is my first car in Canada. Just wondering if this is normal before I contact the dealer for explanation. Many thanks.
Totally normal as noted by others. I would have sprung for the sticker for another year though, so it would have been valid to March 2022. Only because I really believe prices will go up later this year or early next year. The province is going to be scrambling for each and every dollar they can get from taxes and fees of all kinds.... I hope I am wrong but I can't see how we dig out of this hole covid is causing without all of us paying a lot more.
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Inclemental wrote: It’s normal. If your new sticker is less than 4 months till your birthday, then they will renew it for the year after. Otherwise it will expires on your next birthday.
YMMV. Just got a car with new plates from the dealer and the sticker expires in less than 3 months.
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In Canada, we spell the noun licence differently than in the U.S. (Except on RFD where American spellings are common.)

The verb is different. Licensing. Or you license someone.

Just like to maintain those things that distinguish us from our southern neighbours. Apart from gun laws.

Congratulations on the new car! If you ever move to another province, you may find that they don't use birthday as the renewal trigger - straight 12 months or whatever shorter period you choose.
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macnut wrote: If you ever move to another province, you may find that they don't use birthday as the renewal trigger - straight 12 months or whatever shorter period you choose.
In terms of the plate, Manitoba doesn't even use stickers anymore. They give out plain white stickers to cover the date, new plates don't require stickers. My birthday is in October, but licence/insurance renewal are on the same day 4 months later in February.
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rugerty100 wrote: YMMV. Just got a car with new plates from the dealer and the sticker expires in less than 3 months.
Are you still within 30 days? You should be able to get it exchange with MTO giving that you paid full price for your sticker.
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I see Ontario doesn't give a shit about privacy. Sticker is related to owner birthdate. Driver licence includes the DOB in it's number. Way to go Ontario, make that fraud easier. Glad I don't live there
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Inclemental wrote: Are you still within 30 days? You should be able to get it exchange with MTO giving that you paid full price for your sticker.
Nah, the fee seemed to have been prorated. It's fine, just a little bit of a hassle having to renew so soon. Paid a little under a hundred bucks for permit, plates, and sticker.

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