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Ontario MTO plate sticker expired for several years

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Ontario MTO plate sticker expired for several years

Hello,

question regarding Ontario MTO plate stickers. My daily commuter car is a a 2007 Civic and our family car is a 2010 CRV

In 2015 I was given a company car (for daily commuting and other work related driving). I knew this was not a permanent thing so instead of selling my 2007 Civic, I decided to park it (occasionally turning the engine on to keep things running). Since I was not driving the car, I cancelled insurance and did not not pay for the plate stickers. I used our CRV for personal driving.

I just got notice my company car will be taken away at the end of this year. So I need to get my 2007 Civic in running condition. I asked around and did some research but not getting much info on the exact process to do this. If someone can shed some light on this, it would be greatly appreciated.

My plate stickers expired in Mar 2015. When I go to get the new stickers will I be asked to backpay the missed years?

Also in order to get the new sticker, I'm sure I need to emissions for the car, do I need to do safety as well?

thanks much,
klad007
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No safety is required, safety is usually only required when vehicles switch owners, you'll probably need emissions done, and the plate sticker is only needed for the time the plate is being used so no back-pay is required as the vehicle was not being used.
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valid insurance needed as well
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Put insurance on car
Go-to Service Ontario with you old registration + ins
Buy a 10day temp sticker for your old plate
Go-to shop and get emissions
Go back to Service Ontario and buy regular plate sticker
Done
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Awesome guys thanks for the quick reply.
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and really appreciate the step by step - I was actually considering to get the car towed as I did not was to drive with an expired sticker, did not even think about the temp stickers. Thanks very much for this tip.
l69norm wrote:
Aug 17th, 2017 11:07 am
Put insurance on car
Go-to Service Ontario with you old registration + ins
Buy a 10day temp sticker for your old plate
Go-to shop and get emissions
Go back to Service Ontario and buy regular plate sticker
Done
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I sold a car and didn't surrender my plates. When I got a new car and wanted to use existing plates, I had to back pay the registration to use the existing plates or get a new plate.

Not sure if it will be the same case but you can always give Service Ontario a call, Mon-Fri 8:30-5 at 416-326-1234 or Toll-free: 1-800-267-8097.
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hybrid09 wrote:
Aug 17th, 2017 11:23 am
I sold a car and didn't surrender my plates. When I got a new car and wanted to use existing plates, I had to back pay the registration to use the existing plates or get a new plate.

Not sure if it will be the same case but you can always give Service Ontario a call, Mon-Fri 8:30-5 at 416-326-1234 or Toll-free: 1-800-267-8097.
+1. If you want to use the old plate you have to pay back the arrears, unless it is a vanity plate AND you had informed MTO that the plate was detached when it expired. Otherwise MTO assume the car is still plated and you are responsible for the registration fee.

Simply letting the registration to expire is not the same as detaching the plate in the MTO system.
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Hmmm if they ask me to back pay the 2 or 3 years of missed payments for the plate stickers ($200-$300), will I have the option to request new plates and pay going forward ($20 for new plates) ?
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MTO office is not too far from my house, I think I'll just drop in and ask in person

I'll post what the outcome is so others can benefit
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You don't have to back pay.
On the other hand, you will have to pay for the whole year.
They only pro-rate the months if you transfer a car.
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You will be asked to back pay.
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You'll have to back pay the fee. Same as if you'd renewed the sticker after it expired. It doesn't renew a year exactly from the day you renew, it's renewed up to your birthday.
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MZ_3 wrote:
Aug 18th, 2017 12:04 am
You will be asked to back pay.
vaportech wrote:
Aug 18th, 2017 3:01 am
You'll have to back pay the fee. Same as if you'd renewed the sticker after it expired. It doesn't renew a year exactly from the day you renew, it's renewed up to your birthday.
Back pay for the last 3yrs, when the car was off the road?
I don't think so, as I've parked my summer vehicle for as long as two years consecutively and wasn't required to pay anything more than for valid a sticker for the next year or two.
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Perhaps your plates didn't sit long enough, I had plates that were 6 years old. Tried to use them again and the MTO system wouldn't allow it without paying for the missed fees.
Ended up getting new plates.

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