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Plate Sticker Renewal

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[OP]
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Feb 10, 2016
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Plate Sticker Renewal

Hey guys,

Just got the letter in the mail saying I need to renew my sticker for January 2019 and It doesn't require an E-Test.

My question is regarding the renewal. Since they are removing the E-Test in April 2019, wouldn't that include the removal of stickers too?

Shouldn't I just wait until April anyway so I don't have to pay the renewal fee? I don't drive much and when I do it isn't very far so I think I could survive until April.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Oct 19, 2008
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Validation stickers are not being removed, you still have to pay for a new one. They are only getting rid of the drive clean test requirement.
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You still have to register your plates. You gotta pay to play.

As for E-Test, yes they are getting rid of it April 1, 2019. Any suckers like me still have to do it, but at least the first test is free. I did it already (January expiry). Waste of time.
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Etest cancellation has absolutely nothing to do your the license plate on your car or the sticker.

You are legally required to buy a new sticker for your vehicle or quit driving it.

What on earth would have given you the idea that the etest cancellation meant that you no longer have to get the yearly/bi yearly sticker for your car.
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luckystrike1 wrote:
Nov 13th, 2018 9:27 pm
Etest cancellation has absolutely nothing to do your the license plate on your car or the sticker.

You are legally required to buy a new sticker for your vehicle or quit driving it.

What on earth would have given you the idea that the etest cancellation meant that you no longer have to get the yearly/bi yearly sticker for your car.
Just thinking logically here. The sticker is based on doing the drive clean test and showing that your vehicle isn't polluting the environment. Since that test is getting removed why keep the sticker?

Does not make sense to me, and thanks for your answer.
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Koenza wrote:
Nov 14th, 2018 9:18 am
Just thinking logically here. The sticker is based on doing the drive clean test and showing that your vehicle isn't polluting the environment. Since that test is getting removed why keep the sticker?

Does not make sense to me, and thanks for your answer.
OMG.... Logically??? It's common sense why you need plate stickers and getting a sticker was only if you passed the etest. Do you think there were stickers before etest? Do you know what a sticker is for? How old are you?
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koffey wrote:
Nov 14th, 2018 9:44 am
OMG.... Logically??? It's common sense why you need plate stickers and getting a sticker was only if you passed the etest. Do you think there were stickers before etest? Do you know what a sticker is for? How old are you?
Clearly not old enough to get angry at a simple question. You need to relax.
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Koenza wrote:
Nov 14th, 2018 9:47 am
Clearly not old enough to get angry at a simple question. You need to relax.
It's not anger, it's shock that this is even a question and you called it logic.
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simple answer...

The sticker has absolutely nothing to do with drive clean test.
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koffey wrote:
Nov 14th, 2018 9:49 am
It's not anger, it's shock that this is even a question and you called it logic.
Whatever helps you sleep at night.

Thanks Ducky, didn't know that the sticker had nothing to do with the drive clean test.
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Koenza wrote:
Nov 14th, 2018 9:57 am
Whatever helps you sleep at night.

Thanks Ducky, didn't know that the sticker had nothing to do with the drive clean test.
lol, says the guy with flawed logic.
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I think a lot of people get confused with this. Getting the sticker is kind of like paying a tax to be able to drive your vehicle. I don't know what that money goes towards but I'm guessing its something like admin costs of running the MTO and/or paving roads maybe.

The e-test was just a prerequisite to getting the sticker. As is proof of insurance and if its a new registration a safety certificate is needed as well.

The sticker is just proof you've paid your fees for the car.
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phantom_911 wrote:
Nov 14th, 2018 10:04 am
I think a lot of people get confused with this. Getting the sticker is kind of like paying a tax to be able to drive your vehicle. I don't know what that money goes towards but I'm guessing its something like admin costs of running the MTO and/or paving roads maybe.

The e-test was just a prerequisite to getting the sticker. As is proof of insurance and if its a new registration a safety certificate is needed as well.

The sticker is just proof you've paid your fees for the car.
That makes sense. I didn't know much about the sticker always thought it was for the drive clean test.
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Nov 8, 2017
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Hi OP are you from another province?

I believe it's more like a visual indication that you renewed your plate/paid the annual fee.
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phantom_911 wrote:
Nov 14th, 2018 10:04 am
I think a lot of people get confused with this. Getting the sticker is kind of like paying a tax to be able to drive your vehicle. I don't know what that money goes towards but I'm guessing its something like admin costs of running the MTO and/or paving roads maybe.

The e-test was just a prerequisite to getting the sticker. As is proof of insurance and if its a new registration a safety certificate is needed as well.

The sticker is just proof you've paid your fees for the car.
Actually, adding the e-test requirement to every other year vehicle registration was only for ease of record keeping for people living in Southern Ontario. An easy way to ensure that it was done. It was not a per-requiste.
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