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Renewed license plate sticker online morning after expiry

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  • Dec 21st, 2017 11:51 am
[OP]
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Renewed license plate sticker online morning after expiry

So I did this online before I realized that it is not allowed. Strange thing is that everything went through smoothly and looks approved. Received my receipt by email. But I'm not sure if I'm going to find out in 2 weeks that it was rejected somewhere down the line and that I have been driving around illegally.

Anybody try this? What happened?

Also, not interested in the self-righteous "you got the notice in the mail 2 months ago, why didn't you renew it then?". That is not helpful :p.
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I have renewed online 3 weeks after expiry and all was good.
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Technically your license plate expires on your birth date but as long as the sticker arrives before the end of the month and you put the sticker on your plate before the end of the month, no one will know your current sticker is expired unless you get pulled over and the cop checks your plate in the system.
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you got the notice in the mail 2 months ago, why didn't you renew it then?
[OP]
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qaz393 wrote:
Dec 13th, 2017 9:44 am
you got the notice in the mail 2 months ago, why didn't you renew it then?
Hilarious. :p
[OP]
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Update: my sticker showed up a few days later. Now on the car. My wife also informed that she did this as well - ordered the sticker online after it had expired - with no problems.
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McGuillicuddy wrote:
Dec 20th, 2017 11:01 am
Update: my sticker showed up a few days later. Now on the car. My wife also informed that she did this as well - ordered the sticker online after it had expired - with no problems.
Yea I've done this as well, they give you a temporary notice which you can print and keep in your car until the sticker arrives.
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seafish wrote:
Dec 20th, 2017 11:55 am
Some 6-7 years ago I learned a hard way that you need to renew before your birthdate, not end of the month.
Parked my car at the QC side day after my birthdate and got a ticket for a hefty $400+
Unfortunately that is a common thing that happens in the Ottawa area on the Quebec side. Police will patrol large parking lots (shopping malls, casino, etc) and look for expired license plates. The maddening part is that they don't even use stickers anymore in Quebec so they are really just targeting Ontario drivers. Looking at the colors, you can quickly spot the expired ones without even being close enough to read the year.

Back to the OPs question, when you renew online, the instructions tell you that your receipt is valid proof of renewal for 10 days or something like that. If you don't receive your sticker within 10 days, you need to go to ServiceOntario.
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hamandcheese wrote:
Dec 12th, 2017 10:21 pm
Technically your license plate expires on your birth date but as long as the sticker arrives before the end of the month and you put the sticker on your plate before the end of the month, no one will know your current sticker is expired unless you get pulled over and the cop checks your plate in the system.
McGuillicuddy wrote:
Dec 20th, 2017 11:01 am
Update: my sticker showed up a few days later. Now on the car. My wife also informed that she did this as well - ordered the sticker online after it had expired - with no problems.
Even if OP had gotten pulled over, the police will see on the system (when they punch in the license plate number) that's it's updated. So would be lenient for that, if OP provided a reasonable explanation, for which this is and carried the receipt/confirmation email with him.

But no matter, as all is well now.

You'd have to be a real dick with an attitude the second the police officer started speaking, for him/her to issue a ticket under this particular circumstance.
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kenchau wrote:
Dec 20th, 2017 1:56 pm
Even if OP had gotten pulled over, the police will see on the system (when they punch in the license plate number) that's it's updated. So would be lenient for that, if OP provided a reasonable explanation, for which this is and carried the receipt/confirmation email with him.

But no matter, as all is well now.

You'd have to be a real dick with an attitude the second the police officer started speaking, for him/her to issue a ticket under this particular circumstance.
I don't necessarily disagree with you but I believe the law says that the sticker needs to be affixed and visible and they can give you a ticket even if in the system it shows that it's been renewed. It would seem unlikely that you'd get a ticket but I can tell you that leniency isn't always great.

Earlier this year, I purchased a car that didn't come with the front plate bracket so I ordered one from the dealer. They eventually received it and I picked it up at the dealer. Three days later, I was pulled over and charged for "failing to display" front plate. I showed the officer the plate, bracket and receipt from 3 days before and explained that I hadn't had time to install it yet but he chose to give me a ticket anyway (I believe it was for $90 but I was able to get it reduced to $45 by going to see judge at courthouse).
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michelb wrote:
Dec 21st, 2017 8:36 am
I don't necessarily disagree with you but I believe the law says that the sticker needs to be affixed and visible and they can give you a ticket even if in the system it shows that it's been renewed. It would seem unlikely that you'd get a ticket but I can tell you that leniency isn't always great.

Earlier this year, I purchased a car that didn't come with the front plate bracket so I ordered one from the dealer. They eventually received it and I picked it up at the dealer. Three days later, I was pulled over and charged for "failing to display" front plate. I showed the officer the plate, bracket and receipt from 3 days before and explained that I hadn't had time to install it yet but he chose to give me a ticket anyway (I believe it was for $90 but I was able to get it reduced to $45 by going to see judge at courthouse).
By no means was I suggesting the law doesn't require the sticker be attached to the plate (tickets definitely can be issued if an updated sticker is not on the plate, no doubt). In fact, the second thinner rectangle sticker is supposed to also be attached to the corresponding section on the ownership paper.

I'm just saying, there is at least potential for the police officer to show leniency in OP's scenario, because he doesn't have a sticker in possession to attach, but the plate has been renewed. Of course any police officer might choose to follow the law to the extreme and issue a ticket anyways. It's always going to be hit or miss.

In your scenario, he may have felt like, because you had it in your possession, you should have made it a priority to install it or he may have been having a bad day or he might just be one of the ones that makes no exceptions.

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