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Safety Standards Certificate
To register a vehicle as fit, you must have a safety standards certificate. A certificate that is issued outside Ontario is not acceptable. An authorized mechanic at a government approved Motor Vehicle Inspection Station inspects the vehicle, for a fee, and issues a signed certificate if the vehicle passes inspection. The certificate is valid for 36 days from the date of the inspection. The certificate is not a warranty or guarantee on the general condition of the vehicle.
You will be asked to show this certificate when you:
• Register a rebuilt motor vehicle
• Transfer a used motor vehicle to a new owner as fit
• Register a motor vehicle as fit in Ontario that was previously registered in another province or country
• Change the status of a vehicle from unfit to fit
Note: A Safety standards certificate is not required when registering a used motorized snow vehicle, off-road vehicle, motor assisted bicycle (moped), or trailer as fit.
Additional details on the Ontario Ministry of Transportation Safety Standards Certificate can be found at:
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