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Licence Plate Renewal Still Required by Law

August 2, 2022

The North Bay Police Service is reminding motorists that they are still required by law to renew their vehicles’ licence plates.

In February 2022, Ontario’s provincial government announced the elimination of licence plate renewal fees and licence plate sticker requirements for passenger vehicles, light-duty trucks, motorcycles and mopeds. These changes did not remove the legal requirement to renew licence plates.

Vehicle owners can renew their licence plates free of charge at a ServiceOntario location or online by visiting:

Licence plate renewals are valid for a period of 1 or 2 years with a renewal usually required before the vehicle owner’s birthday. You must pay outstanding vehicle fines, penalties, tolls and fees when you renew your licence plate.

When you renew, you will no longer receive a licence plate sticker for passenger vehicles, light-duty trucks, motorcycles and mopeds. Once you complete your renewal online or in-person, law enforcement will be instantly aware your licence plate has been renewed.

Driving with an expired licence plate can result in charges under the Highway Traffic Act. If convicted, you could face a fine up to $1,000.