Licences, Permits and Exemptions

Vehicle Inspections Information Updated

Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 545 and 546, require all tow truck, driving schools, taxicabs, limousines and private transportation company (e.g. Uber) vehicles to pass mechanical inspections as a condition of licensing. 

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What is a Safety Standards Certificate?

A Safety Standard Certificate (SSC) is issued following a mechanical inspection by a Motor Vehicle Inspection Station (MVIS) garage operator licensed by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

Safety Standard Certificates are only valid when issued by a provincially licensed Motor Vehicle Inspection Station (MVIS) garage operator and the SSCs cannot be more than 36 days old at time of submission to the Licence and Permit Issuing Office.

For more information, please visit http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/trucks/commercial-vehicle-faq.shtml

 

How do I submit my Safety Standards Certificate (SSC)?

1. Email a photograph or scanned copy of your SSC to vehicleinspection@toronto.ca. Please indicate your plate number in the subject line. Staff will only contact you if there are any issues with your email submission.

2. Or, you can bring an original copy to the Licence and Permit Issuing Office at the East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Avenue.

 

Additional requirements:

1. If a taxi vehicle is driven more than 40,000 km in the previous year, you must submit an SSC twice a year, once every six months.

2. If a taxi vehicle is driven less than 40,000 km in the previous year, you must submit an SSC once a year.

3. Valid SSCs cannot be more than 36 days old at time of submission to the Licence and Permit Issuing Office. A SSC may be submitted up to 30 days before the submission date.

4. All Safety Standards Certifications (hard copy) are to be kept in vehicle and produced upon request.

 

When do I submit my SSC?

Find Your Submission Date:

Toronto Taxicab Licence (TTL) Taxicab Vehicle Inspections

Standard, Ambassador and Accessible (W) Taxicab Vehicle Inspections 

 

For accessible vehicles: 

ML&S requires Annual Inspection Certificates for D409 compliant vehicles along with Safety Standard Certificates.

 

What happens if I do not submit my Safety Standards Certificate?

Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 546-15 (C) gives ML&S the authority to suspend the licence of a vehicle if a SSC is not provided within seven days of the "Next Submission Date" when an inspection has been required.

 

Replacing a taxicab:

The vehicle

  • Must be no more than 7 model years old. For example, a taxicab manufactured in 2012 must be replaced in 2019
  • Cannot be a former Police vehicle or a taxicab in other jurisdictions
  • Must have the taxicab plate affixed to the right side of the rear bumper

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What is a Safety Standards Certificate?

A Safety Standard Certificate (SSC) is issued following a mechanical inspection by a Motor Vehicle Inspection Station (MVIS) garage operator licensed by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

Safety Standard Certificates are only valid when issued by a provincially licensed Motor Vehicle Inspection Station (MVIS) garage operator and the SSCs cannot be more than 36 days old at time of submission to the Licence and Permit Issuing Office.

For more information, please visit http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/trucks/commercial-vehicle-faq.shtml

 

How do I submit my Safety Standards Certificate (SSC)?

1. Email a photograph or scanned copy of your SSC to vehicleinspection@toronto.ca. Please indicate your plate number in the subject line. Staff will only contact you if there are any issues with your email submission.

2. Or, you can bring an original copy to the Licence and Permit Issuing Office at the East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Avenue.

 

Additional requirements:

1. If a vehicle is driven more than 40,000 km in the previous year, you must submit an SSC twice a year, once every six months.

2. If a vehicle is driven less than 40,000 km in the previous year, you must submit an SSC once a year.

3. Valid SSCs cannot be more than 36 days old at time of submission to the Licence and Permit Issuing Office. A SSC may be submitted up to 30 days before the submission date.

4. All Safety Standards Certifications (hard copy) are to be kept in vehicle and produced upon request.

 

When do I submit my SSC?

Find Your Submission Date:

Limousine Vehicle Inspections

 

What happens if I do not submit my Safety Standards Certificate?

Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 546-15 (C) gives ML&S the authority to suspend the licence of a vehicle if a SSC is not provided within seven days of the "Next Submission Date" when an inspection has been required.

 

Replacing a Limousine:

  • Sedan vehicles must be no more than 7 model years old.  For example, a sedan limousine manufactured in 2012 must be replaced in 2019
  • Stretch vehicles must be no more than 8 model years old. For example, a stretch limousine manufactured in 2012 must be replaced in 2020
  • Vehicles cannot be branded as rebuilt
  • Must have the limousine plate affixed to the front grill

ExpandPrivate Transportation Company (PTC, e.g. Uber) Vehicles

Private Transportation Companies (PTC), such as Uber, are responsible for submitting valid Safety Standard Certificates to ML&S on behalf of PTC drivers.

 

Additional requirements:

1. If a vehicle is driven more than 40,000 km in the previous year, a PTC must submit an SSC twice a year, once every six months.

2. If a vehicle is driven less than 40,000 km in the previous year, a PTC must submit an SSC once a year.

3. Valid SSCs cannot be more than 36 days old at time of submission to the Licence and Permit Issuing Office. A SSC may be submitted up to 30 days before the submission date.

4. All Safety Standards Certifications (hard copy) are to be kept in vehicle and produced upon request.

 

What happens if a Safety Standards Certificate is not submitted?

Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 546-15 (C) gives ML&S the authority to suspend the licence of a vehicle if a SSC is not provided within seven days of the "Next Submission Date" when an inspection has been required.

ExpandTow Trucks

What is a Safety Standards Certificate?

A Safety Standard Certificate (SSC) is issued following a mechanical inspection by a Motor Vehicle Inspection Station (MVIS) garage operator licensed by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

Safety Standard Certificates are only valid when issued by a provincially licensed Motor Vehicle Inspection Station (MVIS) garage operator and the SSCs cannot be more than 36 days old at time of submission to the Licence and Permit Issuing Office.

For more information, please visit http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/trucks/commercial-vehicle-faq.shtml

 

How do I submit my Safety Standards Certificate (SSC)?

Tow Truck owners are required to submit an original valid Safety Standards Certificate at time of licence renewal to the Licence and Permit Issuing Office at the East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Avenue.

 

Additional requirements:

1. Valid SSCs cannot be more than 36 days old at time of submission to the Licence and Permit Issuing Office.

2. All Safety Standards Certifications (hard copy) are to be kept in vehicle and produced upon request.

What happens if I do not submit my Safety Standards Certificate?

Licence renewal will not be granted if a SSC is not submitted. 

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What is a Safety Standards Certificate?

A Safety Standard Certificate (SSC) is issued following a mechanical inspection by a Motor Vehicle Inspection Station (MVIS) garage operator licensed by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

Safety Standard Certificates are only valid when issued by a provincially licensed Motor Vehicle Inspection Station (MVIS) garage operator and the SSCs cannot be more than 36 days old at time of submission to the Licence and Permit Issuing Office.

For more information, please visit http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/trucks/commercial-vehicle-faq.shtml

 

How do I submit my Safety Standards Certificate (SSC)?

Driving school vehicle owners are required to submit an original valid Safety Standards Certificate at time of licence renewal to the Licence and Permit Issuing Office at the East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Avenue.

 

Additional requirements:

1. Valid SSCs cannot be more than 36 days old at time of submission to the Licence and Permit Issuing Office.

2. All Safety Standards Certifications (hard copy) are to be kept in vehicle and produced upon request.

 

What happens if I do not submit my Safety Standards Certificate?

Licence renewal will not be granted if a SSC is not submitted.