Whether you are registering a vehicle you just bought from a third party or need to put your name on a new car you financed at a dealership, you need to learn the process. Being aware of these steps ahead of time better allows you to avoid hangups, as you will know the documentation needed, steps to take, and the cost of registering any vehicle throughout Canada. Read the following information and put these tips into motion as you register your own automobile.
#1: What documentation do I need to register my vehicle and what will I receive?
In order to have your car registered at registries in your province, you'll need to show that the vehicle is insured. Regardless of where you live, you must furnish proof that you at least have liability insurance. You'll need to also show a copy of your driver's license and a copy of the vehicle's title with your name on it. From there, the motor vehicle registry will provide you with an up-to-date vehicle license plate, current vehicle registration stickers to attach to the plates, and a card copy of the registration in your name, which should be kept in the vehicle at all times.
#2: What happens if I don't register my car in time, or allow my registration to expire?
You must always stay on top of your vehicle registration, since the penalties of driving unregistered can quickly add up. For instance, driving a vehicle unregistered can cost you $150 in fines if you are pulled over. Further, not notifying the registry of a name change or a change of address carries penalties of its own, as the cost for this if pulled over is $50. Always mark your calendar and remain proactive about registering your vehicle to avoid any fines or complications.
#3: How do I know how much my registration will cost?
The price of your registration will depend on your particular jurisdiction, which is why you must check your particular registry to know for sure. However, the cost of registration is typically small, so long as you remember to register before the due date. For instance, the cost getting registration stickers in Northern Ontario cost about $49, while getting registration in Southern Ontario will cost approximately $98. You may have additional registry fees, such as license plate fee or a car permit fee.
Consider this information as you set out to register your vehicle in Canada.