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Under the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) vehicle registration system, the purchaser of any used (pre-owned) motor vehicle must apply to transfer the permit for the vehicle into his/her name within six days of purchase, in either a "fit" or "unfit" condition. If he/she wishes to operate the vehicle on a road, the purchaser will have to get a "fit" permit for the vehicle and to do this he/she will have to provide MTO with proof of the vehicle's safety and road worthiness it is called Safety Standards Certificate (SSC)

The purchaser is the person, who is required to supply the Ministry with the Safety Standards Certificate,
A licenced Motor Vehicle inspection Station shall issue an SSC after ensuring a motor vehicle meets the minimum safety standards required by the Highway Traffic Act (HTA),

The issuance of an Safety Standards Certificate (SSC) IS NOT A WARRANTY ON THE GENERAL CONDITION OF THE VEHICLE, it merely states that on the date of issuance of the certificate, it met the minimum safety standards as set down by regulations in Ontario's Highway Traffic Act (HTA).

Transfer of vehicles in Ontario is subject to the Drive Clean Program. All transfers of vehicles which are three years old or older required a drive clean certificate.

Who pays for the Drive Clean certificate; The Buyer or the Seller?
Like in the case of the Safety Standard Certificate this is a matter of negotiation and bargaining between the two parties. The information on this site is a guide only. For official purposes, refer to the HTA and regulations.
Instructions to the purchaser
When the vehicle is Purchased Certified. What the seller should provide:
  • The vehicle portion of the permit signed and dated
  • The Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP)
  • The bill of sale (the UVIP contains a blank bill of sale for your use)
  • Two copies (White/Blue and Yellow) of a valid Safety Standards
  • Certificate (SSC), (A SSC expires 36 calendar days from and including the date of inspection), with no errors, omissions, alterations or reprints.
NOTICE:
It is an offense for any person to make any alterations whatsoever on a Safety Standards Certificate. Any altered certificate shall be deemed void and will not be accepted by the Licence Issuing Agent
Vehicle portion
Fill out completely the back of the vehicle portion of the vehicle application. This is your application for transfer.
You shall take these documents together with proof of insurance to any licence issuing agent within 6 days of purchase. You will be issued a new permit for the vehicle and, if you do not have licence plates from a previously owned motor vehicle, a set of new licence number plates will be issued to you at this time.
Plate portion
If you own licence plates, take also the plate portion of the permit for the licence plates previously issued to you along with the other documents.
Payment
Payment of registration and validation fee will be required by the licence issuing agent. Sales tax, if applicable, will be collected at this time.
When the Purchased vehicle is not certified
  • The seller does not provide you with the Safety Standard Certificate.
  • The seller must provide you with the Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP)
  • You shall, within six days of purchase, either obtain an Safety Standards Certificate (SSC) for the vehicle and transfer it as outlined previously
Unfit vehicle
Transfer the vehicle into your name in an "unfit" status by producing to the licence issuing agent the following:
  • The signed and dated vehicle portion of the permit
  • The Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP)
  • The bill of sale (the UVIP contains a blank bill of sale for your convenience)
The licence issuing agent will transfer the motor vehicle into your name in an "unfit" condition
Before

Before you can operate the motor vehicle on any road, you must obtain a Safety Standards Certificate (SSC) for the vehicle and transfer the vehicle into a "fit" status by the steps previously outlined and affix your validated licence plates to the vehicle

If you operate the motor vehicle within six days of purchase but have been unable to transfer the vehicle into your name for some reason (possibly it was purchased during a weekend), you must have affixed to the vehicle your own validated licence plates.

You must carry with you while operating the vehicle, and produce on demand, a valid Safety Standards Certificate (SSC) for the vehicle, the vehicle portion of the permit that was issued for the vehicle and the plate portion of the permit for the licence plates being displayed.

Instructions to the seller
When selling the vehicle is certified. What should be removed or kept at the time of sale
  • Your licence plates
  • The Plate portion of the permit
  • The above also applies if you sell the vehicle to a licenced car dealer or an auto wrecker.
What the seller should provided to the purchaser
  • The signed and dated vehicle portion of the permit
  • The Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP)
  • The bill of sale (the UVIP contains a blank bill of sale for your use)
  • Two copies (White/Blue and Yellow) of a valid Safety Standards Certificate (SSC) (A Safety Standards Certificate (SSC) expires 36 calendar days from and including the date of inspection), with no errors, omissions, alterations or reprints. . The Motor Vehicle Inspection Station will supply you with the original white and blue and the yellow copy of the Safety Standards Certificate (SSC).
NOTE
It is an offense for any person to make any alterations whatsoever on a Safety Standards Certificate (SSC). Any altered certificate shall be deemed void and will not be accepted by the Licence Issuing Agent
When selling the vehicle is not certified
What should be removed or kept at the time of sale
  • Your licence plates
  • The Plate portion of the permit
  • The above also applies if you sell the vehicle to a licenced car dealer or an auto wrecker.
What the seller should provided to the purchaser
  • The signed and dated vehicle portion of the permit
  • The Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP)
  • The bill of sale (the UVIP contains a blank bill of sale for your use)
Basic information about Safety Standard Certificate (SSC)
The following information is a guide for seller or purchaser of any a used Pre-owned motor vehicle, passenger vehicle, light commercial vehicle or van is required to have a Safety Standard Certificate (SSC)
When certification of a motor vehicle is required, the following should be noted:
  • The Ministry does not make recommendations regarding the choice of Motor Vehicle Inspection Stations (MVIS) to perform inspections. The choice is yours.
  • The Ministry does not govern the cost of either inspection or repairs required to bring the vehicle to the standards set down in the regulations. It might, therefore, be beneficial to "shop around" and compare prices.
  • You are not compelled to have your vehicle repaired at the Motor Vehicle Inspection Stations (MVIS) where the initial inspection was completed. However, you must return the vehicle to the station for re-inspection of the repaired items and issuance of the Safety Standard Certificate (SSC). In this case, no additional fee will be charged for re-inspection providing the wheel brake assemblies do not have to be inspected a second time.
NOTE:
the vehicle must be returned to the Motor Vehicle Inspection Stations (MVIS) within 10 days with the specified repaired to qualify for re-inspection at no charge.
Under The Highway Traffic Act licence of the inspection station licence can be revoked where it can be proven that the station has oversold the amount of repairs required (i.e. forcing repairs or replacement of parts that are worn but still meet the inspection requirements), or where the station has conducted an improper inspection.
Under The Highway Traffic Act the station can be charged up to $50 to $500. If those convicted of performing sub-standard inspections.
Hint:
Before you leave the Inspection Garage check out your Safety Standard Certificate (SSC). Verify that there are not "blank spaces", match the Vehicle Identification Number or V.I.N. (serial number) with the number on your permit, verify year, color and mileage and make sure the Year, Month and Day are correct.
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