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Under this program, the Ministry permits licensed and insured garage owners to conduct a mandatory motor vehicle safety inspection to ensure the vehicle meets all minimum safety requirements. Inspections must be done at specified intervals. A motor vehicle inspection station (MVIS) oversee inspection and issue of safety standards certificates, structural inspection certificates, annual or semi-annual inspection certificates, and stickers. It ensures that your vehicle meets minimum safety standards when receiving certificates and stickers.

Types of inspection certificates

An MVIS can issue four types of inspection certificates:

- Safety Standards Certificate (SSC): Required for all motor vehicles, including passenger cars, light trucks, and motorcycles, when they are first registered. An SSC is also required whenever a vehicle changes ownership unless it is already valid. The certificate is valid for 36 months from the date it was issued.

- Structural Inspection Certificate (SIC): May be required for a used vehicle registered for the first time. The certificate is valid for 60 days from the date it was issued.

- Annual Inspection Certificate (AIC): Issued after a vehicle passes an annual safety inspection. The AIC sticker must be affixed to the vehicle windshield and is valid for one year from its date.

- Semi-Annual Inspection Certificate (SAIC): Issued after a vehicle passes a semi-annual safety inspection. The SAIC sticker must be affixed to the vehicle windshield and is valid for six months from its date.

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Inspection intervals

The following table shows when a vehicle must be inspected:

- For a passenger car, light truck, or motorcycle that is less than seven years old, the first inspection is due four years from the date the vehicle was first registered. Subsequent inspections are due every two years.

- For a passenger car, light truck, or motorcycle that is seven years old or older, the first inspection is due seven years from the date the vehicle was first registered. Subsequent inspections are due every two years.

- For a commercial vehicle, bus, or school bus, the first inspection is due three years from the date the vehicle was first registered. Subsequent inspections are due every year.

- For a trailer, the first inspection is due three years from the date the vehicle was first registered. After that, subsequent inspections are due every year.

Inspection items

The following items are checked during an inspection:

- Horn

- Windshield wipers and washer

- Mirrors

- Stop lamps and turn signals

- Tail lamps

- Brake lights

- Plate light

- License plate fasteners

- Exhaust system

- Muffler

- Catalytic converter (if applicable)

- Fuel system (for leaks)

- Steering and suspension components

- Wheel alignment

- Tires and rims

- Doors (for proper operation)

- Seat belts

- Airbags (if applicable)

- Glazing (windshield, side windows, rear window)

- Safety devices (e.g., child safety seats, fire extinguisher)

- Speedometer and odometer

- Windshield defrosting and thawing system

- Heater and defroster

- Brakes (including parking brake)

- Headlamps, taillamps, and daytime running lamps (DRLs)

The safety standard certificate is valid for 36 months from the date it was issued. If the vehicle changes ownership during that time, the new owner must have the vehicle inspected within seven days of the ownership change. The new owner will then be issued a new certificate with a new expiry date.

If you're buying a used car, ask the seller for the vehicle's current SSC or SIC to ensure it is valid before you register the vehicle in your name. You'll need to have the vehicle inspected and obtain a new certificate if the existing one has expired.

You can have your vehicle inspected at any licensed inspection facility. A list of licensed facilities is available on the Ministry of Transportation website.

What to do if your vehicle fails an inspection

If your vehicle fails an inspection, you'll need to have it repaired and re-inspected within 30 days. The initial inspection fee is not refundable, and you'll have to pay the inspection fee again when you have the vehicle reinspected.

If you're not sure what repairs need to be made, you can take your vehicle to a licensed repair facility for an estimate. Once the repairs have been made, bring your vehicle back to the original inspection facility or any other licensed facility for a reinspection.

This content serves as a general overview of safety standards certificates and inspections. Please get in touch with a licensed inspection facility or the Ministry of Transportation for specific questions about your vehicle.

How to Get a free quote?

If you would like to get a free quote for a safety standards certificate or inspection, please contact a licensed inspection facility in your area. A list of licensed facilities is available on the Ministry of Transportation website.

Requirements and inspection criteria

It may vary in other provinces and territories. Please check with your local authorities for more information.

This content serves as a general overview of safety standards certificates and inspections. Please get in touch with a licensed inspection facility or the Ministry of Transportation for specific questions about your vehicle.

Tell me the importance of car safety inspections?

Annual car safety inspections are necessary because they help ensure that your vehicle is safe to operate. The inspection items checked during an inspection can help identify potential safety issues that could lead to accidents or injuries. Having your vehicle inspected regularly can help keep yourself and others safe on the road.

Car safety inspections are required by law in some provinces and territories, while in others, they are voluntary. However, even if an inspection is not required by law in your area, it is still a good idea to have your vehicle inspected regularly.

Some of the items that are checked during a car safety inspection include:

- brakes

- tires and rims

- doors

- seat belts

- airbags

- glazing (windshield, side windows, rear window)

- safety devices (e.g., child safety seats, fire extinguisher)

- speedometer and odometer

- windshield defrosting and thawing system

- heater and defroster

Inspections help ensure that your vehicle is safe to operate on the road. The inspection items checked during an inspection can help identify potential safety issues that could lead to accidents or injuries. Having your vehicle inspected regularly can help keep yourself and others safe on the road.

How often should I get my car safety inspected?

The answer to this question depends on the province or territory you live in. In some areas, safety inspections are required every year, while in others, they may only be needed every two years. Check with your provincial or territorial government to find out the requirements in your area.

What is a safety inspection?

A safety inspection is a thorough check of a vehicle to ensure it meets all the provincial or territorial safety standards. A licensed mechanic will check things like the brakes, lights, steering and suspension system, and tires during an inspection.

Why are safety inspections necessary?

Safety inspections help ensure that vehicles on the road are safe for everyone. By making sure that cars are in good working condition, we can help prevent accidents and injuries.

Register a Technician

To perform safety inspections, technicians must be registered with the Ministry of Transportation. Registration ensures that technicians have the necessary skills and knowledge to inspect vehicles properly.

I'm from out of province. Do I need a safety inspection?

If you are moving from another province or territory, you will need to have your vehicle inspected within 60 days.

You can get your vehicle inspected at any licensed inspection facility. A list of licensed facilities is available on the Ministry of Transportation website.

Do I need a safety inspection if I am selling my car?

If you are selling your car in Ontario, the buyer will need to get a safety inspection before they can register the vehicle in their name.

As the seller, you are responsible for getting the car inspected and providing the buyer with a valid safety certificate. You can get your vehicle inspected at any licensed inspection facility. A list of licensed facilities is available on the Ministry of Transportation website.

What if my car fails the safety inspection?

If your car does not meet the provincial or territorial safety standards, it will fail the inspection. The technician will give you a report that outlines what needs to be fixed for your vehicle to pass.

You will need to have the repairs done and get your car reinspected within 30 days. After making the repairs, you can take your vehicle to any licensed inspection facility for a reinspection.

Signing Authority

The following individuals are authorized to sign the Safety Standards Certificate:

- Licensed Automotive Service Technician

- Registered Apprenticeship Motor Vehicle Mechanic

- Class A Mechanic

- Class B Mechanic

Tools needed for safety inspection:

- A flashlight

- A mirror on an extendable pole

- Jack and jack stands

- Wheel chocks

- Lug wrench or impact gun

- Tire gauge

- Pressure washer (optional)

The first step is to make sure the vehicle is clean. This will help you spot any potential problems more efficiently. Inspect the outside of the car, looking for cracks, rust, or other damage. Then, move to the inside of the car and check for anything that looks out of place or doesn't work correctly.

Next, you'll want to check under the hood. Ensure all the fluids are at the proper levels and that there are no leaks. Also, check the belts and hoses to ensure they are in good condition.

Now it's time to take a look at the tires. First, check the tread depth and pressure of all four tires. If you're not sure how to do this, consult your owner's manual or the tire manufacturer's website.

Finally, test all the lights and signals to ensure they work correctly. This includes headlights, taillights, turn signals, brake lights, and hazard lights.

If everything looks good, you can wash the car and polish it up for the new owner.

MVIS is dedicated to providing fair, accessible, and professional vehicle safety inspection services.

We are committed to maintaining the highest safety standards for the motoring public.

If you have any questions about the Safety Standards Certificate or the safety inspection process, please contact us. Our qualified technicians would be happy to help you.

Modernization of the MVIS

The program will result in an improved customer experience and will ensure that vehicles on roads are safe.

The new program will provide:

- Increased transparency around inspection results

- A more streamlined process for getting your vehicle reinspected after it has failed

- More consistent inspection standards across the province

The Ministry of Transportation is committed to ensuring the safety of all road users. The MVIS program plays a vital role in achieving this goal.

We are constantly working to improve the program and make it more effective. We are always looking for ways to simplify the process for customers and ensure that only safe vehicles are on the road.

If you have any suggestions on how we can improve the MVIS program, please let us know. We would be happy to hear from you.

The MVIS is committed to providing the highest quality of service possible. We value your feedback and suggestions.

Examples of Problems That Would Get Your Car an F-Grade:

- Cracked or broken windshield

- damaged or missing headlights, taillights, turn signals, or brake lights

- bald tires

- fluid leaks

- loose or damaged belts or hoses

- rust damage

If you have any of these problems, you will need to get them fixed before your car can pass the safety inspection.

The MVIS is here to help you keep your vehicle safe and roadworthy. We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions about the safety inspection process or the safety of your vehicle.

Types of products and services we offer:

- Pre-purchase vehicle inspection

- Safety Standards Certificate Inspection

- Out of province/country vehicle inspection

- Commercial vehicle inspection

- New and used vehicle dealer inspection

- Lease return inspection

MVIS is dedicated to providing fair, accessible, and professional vehicle safety inspection services. We are committed to maintaining the highest safety standards for the motoring public.

If you have any questions about the Safety Standards Certificate or the safety inspection process, please contact us. Our qualified technicians would be happy to help you.

How much is a car safety inspection in Ontario?

The cost of a car safety inspection in Ontario is $30 for a regular vehicle and $55 for a commercial vehicle.

Renewal of your Ontario driver's license

You need to renew your Ontario driver's license every five years. The cost of a renewal is $90.

Our 36-point car safety inspection checklist

To ensure the safety of all road users, the MVIS has a 36-point checklist that our qualified technicians use to inspect every vehicle.

What is a Safety Standards Certificate?

A Safety Standards Certificate (SSC) is issued after a vehicle passes a safety inspection and shows that the vehicle meets safety standards.

The certificate is valid for 36 days and must be renewed every two years.

If you are selling your vehicle, the buyer will need to see a valid SSC.

If you are buying a used vehicle, make sure that the seller has a valid SSC for the vehicle.

You can get your vehicle inspected at any MVIS location.

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

- The vehicle you want to have inspected

- The current Safety Standards Certificate, if there is one

- The registration papers for the vehicle

- Your driver's license

- Payment for the inspection fee

How long does the inspection take?

The inspection usually takes about 30 minutes. However, if the vehicle needs repairs, it may take longer.

Terminating a Station's License

The MVIS may terminate a station's license if the station:

- Fails to comply with the requirements of the program

- Has been convicted of an offence under the Highway Traffic Act or any other provincial statutes

- Has had its license suspended or revoked by another licensing authority

- Fails to pay the annual fee

- Fails to maintain adequate insurance coverage

What do you not have to worry about during a safety inspection?

- The MVIS will not test your vehicle's emissions.

- The MVIS will not inspect your vehicle if it is not safe to do so.

- The MVIS will not place a hold on your vehicle registration.

- The MVIS will not tell you how to fix your vehicle.

- The MVIS will not fail your vehicle for cosmetic reasons.

The bottom line is that the MVIS is here to help you keep your vehicle safe and roadworthy. We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions about the safety inspection process or the safety of your vehicle.

Record-keeping requirements

The MVIS requires stations to keep records of all inspections performed and any repairs made to vehicles that fail the inspection. These records must be kept for three years and must be available for inspection upon request.

Tell me the procedure for a car inspection?

The car inspection process is as follows:

- The technician will check the vehicle's registration and insurance.

- The technician will ask you to sign a work order.

- The technician will inspect the vehicle for any safety defects.

- If the vehicle passes the inspection, the technician will issue a Safety Standards Certificate.

- If the vehicle fails the inspection, the technician will give you a list of repairs that need to be made.

You can get your vehicle inspected at any MVIS location.

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