Live and Drive in Ontario? Prepare to Pay More.

As of September 1, 2016 your driver’s licence will cost more as will your licence plate sticker fee.

It costs a lot to drive a car in Ontario. There’s auto insurance, fuel, gasoline and regular maintenance to name just a few expenses. Come September however, it’s going to get a bit more expensive as the fees to renew your driver’s licence and licence plate sticker are set to increase.

Beginning September 1, 2016 it will now cost $90 for your driver’s licence up from $81.50, and your licence plate sticker will cost:

  • $60 if you live in northern Ontario (up from $54)
  • $120 if you live in southern Ontario (up from $108

According to ServiceOntario, "The revenue generated from the fee changes will help support the maintenance of provincial roads, highways and bridges. Even with the increase, Ontario drivers are still paying lower fees than many other provinces in Canada."

Want to save $12 on your licence plate renewal?

According to, many drivers can steer clear of the coming licence plate fee increase by "pre-renewing".

Turns out you can pre-renew your licence plate sticker up to 180 days (about six months) in advance; so if your plates are up for renewal in the next 180 days, you can renew before September 1 and pay the lower fee.

To see the full list of fees that will be changing, visit this ServiceOntario Q & A. And, if you want to beat the increase, you can renew your licence plate sticker online at the lower cost.

It all adds up

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