Defective Ontario License Plate Warranty!!!

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Defective Ontario License Plate Warranty!!!

Service Ontario has replaced over 130,000 sets of defective license plates over the last year.  If you are pulled over for the license plate you will be charged!  It is in your best interest to get the FREE replacement now!  BTW the 407 cameras can read the plates!

Ontario licence plates are covered by the manufacturer-warranty for up to 5 years – under normal wear and tear.

If the lamination started peeling and bubbling within five years of you getting the plates, the manufacturer warranty applies and you’ll receive the replacements at no charge. Otherwise, there is a $57 fee to replace them.

If the lamination on your plate(s) is peeling or bubbling please visit a ServiceOntario centre to get them replaced.

You must bring both plates in for replacement, even if only one has peeling or bubbling. You may have noticed already:

  • visible signs of peeling – making the numbers and/or letters hard to read
  • bubbling around the numbers and/or letters, making them hard to read
  • paint is worn off in some or all areas

Bring the two plates, along with the following items, to the nearest ServiceOntario centre:

  • identification (e.g. driver’s licence)
  • proof of valid insurance from an insurance provider licensed in Ontario
  • the vehicle permit (plate and vehicle portions)






If you do not have the vehicle permit you can have it replaced at a ServiceOntario centre at an additional charge.

6 thoughts on “Defective Ontario License Plate Warranty!!!

  1. Ghislain Leblond
    May 1, 2019

    I have a veteran plate that I have obtained as soon as they became available ( 1V serie) and wish to keep the same number, How can I do that?.

  2. January 24, 2020

    Just got pulled over yesterday – plate is 11 years old – got warning ticket by Ottawa police – went to service Ontario with plates/insurance/ownership+driver licence – they replaced it on the spot with brand new plates – NO CHARGE!

    • Paul Crossman
      January 24, 2020

      Glad to hear it is still in effect!

  3. Mary
    August 17, 2020

    I got a ticket for my peeling plates a few weeks ago and went into a Service Ontario and got mine replaced this morning for free as well. Have had my B series plates for 7 years.

  4. April
    March 19, 2021

    Replaced my B – plates this morning that I have had for 8.5 yrs (would’ve been 9yrs if they would have been able to last until Sept 2021) due to bubbling, the paint flaking and disintegrating at the slightest touch. So happy that they were still covered at no charge due to the B-series defect.

  5. Ronald Edgley
    March 22, 2021

    We have personalized plates that are peeling off like a sheet of paper.
    What is required to get them replaced?

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