It’s crazy how un-well documented the process is for transferring car ownership between family members in Ontario. My dad is passing off his car to me, and there was an unbelievable amount of conflicting information online.
Here’s the process transferring ownership tax free between linear family members (with no UVIP, Used Vehicle Information Package)
1. Download the Family Gift of used vehicle sworn statement. Both parties need to be present to and have it signed before a commissioner or a notary public (what a pain, supposedly ‘most’ vehicle offices have a commissioner on site)
2. Sign the green slip on the back of vehicle ownership.
3. If you would like to keep the same plates, sign the Plate declaration form available at MTO counter.
4. Safety standards certificate – May cost $50-80 dollars from an inspection station (if it doesn’t pass you’ll need to perform the repairs before acquiring the SSC – it’s valid for 36 days. Note, that transfer between spouses is the only scenario in which no safety test is required.
5. Proof of valid insurance. You will need to transfer the ownership before your transfer the insurance so make sure your current insurance will be valid after the transfer and up until you create a new policy.
6. You may possibly also need a Drive clean certificate. Not required for current model years. e-Tests are good for one year. Most garages should also be able to do this for $30-40 dollars, they should have your record on computer so you know if you need it or not.
Six steps. Not as simple as I thought. In Toronto you can call 416-235-2999 and follow up if there are any changes to the process.