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Guy uses magic marker to update his plate sticker, gets caught

If you are caught driving with an expired plate sticker, you are subject to a $110 fine
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A home made validation sticker didn't fool police. Courtesy OPP.

Here's one you don't see every day.

A person tried to make their own license plate validation sticker with a magic marker, but obviously botched the job. With expired tags on your car, you give the police just cause to stop you.

"This dirty plate cover and a black marker were not enough to trick the keen eye of a Huntsville OPP officer this (Monday) afternoon on Hwy 11. Turns out the driver was also suspended... so they are headed to Court," tweeted the officer.

If you are caught driving with an expired plate sticker, you are subject to a $110 fine. 

And where a licence plate or plate cover is dirty, damaged, or discoloured and the licence plate is not clearly visible, the operator is subject to a fine of $85 (plus court costs and victim fine surcharges).

Police do not have to see you driving to write you a ticket. If they spot your car parked in public without tags, cops can leave a ticket on your windshield just as they would for any other parking violation. 

And you can only get the licence plate sticker renewed if you have valid insurance.

The penalty for driving without valid automobile insurance, on the first conviction will not be less than $5,000 and not more than $25,000.

Meanwhile, the Province has extended time limits on some products and services .

"We are extending the validity of government driver, vehicle and carrier products and services that expired on or after March 1, 2020. These will continue to remain valid and legal past the expiry until further notice. This is in an effort to help keep people safe, reduce the need for in-person visits to ServiceOntario and stop the spread of COVID-19."

The government is: extending driver's licences expiration dates, temporary driver’s licences (TDL), driving instructor (DI) licence and driving schools, Ontario Photo Card (OPC)

  • extending the Enhanced Driver’s Licence (EDL) expiration date for driving purposes only. The expired EDL will not be valid as a travel document
  • extending rules governing Conduct Review Program timelines
  • extending driver training programs time limitations
  • extending over 1-year and under 3-year provisions for driver’s licences
  • extending licence plate sticker validation including International Registration Plan (IRP)
  • extending 10-day special permits and temporary validation
  • extending the requirement to register a vehicle (including snow vehicles) within six days.
  • extending the requirement to change address or vehicle modification within six days
  • extending the Safety Standards Certificate and Structural Inspection Certificate
  • extending International Registration Plan (IRP) Cab Cards
  • extending the Commercial Vehicle Operator's Registration (CVOR), annual oversize/overweight permits and semi-annual and annual vehicle inspections
  • amending effective date for mandatory electronic emission test for heavy diesel commercial vehicles from July 1, 2020 to Oct 1, 2020
  • extending expiration dates for Receipts from online renewals beyond 14 days
  • If you are required to submit a medical or vision report to the Ministry of Transportation, we are extending your due date by 60 days or more.

* Note that new vehicles and un-plated vehicles would continue to require a visit to ServiceOntario for registration and plating.

Products with extended validity from March 17, 2020 onwards:

  • extended validation of accessible parking permits for people with disabilities (permanent, subject to change or temporary), travelers, visitors, motorcyclists and corporations

Where possible, we encourage you to use the ministry’s online services. Find out what services are available online.