04.11.2017 | Driving Tips
Drive Clean Emission Testing
If your vehicle is seven years or older, you are required to complete a Drive Clean Emissions Test every two years upon renewing your vehicle’s registration or during a transfer of ownership.
The Drive Clean test ensures your vehicle is operating without emitting a high level of harmful emissions. While many new vehicles are more efficient, older vehicles tend to have a higher risk of failing the Drive Clean test.
Your vehicle must receive a pass or conditional pass on its Drive Clean test in order to renew your vehicle’s registration. If your vehicle fails, you cannot renew your vehicle until you receive a pass or conditional pass. If you are caught driving without valid registration, you may be charged and may be labelled as a High Risk driver.
The good news is, starting April. 1st, 2017, the Drive Clean Test fee is one less cost Ontario Drivers have to worry about when it comes to vehicle registration renewal. The Ontario government has decided to get rid of the fee for your first test at renewal time.
As of April. 1st, 2017, Ontario Drivers will no longer be required to pay the Drive Clean Emissions Test.
This means, Ontario Drivers will no longer be required to pay the fee associated with the test but you will still be required to complete an emissions test upon renewal if your vehicle is 7 years or older. And, if your vehicle fails its first test, you will be required to pay the fee for retesting your vehicle.
In addition to scrapping the fee associated with the first Drive Clean Test at renewal time, the Ontario government has changed the law regarding consecutive Conditional Passes. If your vehicle receives a condition pass, your next test must result in an unconditional pass. Repairs are completed at the owner’s expense until a pass is received.
Once your vehicle passes, you will receive a Vehicle Inspection Report indicating “Pass”. That report will be required to complete your registration renewal or a transfer of ownership.
Certain vehicles are required to complete the test, even if they are not 7 years old. If you’re unsure if you need to complete a Drive Clean test, you can check the status of your vehicle here. To check your vehicle’s status, you will need your vehicle’s registration and the date on your license plate sticker.
If you drive a Volkswagen Porsche or Audi, your vehicle may have been affected a recall relating to emissions testing. To learn more about the recall, visit the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change website here.
Completing Your Drive Clean Test
- Check the status of your vehicle
- Visit an accredited Drive Clean Testing centre
- Complete the Drive Clean Test
- Complete any repairs required after a failed test at a Drive Clean Repair Accredited centre
- Have your “Passed” Vehicle Inspection Report ready upon registration renewal