What is an Ontario CVOR?

All provinces in Canada are required to issue a National Safety Code number to all commercial carriers in their governing jurisdiction.  Ontario calls this number a Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration or CVOR.
Ontario CVOR
The goal of this system is to monitor the safety of commercial vehicles and remove from service those operators who are unsafe.  The CVOR system is part of the Carrier Safety Rating (CSR) program.   Carriers are assessed a safety rating based on their performance during roadside inspections, tickets, and accidents and during on-site safety audits.

Carriers in Ontario are required to comply with the following Acts:

The Highway Traffic Act
Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act
Public Vehicles Act
Motor Vehicle Transport Act
Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act
Fuel Tax Act

Who is required to obtain a CVOR?

If you operate the following motor vehicles:

  • Trucks that have a gross weight or registered gross weight over 4,500 kg (9,920 lb) and
  • Buses that have a seating capacity of ten or more passengers.
  • Commercial vehicles plated in either the United States or Mexico
  • *NEW* All tow truck operators


Carriers that operate certain types of vehicles do not need a CVOR certificate. These vehicles include:

  • A truck or bus that is plated in another Canadian jurisdiction
  • A truck with a registered gross weight (RGW) and a gross weight of 4,500 kg or less, whether towing a trailer or not
  • A truck or bus leased by an individual for 30 days or less to move their personal goods, or to carry passengers at no fare
  • An ambulance, fire apparatus, hearse, casket wagon, mobile crane or tow truck
  • A truck or bus operating under the authority of a dealer plate or an in-transit permit
  • A bus used for personal purposes without compensation
  • A motor home used for personal purposes
  • A pickup truck used for personal purposes

How to apply for an Ontario CVOR

Operators are required to fill out an application and submit a fee of $250.00 to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.  It takes about 10 business days for the MTO to complete the application and issue a CVOR number.

Ontario based carriers will have to also pass a written knowledge test issued by Service Ontario for a $32.00 fee.

CVOR’s are renewed annually by submitting updated information and a fee of $50.00.

Unsafe operators beware

Operators will have to provide driver’s license numbers, the jurisdiction of driver’s license and address of all owners/officers of the company during the application process.  Ontario uses this information to cross reference data they have compiled.  The purpose of this is to prevent unsafe operators from opening up new companies and obtaining a different CVOR number.  It is difficult if not impossible to obtain a new CVOR if your former company was put out of service by the MTO or had a terrible safety rating.

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More information on Ontario CVOR

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