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Renew your Vehicle Permit (plate)

When renewing your vehicle permit, be sure you are correctly entering your information as shown on your renewal notice. You can also find the information on your vehicle permit if you do not have your renewal notice.

Sample renewal notice:

Sample renewal notice

Renewal notice heavy commercial:

Renewal notice heavy commercial:

Sample vehicle permit:

Providing your insurance information

When you apply for a vehicle registration or renewal (plate, temporary permit or in-transit), you must provide your complete insurance information. You can find this information on your motor vehicle liability policy.

Service Nova Scotia may contact your insurance company to verify the information you provide. It is a serious offence to make a false statement. If convicted, penalties could include fines, prison or both.

The requirement for insurance information does not apply to off-highway vehicles, trailers, semi-trailers, miscellaneous towed vehicles and vehicles registered under the International Registration Plan.

Driving with your 10-day interim vehicle permit

When you complete your plate renewal online, you can print your receipt as a 10-day interim vehicle permit. You are allowed to operate your vehicle for up to 10 days while you wait for your renewed vehicle permit and registration sticker in the mail. The vehicle must display the appropriate licence plate(s) and previously issued registration sticker.

Print your receipt and keep in in your vehicle. It is an interim vehicle permit that allows you to drive your vehicle for up to 10 days while you wait for your new vehicle permit and sticker to arrive in the mail. Keep your licence plate on your vehicle while you wait, even if the old sticker has expired.

Troubleshooting error messages and problems

You may encounter the following error message:

This vehicle permit cannot be renewed online as the information entered is incorrect or this vehicle permit is not eligible for online renewal. Please click here for more information.

You may receive this message for one of the reasons indicated below.

  1. Your vehicle permit is not expiring within the next two months.
  2. Your plate or vehicle type is not renewable online.
  3. You have outstanding defaulted fines.
  4. You have an outstanding suspension related to your vehicle, plate and/or vehicle permit.
  5. Your Nova Scotia Safety Code - Commercial Carrier Registration has expired or has an unsatisfactory rating (as noted below).
  6. You entered information within the online services page that is not correct or is inconsistent with the Registry of Motor Vehicles database.

Your vehicle permit is not expiring within the next two months.

How to proceed:

  • Verify that you have entered the correct expiry date.
  • Wait until you are within two months of the expiry date, as noted on your vehicle permit and then renew.

Your plate or vehicle type is not renewable online.

Your plate or vehicle type is not renewable online, because you have:

  • firefighter plates (requires documentation from firefighter chief or deputy chief)
  • volunteer firefighter plates (requires documentation from firefighter chief or deputy chief)
  • Ground Search and Rescue plates (requires documentation from ground search team president)
  • prorate plates (International Registration Plan)
  • commercial plate with condition 105 - one way allocated (prorate)
  • ambulance (requires documentation from Department of Health)

How to proceed:

Renew by mail or in-person and provide the appropriate additional supporting documentation as noted on your vehicle permit renewal letter.

You have outstanding defaulted fines.

You have one of the following outstanding defaulted fines:

  • Halifax Regional Municipality parking tickets
  • motor vehicle related fines
  • Privilege Reinstatement fee for outstanding fines

How to proceed:

If some Registry of Motor Vehicle services have been restricted on your account due to unpaid motor vehicle or parking fines, renewals cannot be processed using this service until all outstanding amounts, including the privilege reinstatement fee, are paid. You can pay fines and the reinstatement fee online. You can also pay them in-person or by mail.

You have an outstanding suspension related to your vehicle, plate and/or vehicle permit.

You are not able to perform Registry of Motor Vehicle transactions until a particular matter has been resolved (i.e. NSF cheque, proof of insurance, outstanding vehicle tax, or proof of motor vehicle inspection).

How to proceed:

Submit the appropriate application and fee for all applicable outstanding suspensions by mail or in-person before applying to renew your vehicle permit.

Your Nova Scotia Safety Code - Commercial Carrier Registration has expired or has an unsatisfactory rating

Your Nova Scotia Safety Code - Commercial Carrier Registration has expired or has an unsatisfactory rating as noted below:

  • Your vehicle has a registered vehicle weight greater than 4500 kgs and you have an expired commercial carrier registration or an unsatisfactory rating.
  • Your bus has a seating capacity of more than 10 and you have an expired commercial carrier registration or an unsatisfactory rating.

How to proceed:

Submit the appropriate application and fee to renew your commercial carrier registration by mail or in-person before applying to renew your vehicle permit.

You entered information within the online services page that is not correct or is inconsistent with the Registry of Motor Vehicles database.

How to proceed:

Review the information you entered with your renewal notice or vehicle permit.

  • Ensure you've entered the correct Master Number. This is the first 5 letters of your last name followed by 9 numbers.
    Nova Scotia Driver's Licence
    New Nova Scotia Driver's Licence
    Nova Scotia Identification Card
    Nova Scotia Identification Card
  • Make sure the VIN/Serial number you’ve entered is correct.

Make the necessary corrections and try again. If you are still unable to proceed you’ll need to contact us by phone or in person.

Contact us

If a valid vehicle permit and registration sticker is not received within 10 days of renewal, or you have questions or require information about your vehicle contact Service Nova Scotia

Email:
rmv@novascotia.ca
Toll-Free:
1-800-898-7668
Telephone:
902-424-5851

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