A Safety Standards Certificate in Toronto
You can buy and register a vehicle without a safety standards certificate, but cannot put plates on a vehicle without one.
To get a certificate, your vehicle must first pass an inspection at an inspection station, licensed by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO).
When you need a certificate
You need a safety standard inspection and certificate if you are:
registering a rebuilt vehicle
transferring a used vehicle to a new owner (unless the new owner is your spouse)
registering a vehicle in Ontario that was bought in or came from another province, territory or country
changing the status of a vehicle from unfit to fit