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Drive Clean test fees are eliminated as of April 1, 2017

The $30 Drive Clean initial testing fee for light-duty vehicles at each registration renewal was eliminated as of April 1, 2017.

The following test fees will continue to be paid by the consumer:

  • Heavy-duty vehicle test fees
  • Retest fees (retests conducted after a vehicle fails its initial free test, or as part of the program’s onboard diagnostics (OBD) readiness relief procedure)
    • Second and third retests conducted at the original testing Drive Clean facility (DCF) will remain $17.50
  • All other retests, including any conducted at a different testing DCF than the original test will continue to be $30
  • Any other test not required for renewal purposes (i.e., a consumer asks for a Drive Clean test for consumer protection purposes at the time of buying a used vehicle) - DCFs can charge up to $30 for these tests.

The Vehicle Inspection Report that the vehicle owner receives when the Drive Clean test has been completed will state whether the test was free.

Ontario is eliminating the fee to reduce the burden on individual vehicle owners (households). Fee elimination will also reduce the surplus that has occurred over the past few years.

When Drive Clean began in 1999 there were significant start-up costs and deficits were run until 2010/ 2011.  We have since modernized the program which has resulted in cost savings.

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