Your Guide to the Sworn Statement for a Family Gift of a Used Motor Vehicle in the Province of Ontario

What is a Sworn Statement for a Family Gift of a Used Motor Vehicle in the Province of Ontario?

In Ontario, you can transfer the ownership of your vehicle to any of your family members without paying the retail sales tax on the transfer. However, you’ll need to get your documents in order and notarize a sworn statement before visiting ServiceOntario.

Who can you transfer the ownership to? 

Retail sales tax is waived when the vehicle transfer is made between any of the following family members:

  • a spouse;
  • parent or step-parent;
  • grandparent or step-grandparent;
  • son/daughter or step-son/daughter;
  • grandson/daughter or step-grandson/daughter;
  • granddaughter or step-granddaughter;
  • son/daughter-in-law;
  • father/mother-in-law; or
  • sibling, half siblings (siblings with a common parent) or adopted siblings (siblings with a common parent through adoption).

What to Bring to ServiceOntario? 

You will need to bring the following documents to a ServiceOntario centre:

a completed plate transfer declaration if you are also transferring the licence plate (this is required on spouse-to-spouse transfers in order to exempt them from the Safety Standards Certificate).

Restrictions or Limitations? 

Only one exempt transfer of the same vehicle, between family members, is allowed within a 12-month period.

Swearing or Affirming Your Sworn Statement

The statement must be sworn or affirmed that the information is true before a commissioner for taking affidavits or a notary public. It is a criminal offence to swear a false or misleading affidavit and it is your responsibility to make sure that the information is true. 

Up until recently, sworn statements were required to be signed and witnessed in-person. The Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General is now permitting lawyers and notaries to virtually witness the physical signing of sworn statements. Once the statement is complete, you can book an appointment online to notarize the form using our remote online notarization service.

Yes, as of September 17, 2020, the Government of Ontario confirmed it will accept electronically signed copies of the Sworn Statement for a Family Gift of a Used Vehicle (Form 1157E – Download link) form which is used by family members to transfer a vehicle tax-free to another family member.

The Government of Ontario also confirmed that it will accept e-signed copies of the Sworn Statement for the Transfer of a Used Vehicle in the Province of Ontario.

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How can Notary Pro Help? 

At Notary Pro, we can help you to commission your sworn statement before a notary public. We offer convenient in-person notary services with locations all over Canada, or remote online notarization. Visit us at www.notarypro.ca to see how we can help you further?

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