Guide To Ontario’s Registrant Identification Number (RIN)

What is a RIN?

A RIN (short for Registrant Identification Number) is a unique 9-digit number. It is used by businesses to register a vehicle with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

Why and when do you need a RIN?

All vehicles in Ontario must be registered in order to be legally drive and be on the road. While individuals can go to register a vehicle with their driver’s licence, businesses that want to register a vehicle cannot obtain a driver’s licence because they cannot physically drive a vehicle. As such, the Ontario government created the RIN to identify business-owned vehicle’s in its motor vehicle registration system. This allows vehicles used for work purposes to be registered to a business.

How do I obtain a RIN?

A RIN can be obtained by going to your nearest ServiceOntario location with the appropriate documentation (see below for more). To find your nearest location, contact info, and hours, click here. Alternatively, if you are purchasing a vehicle, your car dealership should be able to help you register a new RIN.

Does my business need to be incorporated to obtain a RIN?

No. Your business can be a corporation, partnership, or sole proprietorship.

Do I need multiple RINs if I have multiple vehicles?

No. Once created, a RIN can be re-used to register multiple vehicles belonging to a single business.

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