A certificate of registration must be renewed annually and may be reissued before its expiration date.
Vehicle registration expires on the last day of the expiration month for persons or organizations according to the following. The date is established by associating the first and/or second character of the applicant’s last name or the company name. The prefix ‘The’ in a company name shall be ignored when establishing the expiration date, and the first character after the word ‘The’ will be used. All numerical named applicants shall be assigned the expiration month of January. January=A, I, J, Ke, U, X, #; February=M, Q; March=B, Y; April=D, G; May=C, N; June=Cl, H, Sc; July=Av, Be, L, Sz, V, Z; August=E, Gr, R; September=F, Po, T; October=S; November=K, P; December=Me, O, W.
Registration period shall normally be no longer than 18 months. Vehicles registered in a passenger class category shall be the only exception, with a 30-month maximum registration period. Commercial plates with an annual fee of more than C$500 may qualify for a quarterly registration program.
When the ownership of a vehicle passes by reason of death, the registration of the vehicle does not expire for that registration year and the following persons may operate the vehicle under the deceased person’s registration: (1) spouse of the deceased; (2) a person having proper temporary custody of the vehicle until the grant of probate; and (3) the personal representative of the estate of the deceased.