Tow Truck Licence

We currently are not accepting in-person appointments for Licensing Applications. Please contact the By-law and licensing Clerk via email for information on how to apply for a licence.

Apply for a Tow Truck Licence

For information regarding tow truck licensing, or to request a tow truck application package contact the By-law and licensing Clerk at 905-747-6497 or via emailPlease note that failure to attend a scheduled appointment may result in further fees being applied to the Tow Truck License application.

Tow Truck Driver Application

Apply for Tow Truck Plate Holder Licence Application

Applications submitted after the June 30 licence expiry date may be subject to a late fee of $220.

Tow Truck Plate Holder Licence Application

Required documents

Tow Truck Plate Holder required documents
  •  A completed application form
  • Payment for the appropriate fees (Owner/Broker Licence fee and identification card fee, see below)
  • Proof of eligibility to gain employment in Canada (Canadian Passport, Canadian citizenship card, Canadian Birth Certificate, record of landing papers, Certificate of Indian Status, Permanent Resident Card, Work Permit)
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Ontario Master Business Licence (if applicable)
  • Vehicle Ownership
  • Proof of Insurance
  • Proof of MTO Safety Certificate (Valid for 35 days)
  • A Police Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check (Valid for 60 days)
  • Vehicle Inspection Report (MTO) (Valid for 60 days)
  • Schedule of Rates
Tow Truck Driver required documents
  • A completed application form
  • Payment for the appropriate fees (Operator/Driver Licence fee and identification card fee, see below)
  • Proof of eligibility to gain employment in Canada (Canadian Passport, Citizenship documents, Permanent Resident Card, Work Permit, Canadian Birth Certificate)
  • Valid Canadian Driver’s Licence
  • Driver’s Record Search (MTO) (Valid for 30 days)
  • Commercial Vehicle Driver’s Record (CVDR) from the MTO (if applicable)
  • A Police Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check (Valid for 60 days)
  • Proof of employment with licensed Tow Truck Owner/Broker
Service Fee (2020)
New Owner/Broker licence (per licence plate) $2,208.00
Renewal Owner/Broker licence (per licence plate) $441.00
Driver/Operator licence $275.00
Owner/Broker/Driver Identification Card $16.00
Late renewal penalty $220.00
Replacement Owner/Broker plate $30.00
Replacement tariff card $30.00
Appeal Hearing $415.00
Appointment No Show Fee $50.00
Re-Inspection Fee $25.00
Permission to Tow Form Replacement Fee $10.00

Licensing By-law

The Tow Truck Licensing By-Law requires all tow trucks, and tow truck drivers to be licensed. Tow truck drivers must have you sign a Permission to Tow Form outlining costs and where your vehicle will go before they may tow your vehicle.

Price list for towing services:

Service

Price

Collision scene towing

$250

Non-collision scene towing

$125

Winching

$103

Indoor storage

$60 per day

Outdoor storage

$55 per day

Wait time

$17 per 15 minutes

Wait time

$68 per hour

Towing for the first 30 km

$3.10 per km

Towing after the first 30 km

$1.55 per km

Rules for Towing and Vehicle Storage

Updated provincial requirements for tow truck operators and vehicle storage facilities are now in effect.  Consumer Protection Ontario's Fact Sheet outlines the new rules.  

Frequently Asked Questions 

What do Licensing Officers look for when licensing a tow truck?

Licensing Officers complete tow truck inspections and make sure the truck and operator meet strict standards including:

  • Safety for riders such as operational seat belts, operational door locks and secure bumpers
  • Safety materials for an accident scene such as flares, first aid kit and absorbent material for cleaning spills on roads
  • Safety materials for towing and lifting such as flares, two large tow safety chains, one large wheel lift and flashing amber lights
  • Comfort for riders such as a clean interior and proper armrests

A tow truck must pass inspection to get a licence.

How does Richmond Hill protect me while using a tow truck service?

Richmond Hill's Tow Truck Licensing By-Law keeps your safety in mind and makes sure rules are followed including:

  • Tow trucks must have insurance
  • Tow truck  drivers must undergo a criminal record check
  • Tow truck drivers must have a valid driver's licence, and a good driving record 
  • Your property and the contents of your car must be kept safe during a tow
  • You must be towed to an agreed upon location
  • Tow truck operators must provide access to the Tow Rate Sheet above
  • You must complete and be provided a copy of the Permission to tow form before your vehicle is towed