Tow Truck Owners
A licence is required to own a tow truck, which is a vehicle that the public can pay to tow other vehicles. Individual owners may drive their tow truck without obtaining a separate tow truck driver licence.
Individuals, partnerships or corporations.
Apply in person at the Licence & Permit Issuing Office located inside the East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell, 3rd floor.
Original documents required for all applications (and renewal transactions).
Two pieces of government-issued identification (one must be photo ID):
- Canadian Passport (Photo ID)
- Driver’s Licence (Photo ID)
- Canadian Birth Certificate
- Citizenship Card
- Permanent Resident Card
- SIN Card (Social Insurance Number)
- Valid Work Permit
Criminal Records/Background Check
- Issued within the last 280 days
- First and last names must match on all identification
- We do not accept Health Cards
Partnerships and corporations must also provide the following:
- a business location/address;
- a copy of provincial business name registration or signed franchise agreement; and
- a partnership agreement
- a copy of Articles of Incorporation. (Note: If there has been a change to the list of officers and directors, please also provide a current Corporate Profile Report.)
If the president, director or officer of the corporation is unable to apply in person at the Licence & Permit Issuing Office, a designate may apply on their behalf. The designate must:
- have an original letter advising of their signing authority on the corporation letterhead;
- provide two pieces of identification for themselves; and
- provide two pieces of identification for each officer and director of the corporation, or, if original identification is not available, notarized photocopies of the identification.
Applicants must provide an original criminal record/background check issued by a Canadian Police Service within 280 days prior to the application.
Note: A criminal record/background check is required for all corporate officers and directors.
All tow truck operators must obtain and hold a valid Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration (CVOR) certificate.
This applies to all tow trucks regardless of weight.
The “operator” is the person or legal entity responsible for all drivers, vehicles and loads in their operation. One CVOR certificate is required for all tow trucks within that operator’s fleet.
A copy of the CVOR certificate (or the original) must be carried in each tow truck operated under the CVOR.
Drivers must surrender the certificate for inspection when requested by a Ministry of Transportation (MTO) enforcement officer or police officer.
Applicants must present a valid provincial driver’s licence.
Applicants must provide proof of
- $100,000 in Comprehensive General Liability (CGL) insurance
- $25,000 in Legal Liability insurance for damage to customers’ vehicles while in the care, custody or control
- $50,000 in Cargo insurance
- $2,000,000 in Personal Liability and Personal Damage (PLPD) insurance.
A form certificate will be provided at time of application for your insurance provider to complete.
Original completed forms that are signed and stamped by the insurer can be submitted by fax and emailed directly from the insurer.
Staff will take a photo of the applicant at the Licence & Permit Issuing Office.
Applicants must provide a list of rates charged to customers.
Provide a description of:
- Facilities, including the location, size and services provided
- Any related contracts and agreements for all vehicle storage facilities or body shops owned or with which the owner has an agreement within or outside of the City of Toronto.
An original copy of the provincial vehicle registration, where the name and address match the applicant’s.
If the applicant is a partnership or corporation, the vehicle ownership must be registered to the partnership or corporation.
If you lease your vehicle, a lease contract must be provided.
The invoice that the company will use to bill customers must be approved by City staff. Only originals can be accepted.
The sheet which tow truck drivers will use to record their tows must be approved by City staff.
It must include:
- The name of the tow truck owner
- The name of the tow truck driver
- A description of the vehicle towed including its provincial motor vehicle permit number, the rate charged and the total charge collected.
An original valid Safety Standards Certificate by an approved Ministry of Transportation Vehicle Inspection Centre.
After a completed application is submitted, staff will obtain a copy of the applicant’s driving record abstract: a three year driving history recorded by the Ministry of Transportation. This record may also be supplied by the applicant, but should be less than 30 days old.
This record, along with other documents submitted, will determine whether there are concerns with the applicant obtaining a licence.
Your licence will expire annually on the anniversary of the date that the licence was first issued.
The renewal fee is $781.85
A renewal notice, identifying any documents required to renew the licence, will be mailed to the address on file.
Payments received after the licence expiry date are subject to late fees in addition to the annual licence fee.
If you fail to renew your licence within 90 days of the specified renewal date, your licence will be cancelled and you will have to reapply.