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  Canada Import Regulation
Before you Import Vehicle
  • You must have the required documentation: title documents, registration, sales receipts, statement of compliance label and manufacturer's recall clearance letter.

  • Make sure your vehicle is admissible and can be modified to meet Canadian requirements by checking Transport Canada's List of Vehicles Admissible from the United States.

  • The Registrar of Imported Vehicles program regulates only vehicles originally manufactured for the U.S. market. Vehicles originally manufactured to standards other than the U.S. or Canada, are inadmissible into Canada under the current laws. The program regulates passenger cars, trucks, vans, jeeps, chassis cabs, trailers, motorcycles, off-road vehicles and snowmobiles less than 15 years old.

  • Contact the original equipment manufacturer or authorized dealer of your vehicle to obtain a recall clearance letter. You must have this document in order to pass the federal inspection.

  • You must have this document in order to pass the federal inspection.

  • Collect information from the manufacturer or authorized dealer on costs and availability of parts for the required modifications. Some manufacturers require an authorized dealer perform the modifications.

  • Check the additional costs, such as duty and taxes. Canada Border Services Agency, responsible for assessing and collecting duties and taxes, can be reached at 1-800-461-9999 (in Canada) or (506) 636-5064 (outside Canada).

  • For more information on the importation of vehicles into Canada from countries other than the United States, go to Transport Canada's web site (http://www.tc.gc.ca) as well as Canada Border Services Agency's web site.
Documents Necessary At The Border
  • Present your Title Documents, Registration and Sales Receipts.

  • Fulfill Complete Vehicle Import Form (Form 1), which Canada Border Services Agency will provide.

  • Canada Border Services Agency will check your vehicle against Transport Canada's List of Vehicles Admissible from the United States.

  • Canada Border Services Agency will collect your nonrefundable Registrar of Imported Vehicles' fee of $195.00 + GST in all provinces except (Quebec where it is $195.00 + GST and QST).

  • Canada Border Services Agency does not accept cash or cheques for the RIV fee. If you wish to pay by cheque or money order, Canada Border Services Agency will provide you with a payment envelope which must be mailed to the Registrar of Imported Vehicles.
    Please note that all personal cheques will be held for ten business days in order to allow them to clear the bank. This will use up a portion of your 45 day time limit.

  • Transport Canada has contracted with Livingston International to establish and operate the national program of vehicle inspection, certification and registration, known as the Registrar of Imported Vehicles.

  • The Registrar of Imported Vehicles will not issue a federal inspection form or any specific modification information for a vehicle with an unpaid file.
    It is important that you do not proceed with any modificaitions(sp) on your vehicle until you receive this federal inspection form. If the file remains unpaid for 14 days after importation, we will send the importer a reminder of notice; if payment still has not been received within the proscribed 45 days after the date of importation, the file will be forwarded to Transport Canada for enforcement.

    The Registrar of Imported Vehicles
    TORONTO - Ontario
    1-888-848-8240
    Fax: (416) 626-0366
    405 The West Mall, Suite 500
    Toronto ON M9C 5K7
    Gary Moriarty, Deputy Registrar
    Christina Bewes, Manager of Operations
    Web site: www.riv.ca
    E-mail: info@riv.ca
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When Vehicle Entered in Canada
  • you will receive a letter within 10 days from RIV with your inspection document (Form 2) which details what must be done to bring your vehicle into compliance.

  • Complete the necessary modifications within 45 days. It will your choice to modifications by mechanic or garage.

  • You keep receipts for parts and labour, to present at the inspection, along with Form 1, Form 2 and the recall clearance letter.

  • The RIV has contracted with Canadian Tire, with 430 locations across Canada

  • When you pass the inspection, the inspection centre will stamp your Form 1, that you will have to present to the provincial or territorial licensing authority, which may require additional testing.

  • You will get a new Canadian Certification label with instructions on where to affix it to your vehicle within approximately one week.

  • If your vehicle fails the inspection, you will have to pay additional charges for another inspection. If the vehicle cannot pass the inspection within the 45 days, vehicle will have to be back to US.

  • If You have any problem about 45 day deadline!
    You may contact us
    E-mail: info@riv.ca or
    Call: 1-888-848-8240.

Fees for Imported Vehicle
  • you will receive a letter within 10 days from RIV with your inspection document (Form 2) which details what must be done to bring your vehicle into compliance.

  • Complete the necessary modifications within 45 days. It will your choice to modifications by mechanic or garage.

  • You keep receipts for parts and labour, to present at the inspection, along with Form 1, Form 2 and the recall clearance letter.

  • The RIV has contracted with Canadian Tire, with 430 locations across Canada

  • When you pass the inspection, the inspection centre will stamp your Form 1, that you will have to present to the provincial or territorial licensing authority, which may require additional testing.

  • You will get a new Canadian Certification label with instructions on where to affix it to your vehicle within approximately one week.

  • If your vehicle fails the inspection, you will have to pay additional charges for another inspection. If the vehicle cannot pass the inspection within the 45 days, vehicle will have to be back to US.

  • If You have any problem about 45 day deadline!
    You may contact us
    E-mail: info@riv.ca or
    Call: 1-888-848-8240.
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