Requirements to drive in Ontario
cities

Minimum requirements

To drive with M-RIDES in the Greater Toronto Area, your vehicle must meet these minimum requirements:

  • 4-door vehicle with independently opening doors
  • Good condition with no cosmetic damage
  • No commercial branding
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles
  • (Only required for PTC licensed drivers in the City of Toronto and City of Mississauga)
  • Pass a vehicle inspection by a licensed mechanic

There are many ways to drive with M-RIDES. See all of the options below and find out which ones your vehicle qualifies for.

Vehicle model year

City of Toronto, City of Mississauga, Town of Oakville, and Brampton: Your vehicle’s model year must be 7 years or newer to drive with RIDEX, and RIDE XL in the City of Toronto, City of Mississauga, Town of Oakville, and Brampton.

Greater Toronto Area (GTA): If your vehicle’s model year is 6  to 10 years or newer, you can still drive in the GTA. Note that you will not be able to pick up riders in the City of Toronto, City of Mississauga, Town of Oakville, and Brampton.

Registration

M-RIDES accepts both official and temporary registration documents. The vehicle does not need to be registered in your name to qualify.

If your vehicle is 5 years or newer, it must be registered in Ontario to enable pickups in the City of Toronto, City of Mississauga, Town of Oakville, and Brampton. For out-of-province registrations, you will be able to do pickups in the GTA but not in the City of Toronto, City of Mississauga, Town of Oakville, and Brampton.

Take photos of the following documents and upload them to your account:

  • Driver’s licence: 24+ years old, Ontario G Driver’s Licence or equivalent, 2nd proof canadian ID
  • Proof of work eligibility: Birth certificate, Citizenship card, Passport, Residency card, or Work permit
  • Vehicle registration: Both sides of the registration are required. The car must also be in good condition with no cosmetic damage, have 4 doors, no commercial branding, and cannot be rebuilt or salvaged. You are not required to own the vehicle.

Vehicle insurance: Insurance must be in your name and must be legible

Your vehicle must pass an inspection by a licenced mechanic to receive a Safety Standards (SSC) each year. You must upload a photo of this document within 36 days of passing the inspection.

If your vehicle is 5 years (2016 model year) or newer, we’ll submit an application to the City of Toronto for your Private Transportation Company (PTC) licence once you’ve passed the steps above. It should only take up to 5 days to process. Once you receive your PTC licence to drive in the City of Toronto, you will also be able to accept requests in the City of Mississauga and Town of Oakville.

If you have a vehicle older than 5 years (2016 model year), there are still options available. While you cannot pick up riders in the

City of Toronto, City of Mississauga, and Town of Oakville, you can drive in the GTA with your own insurance that is offered intact.

To see that if your vehicle is eligible to register with us? Click Here

New and existing drivers must have a background screening passed within the last calendar year.

Vehicle age

  • Vehicle models must be 8 years old or newer (2012)

Vehicle inspection

  • New drivers must upload a safety standards certificate (SSC) within 36 days of passing the inspection
  • Existing drivers must complete a vehicle inspection annually and upload an SSC within 36 days of passing the inspection

Driver’s licence

  • Must be 24+ years of age. Must be a full G license or equivalent (G1 and G2 not accepted).

Canadian proof of work

  • Canadian passports, birth certificates, citizenship cards, residency cards, and work permits. Cannot be expired.

Ontario vehicle insurance

  • Your name must be visible on the vehicle insurance pink slip. If you’re a secondary driver, include a photo of the full policy document with your name on it.

Ontario vehicle registration

  • Both sides of the registration are required. The vehicle must have 4 doors. It must be in good condition with no cosmetic damage, and it cannot be rebuilt or salvaged. No commercial branding. You are not required to own the vehicle.

Ontario safety standards certificate (SSC)

  • All vehicles must pass a safety inspection and receive a safety standards certificate (SSC).

Inspections

  • City bylaw regulators may request rides at any time to conduct vehicle and document inspections
  • Be sure to keep the following documents in your vehicle when driving:
    • Driver’s licence
    • Vehicle registration
    • Proof of insurance
    • Safety standards certificate (SSC)

Background screening

  • New and existing drivers must pass a background screening every calendar year

Vulnerable Sector Check

  • After your background screening, you’ll also need a one-time Vulnerable Sector Check
  • You can go online and complete a Vulnerable Sector Check:
    • Once you’re in the portal, you can create an account to begin the process
    • Make sure you select the option for Level 3: Vulnerable Sector Check
    • Be prepared with your Ontario driver’s licence and another piece of ID
  • You can also choose to complete a Vulnerable Sector Check in person:
    • Download this form or pick one up at a police station
    • Make sure you select the option for Level 3: Vulnerable Sector Check
    • Drop off your completed form at the Ottawa Police Station, located at 2670 Queensview Drive
    • Be sure to bring 2 pieces of valid photo ID and proof of Ottawa address
  • Once you receive your results by mail or email, take a clear photo of the front and back of the Vulnerable Sector Check results and upload the 2 photos to the driver portal.

Vehicle age

  • Vehicle models must be 10 years or newer

Vehicle inspection

  • New drivers must upload a safety standards certificate (SSC) within 36 days of passing the inspection

Driver’s licence

  • Must be 24+ years of age. Must be a full G license or equivalent (G1 and G2 not accepted).

Canadian proof of work

  • Canadian passports, birth certificates, citizenship cards, residency cards, and work permits. Cannot be expired.

Ontario vehicle insurance

  • Your name must be visible on the vehicle insurance pink slip. If you’re a secondary driver, include a photo of the full policy document with your name on it.

Ontario vehicle registration

  • Both sides of the registration are required. The vehicle must have 4 doors. It must be in good condition with no cosmetic damage, and it cannot be rebuilt or salvaged. No commercial branding. You are not required to own the vehicle.

Ontario safety standards certificate (SSC)

  • All vehicles must pass a safety inspection and receive a safety standards certificate (SSC).

Vulnerable Sector Check

  • Front and back side required. For more information, review the “Driving eligibility” section below.

Inspections

  • City bylaw regulators may request rides at any time to conduct vehicle and document inspections
  • Be sure to keep the following documents in your vehicle when driving:
    • Driver’s licence
    • Vehicle registration
    • Proof of insurance
    • Safety standards certificate (SSC)

New and existing drivers must have a background screening passed within the last calendar year.

Vehicle age

  • Vehicle models must be 10 years or newer

Vehicle inspections

  • New drivers must upload a safety standards certificate (SSC) within 60 days of passing the inspection
  • Existing drivers must complete a vehicle inspection annually and upload an SSC after passing inspection

Driver’s licence

  • Must be 24+ years of age. Must be a full G license or equivalent (G1 and G2 not accepted).

Canadian proof of work

  • Canadian passports, birth certificates, citizenship cards, residency cards, and work permits. Cannot be expired.

Ontario vehicle insurance

  • Your name must be visible on the vehicle insurance pink slip. If you’re a secondary driver, include a photo of the full policy document with your name on it.

Ontario vehicle registration

  • Both sides of the registration are required. The vehicle must have 4 doors. It must be in good condition with no cosmetic damage, and it cannot be rebuilt or salvaged. No commercial branding. You are not required to own the vehicle.

Ontario safety standards certificate (SSC)

  • All vehicles must pass a safety inspection and receive a safety standards certificate (SSC).

Stickers

  • Local bylaw regulations require all drivers to display 2 M-Rides stickers on their vehicle while driving with M-Rides in London
  • City bylaw regulators may request rides at any time to conduct vehicle and document inspections

Inspections

  • Be sure to keep the following documents in your vehicle when driving:
    • Driver’s licence
    • Vehicle registration
    • Proof of insurance
    • Safety standards certificate

New and existing drivers must have a background screening passed within the last calendar year.

Vehicle age

  • Vehicle models must be 8 years old or newer (2012)

Vehicle inspection

  • New and existing drivers must complete a vehicle inspection annually and upload a safety standards certificate (SSC) after each inspection.

Driver’s licence

  • Must be 24+ years of age. Must be a full G license or equivalent (G1 and G2 not accepted).

Canadian proof of work

  • Canadian passports, birth certificates, citizenship cards, residency cards, and work permits. Cannot be expired.

Ontario vehicle insurance

  • Your name must be visible on the vehicle insurance pink slip. If you’re a secondary driver, include a photo of the full policy document with your name on it.

Ontario vehicle registration

  • Both sides of the registration are required. The vehicle must have 4 doors. It must be in good condition with no cosmetic damage, and it cannot be rebuilt or salvaged. No commercial branding. You are not required to own the vehicle.

Ontario safety standards certificate (SSC)

  • All vehicles must pass a safety inspection and receive a safety standards certificate (SSC).

Inspections

  • City bylaw regulators may request rides at any time to conduct vehicle and document inspections
  • Be sure to keep the following documents in your vehicle when driving:
    • Driver’s licence
    • Vehicle registration
    • Proof of insurance
    • Safety standards certificate (SSC)

New and existing drivers must have a background screening passed within the last calendar year.

Vehicle age

  • Vehicle models must be 8 years old or newer (2012)

Vehicle inspection

  • New and existing drivers must complete a vehicle inspection annually and upload a safety standards certificate (SSC) after each inspection.

Driver’s licence

  • Must be 21+ years of age. Must be a full G license or equivalent (G1 and G2 not accepted).

Canadian proof of work

  • Canadian passports, birth certificates, citizenship cards, residency cards, and work permits. Cannot be expired.

Ontario vehicle insurance

  • Your name must be visible on the vehicle insurance pink slip. If you’re a secondary driver, include a photo of the full policy document with your name on it.

Ontario vehicle registration

  • Both sides of the registration are required. The vehicle must have 4 doors. It must be in good condition with no cosmetic damage, and it cannot be rebuilt or salvaged. No commercial branding. You are not required to own the vehicle.

Ontario safety standards certificate (SSC)

  • All vehicles must pass a safety inspection and receive a safety standards certificate (SSC).

Inspections

  • City bylaw regulators may request rides at any time to conduct vehicle and document inspections
  • Be sure to keep the following documents in your vehicle when driving:
    • Driver’s licence
    • Vehicle registration
    • Proof of insurance
    • Safety standards certificate (SSC)

New and existing drivers must have a background screening passed within the last calendar year.

Vehicle age

  • Vehicle models must be 8 years old or newer (2012)

Vehicle inspection

  • New and existing drivers must complete a vehicle inspection annually and upload a safety standards certificate (SSC) after each inspection.

Driver’s licence

  • Must be 24+ years of age. Must be a full G license or equivalent (G1 and G2 not accepted).

Canadian proof of work

  • Canadian passports, birth certificates, citizenship cards, residency cards, and work permits. Cannot be expired.

Ontario vehicle insurance

  • Your name must be visible on the vehicle insurance pink slip. If you’re a secondary driver, include a photo of the full policy document with your name on it.

Ontario vehicle registration

  • Both sides of the registration are required. The vehicle must have 4 doors. It must be in good condition with no cosmetic damage, and it cannot be rebuilt or salvaged. No commercial branding. You are not required to own the vehicle.

Ontario safety standards certificate (SSC)

  • All vehicles must pass a safety inspection and receive a safety standards certificate (SSC).

Inspections

  • City bylaw regulators may request rides at any time to conduct vehicle and document inspections
  • Be sure to keep the following documents in your vehicle when driving:
    • Driver’s licence
    • Vehicle registration
    • Proof of insurance
    • Safety standards certificate (SSC)

New and existing drivers must have a background screening passed within the last calendar year.

Vehicle age

  • Vehicle models must be 8 years old or newer (2012)

Vehicle inspection

  • New and existing drivers must complete a vehicle inspection annually and upload a safety standards certificate (SSC) after each inspection.

Driver’s licence

  • Must be 24+ years of age. Must be a full G license or equivalent (G1 and G2 not accepted).

Canadian proof of work

  • Canadian passports, birth certificates, citizenship cards, residency cards, and work permits. Cannot be expired.

Ontario vehicle insurance

  • Your name must be visible on the vehicle insurance pink slip. If you’re a secondary driver, include a photo of the full policy document with your name on it.

Ontario vehicle registration

  • Both sides of the registration are required. The vehicle must have 4 doors. It must be in good condition with no cosmetic damage, and it cannot be rebuilt or salvaged. No commercial branding. You are not required to own the vehicle.

Ontario safety standards certificate (SSC)

  • All vehicles must pass a safety inspection and receive a safety standards certificate (SSC).

Inspections

  • City bylaw regulators may request rides at any time to conduct vehicle and document inspections
  • Be sure to keep the following documents in your vehicle when driving:
    • Driver’s licence
    • Vehicle registration
    • Proof of insurance
    • Safety standards certificate (SSC)