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RIV inspection

It is the importer’s responsibility to complete the Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV) inspection within 45 days (or 1 year for salvage vehicles) from the date of import. All required modifications must be completed prior to the RIV inspection. If you are having trouble completing the RIV inspection within 45 days (or 1 year for salvage vehicles) it is important to Contact us.

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Failure to pass the RIV inspection process within the specified time will make the vehicle non-compliant. The importer will receive written notification, outlining fines and penalties under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, and dictating that the vehicle must be removed from Canada.

Please contact the Inspection Centre facility ahead of time in order to arrange for an appointment, some locations have designated time slots for Federal Inspections.

Canadian Tire and a number of independent centres across Canada have been authorized to perform RIV inspections. Select your province and city to view a list of inspection centres in your area.

Once the vehicle has passed the RIV inspection process, the inspection centre will stamp your Vehicle Import Form - Form 1. Keep the stamped copy of your Vehicle Import Form - Form 1 as it will be required for registration and licensing of the vehicle.

RIV will send you a Canadian Statement of Compliance (SOC) label with instructions on where to affix it to your vehicle.

If you are having trouble completing the RIV inspection within 45 days (or 1 year for salvage vehicles) it is important to Contact us.


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