cvor tow trucking

What is CVOR?

CVOR is an operating authority that allows businesses and individuals to operate qualified commercial transport in Ontario.

People have driver licenses.
"Businesses" have "CVOR licenses."

As of January 1st 2017 (later extended to May 31 2017) tow truckers will have to be registered for a CVOR operating authority.

How to apply?

Download and fill this application form

A free trial of our preparation course contains a video guide how to fill out an application.

How long does it take to process?

The short answer is: Apply today!

The complete answer is "it varies" and it involves:

  • submitting your application
  • MTO processing your application then sending you a letter "written test required"
  • you passing knowledge test
  • MTO issuing a CVOR certificate

What's different with CVOR requirement in place?

You will have to carry a copy of a CVOR certificate in each vehicle. Any safety related 'event' will be recorded against CVOR number. Watch the video for details.

What's next?

Having your CVOR registration in place is a great first milestone. Since the tow trucking industry will be in a gradual transition, keep a few things in mind.

The goal of the program

It is easy to get lost in myriads of regulations. Remember, the primary purpose is to make sure that at the end of the day, everybody comes back home safe ... in one nice big piece.

Make this principle a foundation of your day to day, and the rest will fall into place.


So far the only official statement regarding tow trucking exemptions is the following:

“Tow trucks will continue to be exempt from some requirements faced by other classes of vehicle under the CVOR system, such as hours of service limits, daily inspection, detailed recordkeeping requirements and entering truck inspection stations, until the government has concluded consultations with the towing industry and other stakeholders on an effective regulatory regime for tow trucks.”

We checked with Carrier Sanctions and Investigation Office, and an agent confirmed the above is true, and there were no new changes.

As far as being on the road is concerned, you don't have to do anything else other than carrying a CVOR certificate in each vehicle (and being tracked). This will most likely change in the future. So keep an eye on the changes in regulations as they come your way.

To re-state the implied, any enforcement actions, procedures, etc., that were in place before January 1st 2017, are still in effect.

Important Note:

This page is designed for tow trucking industry. Additional requirements are in place for businesses and individuals that are not in towing.