Hi everyone I figured I'd post up the information for registering a 3 wheeled vehicle (reverse trike) in Ontario now that I've gotten a response from the MTO:
Thank you for your interest in registering a homemade motorcycle. The
following information has been provided for you.
A custom built / homemade vehicle can be a motor vehicle, motorized snow
vehicle, or trailer which is constructed by using:
(a) Major homemade components parts e.g., body, chassis, frame, etc.;
(b) Some minor used/new parts obtained from an auto wrecker, dealer or
According to Section 1.1 in the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, a
motorcycle is defined as a "self-propelled vehicle having a seat or
saddle for the use of the driver and designed to travel on not more than
three wheels in contact with the ground, and includes a motor scooter,
but does not include a motor assisted bicycle". Also under the Ontario
Highway Traffic Act, a motorcycle is included in the definition of a
motor vehicle, which is as follows: "motor vehicle includes an
automobile, motorcycle, motor assisted bicycle unless otherwise
indicated in this Act, and any other vehicle propelled or driven
otherwise than by muscular power, but does not include a street car, or
other motor vehicles running only upon rails, or a motorized snow
vehicle, traction engine, farm tractor, self-propelled implement of
husbandry or road-building machine within the meaning of this Act.
Before a custom built / homemade vehicle can be registered, it must
comply with the minimum equipment standards under Part VI of the Ontario
Highway Traffic Act. You may view these standards at:http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statut ... .htm#BK118
Once the standards are met, registration may proceed. Please see the
following for registration requirements for a custom built / homemade
Documents required to register a custom built / homemade vehicle
(a) Sworn Affidavit (A notarized affidavit is a sworn statement made
before a Commissioner of Oaths or a Notary Public. It is needed to
establish vehicle ownership of all parts used in the vehicle's
reconstruction, and to provide a full vehicle description - see next
section for "Contents of an Affidavit")
(b) Application for Registration (forms available at any independently
operated Driver and Vehicle Licence Issuing Office in Ontario). This
can be completed at the time of registration.
(c) Insurance Company's name and policy number
(d) Safety Standards Certificate (S.S.C.)
Contents of an Affidavit (The applicant must provide the following
information on an affidavit)
(a) A statement that vehicle is homemade by person declaring affidavit
(including full legal name, address and signature of person making the
(b) A statement that applicant is legal and rightful owner of the
(c) A statement explaining how exactly you constructed the body and
where the vehicle parts were obtained [name, address, purchase date]
and, if known, the name of seller
(d) Attach the bill(s) of sale/invoice(s) for all materials/parts used
in the construction of the vehicle
(e) Year vehicle was built
(f) Vehicle identification number (VIN)/serial number or a statement
that a Ministry approved/assigned VIN will be used
I trust this information is helpful.
I read and interpret this and the laws & Regulations in the linked document to mean that a 3 wheeled vehicle can be registered in ontario as long as it meets the regulations.
A couple of things jumped out at me while I was reading but the main one was involving the brakes:
"64. (1) Every motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle, when driven on a highway shall be equipped with at least two braking systems, each with a separate means of application and effective on at least two wheels,"
The fact that the e-brake system has to actuate on 2 wheels is just a pain in the butt. but at least it's do-able.
you shouldn't have any more difficulty registering a reverse trike than a standard frame Locost.
Let me know if you think my interpretation is off and I'm still barking up the wrong tree.