Canadian vehicle export to the U.S. – Compliance Assessment
Who requires a Compliance Letter?
As part of the import or export process of your Mercedes-Benz vehicle, authorities will require a compliance letter as proof that your vehicle conforms to local safety standards. Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc. will provide Canadian vehicle owners moving to the U.S. with a compliance letter upon successful completion of the below described process. Compliance letters contain VIN specific information and may take up to 10 business days for processing.
For detailed information, please refer to the Vehicle Importation and Certification Requirements on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website: https://icsw.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/import/
What is the Process?
- Ensure that your vehicle is clear of active recalls by visiting your closest authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer or contacting Mercedes-Benz Canada customer service.
- Purchase the compliance letter
- Gather the following supporting documents:
- A valid Canadian driver's license to show proof of Canadian residency
- Canadian permanent vehicle registration (not temporary)
- Fill out all required fields contained in the “Request a Compliance Letter” form. Ensure that all information provided is accurate and complete. Please also include the Mercedes-Benz Shop order number which will be used as proof of payment.
- Attach the supporting required documents listed in step 3) to the email and click send.
- You will receive a confirmation email. Should the compliance team require further information they will contact you.
What does the compliance letter include?
This letter will provide you with the compliance assessment of your vehicle with regards to its adherence to U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and EPA emissions standards. It will also include vehicle model, model year, production date, VIN, owner information, confirmation that the vehicle was manufactured to meet Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS) and a recall clearance statement.
- A compliance letter does not guarantee that your vehicle is admissible for permanent importation to the U.S.
- We do not issue a compliance letter for vehicles with outstanding active recalls. Please contact your local Mercedes-Benz dealership to confirm that your vehicle is clear of active recalls.
- As per the Owner’s Service and Warranty Policy booklet provided with your vehicle, the factory warranty will no longer be available upon exportation from Canada (applicable to MY 2017 and onwards).
MBC will not provide Compliance Letters for:
- Canada specific models which have not been certified for the US market, e.g.
- smart fortwo (MY2006 or earlier - Model 450)
- C-Class Wagon
- Other Canada unique models
- Vehicles where Mercedes-Benz is not the final stage manufacturer, e.g.
- Sprinter Cab Chassis
- Sprinter RVs
- Vehicles within the 12-months non-export period
- Vehicles owned by a non-resident of Canada
- Vehicles exported for resale
- Vehicles owned by a dealership or other commercial entity*
* This includes any vehicles with outstanding liens to Mercedes-Benz Financial Services (MBFS) or any other financial provider
You can submit your official request here: Request a Letter of Compliance
U.S. vehicle import to Canada
For U.S. customers moving to Canada, please consult the Registrar of Imported Vehicles website (http://www.riv.ca/Home.aspx) for a list of requirements and steps before importing your vehicle. Please also ensure that the vehicle is admissible for importation to Canada using the chart below. If your vehicle is admissible for importation, please visit your nearest Canadian Mercedes-Benz dealership for more information on how to bring your vehicle into compliance with Canadian safety standards.
For more information, please refer to the FAQs section.
|1996 - 1999||All C-Class Models|
|2000 - 2018||All C-Class Models|
|1996 - 1999||All E-Class Models|
|2000 - 2018||All E-Class Models|
|1996 - 2018||All SL models|
|SLK-Class & SLC|
|1998 - 2016||All SLK-Class Models|
|2017 - 2018||All SLC Models|
|1998 - 1999||CLK-Class Coupe|
|1998 - 1999||CLK-Class Convertible|
|2000 - 2009||All CLK-Class Models||CLK 63 Black Series|
|2006 - 2018||All CLS Models|
|1996 - 1999||All S-Class Models|
|2000 - 2018||All other S-Class Models||S 500 w/ Guard package|
|2000 - 2014||All CL-Class Models|
|GLK-Class & GLC|
|2010 - 2014||All GLK-Class Models|
|2015 - 2018||All GLC Models|
|ML-Class & GLE|
|1998 - 2014||All ML-Class Models||ML 450 Hybrid|
|2015 - 2018||All GLE Models|
|2006 - 2013||All R-Class Models|
|2002 - 2018||All G-Class Models|
|GL-Class & GLS|
|2007 - 2014||All GL-Class Models|
|2015 - 2018||All GLS Models|
|2016 - 2018||All GT Models|
|Sprinter Cargo Van|
|2010 - 2018||All Cargo Van Models|
|Sprinter Passenger Van|
|2010 - 2018||All Passenger Van Models|
|Sprinter Cab Chassis|
|2010 - 2018||All Cab Chassis Models|
Vehicles manufactured for other markets than U.S. or Canada
Please note that Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc. will not provide assistance for vehicles going to or coming from markets other than the United States. For information regarding importing a Mercedes-Benz to another market, please contact the relevant local authorities at the destination country.
Letters of compliance are only issued for vehicle importation between Canada and the U.S. due to the similarity in emission and safety standards as well as the frequency of customers requesting this service.
Canadian Vehicles Going To The U.S.:
A Canadian Mercedes-Benz is deemed inadmissible for exportation to the U.S. when:
- It cannot be retrofitted to meet U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) or
- Is not available in the U.S. market, therefore considered a “Canada unique model” and is less than 25 years old.
Although similar, Canadian & U.S. safety standards are not fully harmonized. Therefore, some Canadian vehicles may require certification work to be done in order for them to meet U.S. FMVSS. Please note that these are regulatory requirements established by Federal government agencies, not Mercedes-Benz.
Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc. (MBC) will issue an initial compliance letter stating whether any certification work is necessary to bring the vehicle into compliance with U.S. FMVSS. Certification work may be done at any Canadian or U.S. Mercedes-Benz certified dealership. However, a follow-up compliance letter stating that the vehicle has been brought into conformity with U.S. FMVSS will only be issued by MBC if the certification work has been performed at an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer in Canada.
Mercedes-Benz Canada charges a non-refundable processing fee of 420 CAD plus applicable taxes.
The scope of the required compliance rework varies based on the model. Please request a compliance letter by following the process described above on this website. This letter will specify any non-compliance with U.S.FMVSS.
Estimates for compliance rework are only available through an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer in Canada (charges may apply).
A recall clearance statement for a Canadian vehicle is provided with the letter of compliance.
U.S. Vehicles Coming To Canada:
A vehicle is deemed inadmissible when it cannot be certified to meet Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS) or retrofitted to do so.
Mercedes-Benz Canada (MBC) will not endorse or assist with the importation of salvaged/rebuilt or similarly branded vehicles into Canada. This includes vehicles that have been written off due to an accident or other permanent damage (such as stolen, flood or other water damage), or altered/modified from their original configuration at the time of manufacture.
Although similar, Canadian & U.S. safety standards are not completely aligned. Please note that all admissible U.S. vehicles require certification work in order for them to meet CMVSS.
MBC will only issue a letter of compliance when the certification work has been performed at an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer in Canada.
Estimates for safety certification work are only available through an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer in Canada (charges may apply).
The scope of the safety certification work required varies depending on the model. Specifics on the rework must be obtained from an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer in Canada. The dealer will require the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) in order to provide such specifics. A $500 MBC administrative fee will be charged to perform the necessary modification work and bring the vehicle into compliance with CMVSS. Additional administrative, labour and/or parts costs will also be the customer’s responsibility.
Recall Clearance letters for U.S. vehicles must be obtained through Mercedes-Benz USA and can be requested at 1-800-367-6372 or mbusa.com (charges may apply).
No. You may call the Canadian Roadside Assistance number (1-800-387-0100) for service, but assistance will be provided on a fee-per-service basis only.