Foreign Driver's Licence

Non-resident of Québec (visitor, tourist or other)

Step 0 Non-resident of Québec (visitor, tourist or other)

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If you are travelling in Québec, you may drive for 6 consecutive months with your licence that has been issued by another Canadian province or territory or another country, provided your licence:

  • is valid
  • authorizes you to drive the type of vehicle that you are using

Vehicles that you may drive

You may drive any type of vehicle, as long as the licence issued by your country of origin authorizes you to and you abide by its conditions.

If you stay in Québec for longer than 6 months

You must hold a valid international driving permit to be allowed to continue to drive on Québec roads.

You must always drive with both licences – your driver's licence issued by another Canadian province or territory or foreign country, and your international driving permit. You are allowed to drive in Québec for as long as your international driving permit remains valid.

The international driving permit can only be issued in the country in which you obtained your driver's licence, and it is valid for one year. You must apply for your permit before coming to Québec.

What if your licence is written in a language other than french or english?

We recommend that you get an international driving permit before coming to Québec, regardless of the length of your stay.

If you take up residence in Québec

If the licence issued in your country of origin so authorizes, you may operate an automobile, motorcycle or moped or scooterA 2- or 3-wheel passenger vehicle equipped with an electric motor or a gasoline-powered engine with a cylinder capacity of no more than 50 cc and an automatic transmission. for a maximum period of 6 consecutive months.

After that time, you are required to hold a Québec licence. You may apply for a Québec licence as soon as you arrive in the province. The process for obtaining such a licence varies depending on which country issued your driver's licence.

Last update: May 10, 2022