Step 0 Your licence was issued in a jurisdiction with an agreement

    • Documents to provide

      Licence exchange – Documents required at the time of your first appointment to check your eligibility

      • Foreign driver's licence
      • Proof of Canadian citizenship or right to stay in Canada
      • Proof of residency in Québec
      • Proof of residency in the country in which your licence was issued if you obtained your licence within the previous 3 years
      • Translation of your driver's licence, if it is written in a language other than French or English

Vehicles that you may drive during the first 6 months

Your driver’s licence is valid during the first 6 months of your stay in Québec if you drive:

  • a car
  • a motorcycle
  • a 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.

However, make sure that your foreign licence:

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

Québec driver’s licence required after the first 6 months

Here is the procedure to obtain a Québec licence, according to the road vehicle that you drive. You can begin the application process as soon as you arrive in Québec.

For a car or moped or scooter

You must exchange your foreign licenceLicence exchange allows holders of a licence issued in a Canadian province or territory other than Québec, in the United States or in a country that has entered into an agreement with Québec to obtain an equivalent Québec licence without having to follow a driving course. In some cases, holders may have to pass proficiency examinations before being eligible to exchange their licence. for a Québec licence.

For a motorcycle

You must exchange your foreign licenceLicence exchange allows holders of a licence issued in a Canadian province or territory other than Québec, in the United States or in a country that has entered into an agreement with Québec to obtain an equivalent Québec licence without having to follow a driving course. In some cases, holders may have to pass proficiency examinations before being eligible to exchange their licence. to operate a motorcycle for a Québec licence after first passing the Class 6 (motorcycle) proficiency examinationsProficiency examinations allow the SAAQ to check the knowledge and skills of drivers. They include both knowledge and road tests and differ based on the class of driver's licence. They are almost always mandatory when an individual wants to obtain a licence for the first time. . You may begin the application process as soon as you arrive in Québec.

If your licence has expired

In most cases, you must pass proficiency examinationsProficiency examinations allow the SAAQ to check the knowledge and skills of drivers. They include both knowledge and road tests and differ based on the class of driver's licence. They are almost always mandatory when an individual wants to obtain a licence for the first time. to obtain a licence to drive a car or operate a moped or scooter.

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Vehicles that you may not drive with a foreign licence

Even if your foreign licence authorizes you to, you may not drive:

  • a truck
  • an emergency vehicle
  • a bus
  • a minibus
  • a taxi

Procedure to be authorized to drive these vehicles

You must obtain a Québec driver's licence corresponding to the appropriate class. To do so, you must meet the conditions set forth for each licence class and follow thegraduated licensing process. You must also already hold a Québec Class 5 driver's licence.

Procedure to exchange your licence

Step 1 – Meet the following conditions:

  • be aged 16 or older (or 14 for a scooter with a cylinder capacity of 50 cc or less, Class 6D)
  • hold a licence authorizing you to drive a car or operate a 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.
  • be a resident of Québec
  • be authorized to stay in Canada

Step 2 – Schedule an appointment by telephone with a clerk, who will analyze your request

Montréal area: 514-954-7771
Elsewhere in Québec: 1-888-356-6616

Step 3 – Go to the designated service outlet with the original documents requested when you scheduled your appointment, namely:

  • your foreign driver’s licence
  • proof of Canadian citizenship or right to stay in Canada
  • proof of residency in Québec
  • proof that you were a resident of the country in which your driver’s licence was issued if you obtained your licence within the previous 3 years
  • the translation of your driver’s licence, if it is written in a language other than French or English. The international driver’s permit is not considered an official translation

In certain situations, other documents may be required. To find out whether this is the case, please contact us.

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Translation of a driver’s licence written in a language other than French or English

You must have your licence translated by a translator who is a member of:

Step 4 – Pass the proficiency examinations for Class 6 (motorcycle)

To help you prepare for the tests, we recommend you study the following publications:

They can be purchased from Publications du Québec and at bookstores.

We also recommend:

  • Road Access Binder, vailable in both French and English from driving schools recognized by the Association québécoise des transports (AQTr), as well as directly from the AQTr (website in French only) itself
Knowledge test

Depending on your situation, you could take the knowledge test at the service outlet on the same day as your appointment, or you may have to make another appointment. The fees for the test are $11.40.

Road test

Once you have passed the knowledge test, you can schedule an appointment by telephone for the road test.

Québec area: 418-643-5213
Montréal area: 514-873-5803
Elsewhere (Québec, Canada, United States): 1-888-667-8687

On the day of the road test, you must pay the applicable fees. If you pass the test, you will be allowed to exchange your licence.

Step 5 – Pay the fees applicable to a licence exchange

The fees applicable for exchanging your driver's licence vary depending on the licence class, and are higher if you apply for an additional licence class.

Payment methods

At our service outlets, we accept payment:

  • in cash
  • by Interac (debit card)—not available in some service outlets
  • by one or more pre-authorized debits (a cheque specimen must be provided)
  • by cheque or money order

Payment by credit card is not accepted.

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Driving experience

If the SAAQ recognizes that you have fewer than 24 months of experience driving a car, you will obtain a probationary licenceLicence issued to a person driving an automobile or a motorcycle alone for the first time. This licence allows the holder to acquire the driving experience necessary to obtain a driver's licence (24 months). The holder is subject to the zero-alcohol rule and the 4-demerit point bracket. . We determine your experience on the basis of your driver’s licence and driving record.

Driving record

Your driving record is produced by the body that issued your foreign driver’s licence. If you want us to take your record into account to determine your driving experience, the record must have been produced within the previous 90 days and indicate:

  • the types of licences that you hold or have held – learner’s licence, probationary licence or driver’s licence
  • the licence class(es) that you hold or have held
  • the issuance and expiry dates of each type of licence
  • the dates on which your driver’s licence was not valid because it was under penalty, had been suspended or cancelled, or had not been renewed