Emergency Vehicles (Class 4A)Change
To obtain a Class 4A licence to drive an emergency vehicle, you must first hold a valid Class 5 licence and pass a knowledge test.
With this licence, you can drive an emergency vehicle, namely:
This licence also authorizes you to drive:
If you hold a Class 1, 2 or 3 driver's licence, you may also drive Class 4A vehicles.
The first step in obtaining a Class 4A driver's licence is to have your eyesight tested and provide us with a medical examination report so that we can ensure that your state of health meets the requirements set out in the Regulation respecting the health of drivers. Two options are available:
In both cases, you must return the form by mail or bring it to one of our service outlets. After we have analyzed the report, we will inform you of our decision regarding your eligibility to obtain a Class 4A licence.
The knowledge test consists of 30 questions covering specialized driving techniques.
We recommend that you study the following guides:
They are available for purchase from Publications du Québec or at bookstores.
Passing the knowledge test allows you to obtain a Class 4A driver's licence or probationary licence.
To make, modify, cancel or check a knowledge test, you must log in to SAAQclic. For more information about creating your Government Authentication Service account and logging in to SAAQclic, .
Please note that from now on you must use SAAQclic to make an appointment for a knowledge or road test.
Step 1 – Go to the service outlet with which you scheduled your appointment for the test, and bring:
Step 2 – Pay the fees for:
At our service outlets, we accept payment:
Payment by credit card is not accepted.
You must correctly answer at least 22 of the 30 questions.
The only material you are allowed to use during the test is a dictionary that does not contain any illustrations, and the material provided by the SAAQ. Any other documents and all electronic devices are prohibited during the test (“cheat sheets,” notes, cell phones, smart watches, etc.). Having any prohibited material or electronic devices with you at the test, regardless of whether or not you actually use them, or trying in any way to contact someone or obtain outside assistance, will be considered cheating. Anyone found cheating will automatically fail all sections of the test and will have to wait at least 56 days before being allowed to take the test again. If it’s not the first time that person has been caught cheating, that person will have to wait at least 90 days.
You must wait at least 7 days before being allowed to take the test again. You will have to make another appointment and pay the test fees again.
Emergency vehicle drivers are required to master defensive driving methods and techniques used in emergency situations, but they must also obey the Highway Safety Code. For your safety and the safety of others, read our advice in the Automobiles section.
Last update: May 13, 2022