Obtaining a Licence

Knowledge test and obtaining the learner's licence

Step 4 Knowledge test and obtaining the learner's licence

    • Costs

      • Knowledge test: $12.40
      • Learner’s licence: $77.85 (18 months)
    • Delivery time frame

      • Approximately 1 hour
    • Documents to provide

      • Driver’s licence

Passing the knowledge test allows you to obtain a Class 1 learner's licence. This licence authorizes you to drive on the road with an accompanying driverPerson who has held for at least 2 years a valid licence of an appropriate class and who is able to provide the learner with help and advice..

This test assesses:

  • your understanding of traffic rules and the skills required to handle a heavy vehicle
  • your knowledge of circle check standards
  • your knowledge of the standards for hours of driving and off-duty time
  • your knowledge of safe behaviours to adopt 

Safe Driving Behaviours to Adopt Every Day

Distractions, blind spots, driver fatigue or failure to wear a seat belt are some examples of hazards that you may experience when driving a heavy vehicle. All these subjects and more are discussed in the Heavy Vehicles section.

Taking the Knowledge Test

Please note that from now on knowledge and road test appointments are made on SAAQclic.

This means that if you wish to make, modify, cancel or check an appointment for a knowledge test, you must log in to SAAQclic. For more information about creating your Government Authentication Service account, please refer to the section on SAAQclic in our FAQ.

If you want to obtain the F endorsement…

  • You may register at the same time for the knowledge test for the F endorsement—driving vehicles equipped with an air brake system.
  • If you do not register for both these tests at the same time: 
    • you will have to schedule another appointment to take the F endorsement test before you take the road tests.
    • additional fees will apply.
To register:


On the day of the test

Step 1 – Go to the service outlet where you scheduled your appointment for the test and bring:

  • your driver’s licence.

Step 2 – Pay the fees for:

  • the knowledge test: $12.40
  • the learner’s licence: $77.85 (valid for 18 months), if you pass the test

Payment options

At our service outlets, we accept payment:

  • in cash
  • by Interac (debit card)—not available in some service outlets
  • by cheque or money order

Payment by credit card is not accepted.

Passing mark

The passing mark is 75%.

If you cheat on the knowledge test

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 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.

If you fail the knowledge test

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.

Last update: July 25, 2023