Obtaining a Licence

Knowledge test

    • Costs


    • Time/Duration

      • Approximately 30 minutes

Before scheduling an appointment for the SAAQ knowledge test

You must have held a learner's licence for at least 10 months.

To pass the knowledge test, you must prepare:

Contents of the test

You will take a test that covers:

  • the Highway Safety Code
  • signs and signals
  • behaviours and techniques applicable to driving a passenger vehicle (specialization)

Taking the knowledge test

You must schedule an appointment



Using the automated telephone service

On the To Reach Us webpage, under the heading Appointment for a Driving Test – you will have to provide your learner's licence number

For individuals with special needs

Do you require special assistance to take the knowledge test? Do not hesitate to inform our staff so that the proper person may be notified.

If you are deaf or hard of hearing

The knowledge test has been adapted for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The test can be administered with the help of a sign-language interpreter, whose services are paid for by us, at the following service centres:

  • Gatineau service centre
  • Hamel service centre in Québec
  • Henri-Bourassa service centre in Montréal
  • Rimouski service centre
  • Rouyn-Noranda service centre
  • Saguenay service centre
  • Sherbrooke service centre


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8:30 a.m. to  4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Montréal area: 514-954-7763
Elsewhere in Québec: 1-800-565-7763

On the day of the test

You must:

Step 1 – Go to the service outlet with which you have scheduled an appointment to take the test

Step 2 – Present your learner's licence

Step 3 – Pay the applicable fees for the knowledge tests

Payment methods

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.

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 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.

If you fail the test

You must wait at least 28 days before you will be allowed to retake the knowledge test. You will have to schedule another appointment.

Last update: November 16, 2022