Obtaining a Driver's Licence

Taxis and Limousines (Class 4C)

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To obtain a Class 4C driver's licence, you must have held a valid Class 5 driver's licence or probationary licence for at least one year, be in good health, and pass a knowledge test.

1 What you should know

To drive a taxi or a limousine, you must hold both a licence and a permit

  1. A Class 4C driver's licence or probationary licence or a higher class of licence, namely:
    • combinations of road vehicles (Class 1)
    • buses with a seating capacity of more than 24 passengers (Class 2)
    • trucksRoad vehicle with two axles and a net weight over 3,000 kg manufactured exclusively to transport goods or equipment to which it is permanently affixed or to transport this equipment or goods. (Class3)
    • emergency vehicles (Class 4A)
    • minibuses and small buses with a seating capacity of 24 or fewer passengers (Class 4B)
  2. A taxi driver's permit. Depending on the situation, the taxi driver's permit is either issued by the SAAQ or the Bureau du taxi de Montréal (BTM). This permit is a mandatory complement to the Class 4C driver's licence.

Vehicles you can drive with a Class 4C driver's licence

With this licence, you can drive a taxi or a limousine – provided that you also obtain a taxi driver's permit issued by the SAAQ or the BTM.

To obtain a taxi driver's permit (pocket number)

You must:

  • hold a Class 4C driver's licence or probationary licence
  • understand, speak and read French
  • provide a certificat de recherche (PDF, 141 KB) which confirms a criminal background check covering the previous 5 years
  • provide one of the following documents if this is your first time applying for a taxi driver’s permit:
    • birth certificate issued by the Directeur de l’état civil or by an equivalent body from another Canadian jurisdiction
    • Canadian citizenship certificate
    • permanent resident card
    • certificate of naturalization
    • certificate of retention of Canadian citizenship
    • certificate of registration of birth abroad
  • pass the mandatory training based on the territory in which you will be working
  • pass the taxi driver's permit test:
    • this test is administered in one of our service outlets, except for the territory of the city of Montréal, which is under the jurisdiction of the BTM

Mandatory training by territory served

Territory Act respecting transportation services by taxi and attendant regulation Toponymy and geography Taxi transportation for persons with disabilities Total

Longueuil and Laval

53 hours

None

7 hours

60 hours

Québec (city)

53 hours

50 hours

7 hours

110 hours

Montréal

53 hours

90 hours

7 hours

150 hours

Other territories

None

None

7 hours

7 hours

Taxi driver's permit training centres

Centre de formation professionnelle pour l'industrie du taxi du Québec inc. (website in French only)

6850, boulevard Louis-H.-La Fontaine, bureau 200
Anjou (Québec)  H1M 2T2
Telephone: 514 274-7373

Centre de formation en transport de Charlesbourg (website in French only)

700, rue de l'Argon
Québec (Québec)  G2N 2G5
Telephone: 418 634-5580
Toll free: 1 866 849-5580

Centre de formation du transport routier Saint-Jérôme

5643, rue Clark, bureau 202
Montréal (Québec)  H2T 2V5
(near the Rosemont Métro station)
Telephone: 514 279-6873

Penalties

If you offer or provide a taxi transportation service without holding the appropriate licence class and a taxi permit, a peace officer may impose  the penalties provided for under the Act Respecting Transportation Services by Taxi, including:

If you have already been found guilty of such an offence in the previous 10 years, the minimum and maximum fines for a second offence are doubled. Moreover, your driver’s license will be suspended and your vehicle seized and impounded for 30 days. Any further convictions will result in a 90-day licence suspension and vehicle impoundment period, and the minimum and maximum fines will be tripled.

2 A Eligibility

You must have accumulated 12 months of experience as a holder of Class 5 (automobileVehicle with 2 axles and whose net weight is under 4,500 kg.) driver's licence or probationary licence.

3 Medical assessment and vision test

The first step in obtaining a Class 4C licence is to go to one of our service outlets to undergo and pass a vision test.

During your visit, we will give you a medical assessment form that you must have completed and signed by a physician. The report of the assessment must be satisfactory and show that you have the physical capacity required to drive a taxi or a limousine.

On the day of your knowledge test, we will ask you for the authorization letter we will have sent you following the medical assessment.

4 Preparing for the knowledge test

The knowledge test consists of 30 questions covering the specialized driving techniques.

To help you prepare for the test

We recommend that you study the following guides:

They are available for purchase from Publications du Québec or at bookstores.

We also recommend you study:

5 Knowledge test

Taking the test

You must schedule an appointment.

Online

Knowledge Test

Using our automated telephone service

Making an Appointment for a Driving Test

On the day of the test

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

  • your driver’s licence
  • the authorization letter we sent you following the medical assessment

Step 2 Pay the fees for:

  • the knowledge test: $11.00
  • the addition of a class to your driver’s licence: $15.20, photo included

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.

Passing mark

You must have 22 correct answers out of 30 questions.

If you fail the knowledge test

You must wait at least 7 days before you will be allowed to retake the test. You will have to make another appointment and pay the test fees again.