Step 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. (Class 3)
    • 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 issued by either 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” (issued in French only), which is a document confirming that a criminal record check covering the previous 5 years has been carried out. To obtain this document, you must fill out and follow the instructions on the form entitled Demande d’un certificat de recherche – Permis de chauffeur de taxi (PDF, 163 KB) (in French only). The “certificat de recherche” must be issued by a municipal police department or the Sûreté du Québec. Documents issued by private firms or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are not accepted.
  • 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 knowledge test required to obtain a taxi driver's permit:
    • this test is administered in our service centres (SAAQ offices only), except if you are applying for a taxi permit for the territory of the city of Montréal, in which case you must take the tests administered by the BTM

Mandatory training by territory served

Territory Basic training Toponymy and geography Taxi transportation for people 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

Once you have completed the required taxi transportation training, you will receive an attestation of training, which you will have to present during your test.

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
8950, boulevard Pie-IX
Montréal (Québec)  H1Z 4H9
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 licence 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.