Reacquiring a Driver's Licence

For a blood alcohol concentration above 80 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood but not exceeding 160 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood

Change

Step 1 – Receiving a letter from the SAAQ

On reception of the judgment from the court, we will send you a letter confirming:

  • your conviction
  • the revocation of your licence
  • the end date of the penalty period
  • whether you are eligible for the restricted licence related to a conviction for alcohol-impaired driving (if you were arrested for drinking and driving) which would allow you to drive only vehicles that are equipped with an alcohol ignition interlock deviceA device that prevents a vehicle from starting when it detects the presence of alcohol in the driver’s body. until the end of your penalty period

One year before the end of your penalty period, we will send you another letter notifying you that you must either:

  • undergo a summary assessment
  • OR

  • continue the assessment process you had begun before you were found guilty

Step 2 – Summary assessment

To undergo your assessment, you must register and pay the required fees to our partner in charge of carrying out such assessments.

The summary assessment is carried out by a certified assessment professional in accordance with a standardized protocol.

At the end of the assessment, the assessment professional writes a final report indicating whether or not you are capable of dissociating the consumption of alcohol, drugs or medication from the safe operation of a road vehicle. You will receive this report, which will also be sent to us so that we may render a decision.

Step 3 – Decision by the SAAQ

We base our decision on the conclusions of the assessment report, your driving record and your state of health. You will receive our decision by mail.

If you disagree with our decision

You have 60 days to contest it.

1 The SAAQ agrees to issue me a licence

Step 1 – Receiving a letter from the SAAQ

The letter will inform you that, while you present little or no risk of committing a repeat offence, you are required to attend our Alcofrein program and pay the registration fee.

This 3-hour program, is recognized by the Ministère des Transports, and aims to:

  • remind you of the legal, social and financial consequences of impaired driving
  • explain the effects of alcohol, drugs and medication on the body
  • debunk the myths surrounding the consumption of alcohol

At the end of the Alcofrein session, you will receive a certificate confirming that you have successfully completed the program.

Step 2 – Going to a service center

At the end of the driving prohibition period, you must present the Alcofrein certificate at a service center to reobtain your licence.

1 The SAAQ agrees to issue me a licence

2 The SAAQ refuses to issue me a licence

Step 1 – Receiving a letter from the SAAQ

If the assessment reveals that you are not capable of dissociating the consumption of alcohol, drugs or medication from the safe operation of a road vehicle, or that you present a risk of a repeat offence, you will receive a letter notifying you that you must:

  • undergo a comprehensive assessment with a certified assessment professional
  • have a medical examination report completed by your physician, which you must then mail back to us

Step 2 – Undergoing the comprehensive assessment

To undergo the assessment, you must register and pay the required fees to our partner in charge of carrying out such assessments.

The comprehensive assessment—which takes 7 to 9 months to complete—involves the implementation of a supervision plan. You must meet the objectives set with the assessment professional and attend 3 mandatory meetings. 

At the end of the assessment, the assessment professional writes a report indicating whether you are capable of dissociating the consumption of alcohol, drugs or medication from the safe operation of a road vehicle. You will receive a copy of this report, which will also be sent to us so that we may render a decision.

Licence with Condition I

If your penalty period has ended but you are still in the process of reacquiring your licence, contact us to check whether you can obtain Condition I, which would require you to drive only a vehicle that is equipped with an alcohol ignition interlock deviceA device that prevents a vehicle from starting when it detects the presence of alcohol in the driver’s body..

If your application is granted, we will send you a letter authorizing you to lease an alcohol ignition interlock device and have it installed, at your expense and according to our requirements.

Step 3 – Decision by the SAAQ

We base our decision on the conclusions of the assessment report, your driving record and your state of health. You will receive our decision by mail.

If we agree to issue you a licence with Condition X

At the end of the penalty period, you will receive a letter explaining how to obtain a licence with Condition X, which authorizes you to only drive a vehicle that is equipped with an alcohol ignition interlock deviceAppareil qui empêche la mise en marche d’un véhicule lorsqu’il détecte la présence d’alcool dans l’organisme d'un conducteur.. In this case, Condition X will be added to your licence for one year.

The procedure for leasing the device and having it installed is the same as for a restricted licence for alcohol-impaired driving.

If you have already obtained a restricted licence or a licence with Condition I, this does not affect the period of time during which you will be required to have Condition X on your licence, which is one year.

If your licence bears Condition I or Condition X

… and you drive a vehicle that is not equipped with an alcohol ignition interlock device, you are liable to:

  • the immediate seizure and impoundment of the vehicle you are driving for 30 or 90 days
  • a fine of $1,500.00 to $3,000.00
  • a 3-month licence suspension or the revocation of your licence
Withdrawal of Condition X after the one-year period has ended

You will receive a letter, 20 days before the end of the mandatory period, indicating the procedure to have Condition X withdrawn from your licence.

If we refuse to issue you a licence with Condition X

You will be required to undergo another comprehensive assessment by a certified assessment professional. In the meantime, you may apply to have Condition I added to your licence.

If you disagree with our decision

You have 60 days to contest it.

2 The SAAQ refuses to issue me a licence