Reacquiring a Driver's Licence

Operating a taxi illegally

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To reacquire your driver’s licence after it was suspended for illegally operating a taxi, you must file an Application to lift suspension of a driver’s licence or the right to obtain one with the Court of Québec.

1 What you should know

If you offer or provide a taxi transportation service without holding a Class 4C licence and a taxi permit, a peace officer or an authorized municipal employee will suspend your licence or your right to obtain one for 7, 30, or 90 days depending on how many times you have committed this offence in the past 10 years. The vehicle you are driving will be seized and impounded for a period of time equal to that of your licence suspension.

What is a driver’s licence suspension?

A driver’s licence suspension means your licence is no longer valid for the length of the suspension period

If you drive with a suspended licence, you face:

  • a fine of $600 to $2,000, in addition to legal and administrative costs

2 Procedure to reacquire your licence

You must file with the Court of Québec an application to have the suspension of your driver’s licence (or your right to obtain such a licence) lifted. The only justification that can be used is that you did not offer or provide a taxi transportation service without holding the appropriate licence and a taxi permit.

If the judge’s decision is in your favour

Go to an SAAQ service centre to have the suspension lifted.

If your licence suspension was related to the seizure and impoundment of your vehicle

You must file an Application for Vehicle Release from Seizure with the Court of Québec.

If the decision in your favour authorizes you to recover your vehicle

Go to the pound where your vehicle is being held with the judgment from the Court of Québec. You can recover your vehicle on payment of towing and impoundment fees as well as the applicable taxes. Your licence suspension will be lifted by the SAAQ during our business hours. 

If the judge’s decision is not in your favour

You must wait until the impoundment and/or licence suspension period is over. Then you may begin to drive again without having to go to an SAAQ service outlet.

However, you will have to go to a service outlet if:

  • your licence has expired;
  • we must add a condition or a class to your licence.