Step 0 You have obtained a driver's licence outside Québec that bears one or more classes that are equivalent to those you previously held on your Québec licence

You may exchange this licence for a Québec licence without having to take the proficiency examinationsProficiency examinations allow the SAAQ to check the knowledge and skills of drivers. They include both knowledge and road tests and differ based on the class of driver's licence. They are almost always mandatory when an individual wants to obtain a licence for the first time. if:

  • the classes you hold on your licence issued outside Québec are equivalent to those you held in Québec
  • the licence you were issued outside Québec is still valid or has been expired for fewer than 3 years

Procedure to exchange your licence

Step 1 – Schedule an appointment by telephone with a clerk, who will analyze your request

Montréal area: 514-954-7771
Elsewhere (Québec, Canada, United States): 1-888-356-6616

Step 2 – Go the the service outlet with the original documents requested when you scheduled your appointment, namely:

  • your Canadian or foreign driver' licence
  • proof of citizenship or right to stay in Canada
  • proof of residency in Québec

In certain situations, other documents may be required. Phone us to find out if this applies to your case.

Step 3 – Pay the required fees for a licence exchange

Costs vary depending on the situation.