Reacquiring or Reinstating a Licence

Procedure to reacquire a driver's licence

Step 0 Procedure to reacquire a driver's licence

Shortly before the end of the penalty period, you must:

Step 1 – Schedule an appointment to take the reinstatement knowledge test

Step 2 – Go to the designated service outlet to take the reinstatement knowledge test

Find a service outlet

Step 3 – Pay the fees for:

  • the reinstatement knowledge test: $12.00
  • the the issuance of a new driver's licence, if you passed the reinstatement knowledge test 

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.

If you cheat on the knowledge test

The only material you are allowed to use during the test is a dictionary that does not contain any illustrations, and the material provided by the SAAQ. Any other documents and all electronic devices are prohibited during the test (“cheat sheets,” notes, cell phones, smart watches, etc.). Having any prohibited material or electronic devices with you at the test, regardless of whether or not you actually use them, or trying in any way to contact someone or obtain outside assistance, will be considered cheating. Anyone found cheating will automatically fail all sections of the test and will have to wait at least 56 days before being allowed to take the test again. If it’s not the first time that person has been caught cheating, that person will have to wait at least 90 days.

If you fail the test

You must wait at least 28 days before you will be allowed to retake the reinstatement knowledge test. You will have to make another appointment.

If your licence has been revoked or suspended for 3 years or more

You will have to retake the knowledge and road tests for class of licence you wish to obtain.

Last update: March 22, 2022