Reacquiring or Reinstating a Driver’s Licence

I have been found guilty of an offence committed before November 25, 2019

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Regardless of the impaired driving offence for which you were convicted, you will have to go through the same process to reacquire your licence.

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 a restricted licence related to a conviction for alcohol-impaired driving, which would allow you to only drive 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 driving prohibition period

One year before the end of the penalty period, we will send you another letter notifying you that you are required to take part in the program to assess and reduce the risk of impaired driving. You will be required to undergo either:

  • a comprehensive assessment
  • OR
  • a maintenance assessment, if your 1st assessment resulted in a favourable report

In this letter, we will also notify you that you must have a medical examination report completed by your physician, which you must then mail back to us.

Step 2 – Comprehensive assessment or maintenance assessment

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

The maintenance assessment—which takes a few hours to complete—is to ensure that you do not present a risk of a repeat offence.

At the end of the assessment, the assessment professional writes a final 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.

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 with Condition X

    • Costs

      Alcohol ignition interlock device

      • Installation fees: $50.00 + taxes
      • Monthly rental fees: $61.00 + taxes
      • Withdrawal of the device and cost to close the file: $0.00
    • Documents to provide

      Licence with Condition X

      • Letter from the SAAQ authorizing you to obtain this licence
      • Service agreement to lease the alcohol ignition interlock device

Step 1 – Receiving a letter from the SAAQ

At the end of your penalty period, we will send you a letter notifying you of our decision to grant you a licence with Condition X. This condition, which requires you to only drive 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., will be in effect for life.

Step 2 – Leasing and installing an alcohol ignition interlock device

You are required to lease an alcohol ignition interlock device and have it installed, at your expense and in accordance with our requirements.

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

2 The SAAQ refuses to issue me a licence with Conditon X

    • Costs

      Program to assess and reduce the risk of impaired driving

      • Comprehensive assessment: $710.00 + taxes

      Alcohol ignition interlock device

      • Installation fees: $50.00 + taxes
      • Monthly rental fees: $61.00 + taxes
      • Withdrawal of the device and cost to close the file: $0.00

      Obtaining a new licence

      • $362.00 to $482.00

Step 1 – Receiving a letter from the SAAQ

If the assessment indicates that you are not capable of dissociating the consumption of alcohol from driving or that you present a risk of a repeat offence, we will send you a letter notifying you that you must:

  • undergo another comprehensive assessment with a certified assessment professional

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 device. In this case, your licence would have Condition X for life.

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

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

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.

If you disagree with our decision

You have 60 days to contest it.

Last update: May 13, 2022