Restricted Licence Related to a Conviction for Alcohol-Impaired Driving

If you have been convicted of an alcohol- or drug-related offence, your licence will be revoked. During the penalty period, you could be eligible for a restricted licence. With such a licence, you will be required to only drive vehicles equipped with an alcohol ignition interlock device.

What is a restricted licence?

There are 2 types of restricted licence:

  • the restricted licence related to a conviction for alcohol or drug-impaired driving
  • the restricted licence related to an accumulation of demerit points

A restricted licence related to a conviction for alcohol- or drug-impaired driving allows its holder to drive during the penalty period following a licence revocation. This licence comes with very strict rules of conduct that must be followed to the letter.

A restricted licence authorizes its holder to only drive vehicles 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..

Restricted licences and off-road vehicles

Did you know that you must hold a valid driver’s licence to operate an off-road vehicle, both on trails and on public roadways? If you hold a restricted licence, you are prohibited from operating any type of off-road vehicle, since these vehicles cannot be equipped with an alcohol ignition interlock device.

You are not eligible for a restricted licence if…

  • another penalty appears on your driving record, or a medical assessment has revealed that you suffer from a condition that affects your ability to drive
  • you only hold a Class 6 (motorcycle) or Class 4C (taxi) licence
  • the revoked licence is a learner's licence

How to apply for a restricted licence

  1. Unless otherwise ordered by the court, you must wait until the end of the period of absolute driving prohibition imposed by the court.
  2. Sign a service agreement for the installation and leasing of an alcohol ignition interlock device approved by the SAAQ. These devices are available through authorized service centres of Smart Start Québec, the SAAQ’s private partner that manages Québec’s alcohol ignition interlock device program.
    • To find out the location of the service centre nearest you, call 1-844-282-8300, or visit
  3. With your alcohol ignition interlock device service agreement, go to one of our service outlets to get a restricted licence and pay the required fees.
  4. Have the alcohol ignition interlock device installed at Smart Start.

Terms and conditions of a restricted licence

  • You must drive without any alcohol in your body
  • You must follow the maintenance and data collection schedule for the alcohol ignition interlock device as set out in the Smart Start service agreement
  • You must follow the instructions on the device's screen
  • You must not attempt to circumvent, alter or remove the alcohol ignition interlock device
  • You must use the device's emergency function only in the event of serious, unforeseen circumstances
  • You must pay the fees for installing and renting the alcohol ignition interlock device

If you fail to abide by these terms and conditions, or operate a vehicle that is not equipped with an alcohol ignition interlock device, you are subject to:

  • the immediate seizure and impoundment of the vehicle you were driving for 30 or 90 days
  • a fine of $1,500.00 to $3,000.00
  • the risk that your licence will be revoked
  • criminal prosecution if you are arrested during the driving prohibition period provided for under the Criminal Code

Important! Before leaving Québec...

Find out if you are allowed to drive with a restricted licence in the jurisdiction in which you intend to travel.

Last update: May 13, 2022