State of Health and Driver's Licences

The SAAQ is currently reviewing its screening process for drivers aged 75. A self-declaration of medical information form (PDF, 147.6 ko) will replace the forms that must be filled out by health care professionals. You will soon receive a letter explaining the new procedure to follow. If you have not yet received a letter, no action is required on your part.

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In Québec, all drivers must satisfy requirements concerning their state of health and vision. They are also required to notify the SAAQ of any change that could hinder their ability to drive.

1 What you should know

Mandatory medical assessments: for your safety and the safety of others

Regardless of the vehicle you drive or your age, driving requires sound physical and mental health, along with good eyesight.

In addition to the mandatory medical assessments – for which we will send you a letter – you must notify us of any change to your state of health that could hinder your ability to drive within 30 days of that change.

The frequency of the medical assessments or vision tests varies according to:

  • the classes of driver's licence
  • your age
  • your state of health, if a medical report or a denunciation informs us of an inability to drive

If you hold a Class 5 licence (automobile), a Class 6A, 6B, 6C or 6E licence (motorcycle), a Class 6D licence (scooter) or a Class 8 licence (farm tractor), you are required to undergo a medical examination and vision test:

  • 6 months before you reach the ages of 75 and 80
  • every 2 years thereafter

If you hold a Class 1, 2, or 3 licence (road tractor, bus, straight-body truck), a Class 4A or 4B licence (emergency vehicle or minibus), you are required to undergo a medical examination:

  • at ages 45, 55, 60 and 65
  • every 2 years thereafter

To drive a vehicle that requires a licence bearing class 1, 2, 3 or 4B in the United States, assessments are required:

  • at ages 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 
  • at ages 48, 51, 54, 55, 57, 60, 63 and 65 
  • every year thereafter

Make your medical appointment as soon as possible

In order to prevent the suspension of your licence or of your right to obtain one, you must make an appointment as soon as possible with your health care professional and send us the Medical Examination Report form (PDF, 353.2 ko) before the prescribed deadline.


What you must do

Have you received a letter in which you are asked to undergo a medical examination, a vision test or both?

Last update: October 13, 2021