State of Health and Driver's Licences

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 in 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, 4B or 4C licence (emergency vehicle, minibus, taxi), 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
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What you must do

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