State of Health and Driver's Licences

The SAAQ is adopting a new approach to monitoring the health of drivers once they turn 75. They will now be required to complete a mandatory Self-Declaration of Medical Information (PDF, 149.8 ko) form. This form replaces the medical reports that were previously required, which had to be completed by health care professionals.

In order to reduce the impact of this change on 75-year-old drivers, use of the new form has been implemented progressively since December 2021.

If this new approach applies to you, you will soon receive a letter explaining the new procedure. If you don’t receive a letter, it simply means that you don’t have anything to do. 

In Québec, all drivers must satisfy requirements concerning their state of health and eyesight. 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 (for example, if an illness is reported that can affect your ability to drive) 

If you hold a Class 5 licence (automobile), a Class 6A, 6B, 6C or 6E licence (motorcycle), a Class 6D licence (moped or motorized scooter) or a Class 8 licence (farm tractor), once you turn 75, you must disclose your state of health using the self-declaration of medical information form. You will be sent a copy of the form along with an explanatory letter 6 months before your birthday.

Once you turn 80, and every two years thereafter, you will have to undergo a medical examination and a vision test carried out by a health care professional. You will be sent the medical examination and vision test forms 6 months before your birthday, along with an explanatory letter.

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 in the United States that requires a Class 1, 2, 3 or 4B licence, 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.

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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: March  3, 2022