If you wish to take a driving course to obtain a driver’s licence, it is important that you register with a driving school that is recognized by the SAAQ.
Even if a school is recognized by the SAAQ, it may be temporarily suspended further to an inspection. If the school is suspended, it cannot offer driving courses on a temporary basis, but it can still issue an attestation for the lessons that you have taken there.
Make sure that the school is on the list of driving schools recognized by the SAAQ. Its recognition certificate must be displayed on the premises.
When you sign the contract
Make sure that the contract mentions the Road Safety Education Program (Programme d’éducation à la sécurité routière).
Make sure that the contract is made in the name of the driving school with which you are registering, and ask for a copy of the contract when you sign it.
If you are taking a course to drive an automobile (Class 5), make sure the fee is no higher than $962 + tax (maximum fee determined by the government). For courses to drive a motorcycle (Class 6A, 6B or 6C), a 3-wheel motorcycle (Class 6E) or a moped or motorized scooter (Class 6D), no maximum fee has been determined by the government.
Ask for a receipt for each instalment you pay. Make sure that the receipt is in the name of the driving school with which you are registered. Here is the number of instalments that you can expect to pay, depending on the driving course:
Automobile: 6 equal instalments
Motorcycle: 4 equal instalments
Moped or motorized scooter and 3-wheel motorcycle: 2 equal instalments