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Discarding a Vehicle

A vehicle is discarded when its owner no longer wants to use it, often because the vehicle has become inoperable or is very old. Discarding a vehicle is a definitive operation. Do not confuse discarding a vehicle with storing a vehicle.

Before you start

Have on hand the most recent registration certificate for the vehicle to be discarded.

Who can use this online service?

  • Individuals who want to discard a vehicle because they do not intend to ever use it again.
  • Individuals who wish to discard a vehicle registered under more than one name (co-ownership or co-leasing) because they do not intend to ever use it again.

Important information

After having discarded a vehicle

  • Keep the new registration certificate marked Mise au rancart (discarded vehicle) that you will receive in the mail. It is proof that the vehicle has been discarded.
  • Remove the licence plate from the vehicle.
  • Destroy the licence plate safely or keep it for registering another vehicle within a 3-year period.

No refund is given for discarding:

  • a motorcycle after September 30
  • a snowmobile after March 31

Vehicle declared a total loss

If the vehicle is insured

Step 1 – Contact your insurance company to obtain one of the two following documents:

  • Demande de transfert de propriété et procuration (application to transfer ownership and power of attorney)
  • Véhicule déclaré perte totale (vehicle declared a total loss)

Step 2 – Bring the document to one of our service outlets to have the vehicle's registration cancelled.

If the vehicle is not insured
  • Go to one of our service outlets to have the vehicle's registration cancelled.
  • Provide the event number the police officer gave you.

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Last update: November 24, 2022

A new version of this service will be offered through the SAAQclic online services platform. Discover SAAQclic.

Online service hours

Monday through Saturday, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Sunday, from noon to 11:00 p.m.

Important: Any operation completed after 11:00 p.m. will not be recorded.