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Combinations

Each personalized licence plate ordered will be verified by the SAAQ in order to ensure that the chosen combination is appropriate and that it complies with the established rules.

General rules

  • Spaces are not permitted.
  • The licence plate character combination must not be easily confused with another licence plate number.
  • The character combination must be clear and easy to read. For example, the following character combinations are unclear and difficult to read: MWMMWM, IIII, B8B8.
  • Combinations that feature more than 4 consecutive identical characters are not permitted (e.g.: AAAAA).
  • The personalized character combination chosen must not include an expression or message, when read forwards or backwards:
    • that gives the false impression that the road vehicle’s owner is, or is connected to, a public authority
    • that expresses disregard toward road safety
    • that expresses an obscene, scandalous or sexual idea
    • that expresses abusive or derogatory language or offensive expressions in any language, including texting language
    • that promotes the perpetration of a criminal offence
    • that is restricted or prohibited by law (e.g. trademark). It is your responsibility to ensure that the personalized combination on your licence plate does not violate any intellectual property rights. You can find the list of registered trademarks on the website of the federal government: Canadian Trademarks Database


Passenger vehicles, motorcycles, mopeds or motorized scooters and motor homes

  • With regard to the positions of the numbers and letters, no restrictions apply to combinations of 2 to 4 characters.
  • Combinations of 5 to 7 characters must respect the following formats:
5 to 7 letters ABCDEFG
One number followed by 4 to 6 letters1ABCDEF
4 to 6 letters followed by one numberABCDEF1
One number followed by 3 to 5 letters and ending with one number1ABCDE1
The numbers 00 and the letters OO cannot appear one after the other in combinations of 5 to 7 characters. Please note that the letter O cannot be printed on a licence plate. If you include the letter O in your combination, it will automatically be replaced with the number 0.


Snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles (V- licence plates)

  • With regard to the positions of the numbers and letters, no restrictions apply to combinations of 1 to 4 characters.
  • Combinations of 5 characters must respect the following formats:
5 lettersABCDE
4 letters followed by one numberABCD1
The numbers 00 and the letters OO cannot appear one after the other in combinations of 5 characters. Please note that the letter O cannot be printed on a licence plate. If you include the letter O in your combination, it will automatically be replaced with the number 0.

Last update: July 21, 2021