Modes of Transportation

Hand-Crafted Vehicles

Hand-crafted vehicles must be authorized for road use by the SAAQ.

What is a hand-crafted vehicle?

A vehicle built or assembled by an individual for personal use and corresponding to one of the following cases:

  • the chassis and the body do not belong to the same production model
  • the vehicle is a kit car; parts of the chassis (with or without the frame) come from a same production model, but the body was manufactured or built by an individual
  • the vehicle was designed by its builder and contains few parts belonging to production vehicles

Before building a vehicle

It is recommended that you consult the following documents:

Discuss your project with us before carrying it out

If the vehicle that you wish to build resembles a vehicle that you have seen before on Québec roads (e.g. Cobra replica or three-wheeled vehicle), you will probably be able to carry out your project and access the road network.

If this is not the case – or if you have any doubts – contact us to avoid unpleasant surprises when the time comes to register your vehicle:

By mail

Direction générale de l'expertise légale et de la sécurité des véhicules
Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec
Case postale 19600, succursale Terminus
Québec (Québec)  G1K 8J6

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By telephone


Based on the complexity of your file and when you submit it, the analysis may take some time.

The following vehicles are prohibited from use on the road network

  • Replicas of off-road vehicles, such as motorized all-terrain vehicles (ATVs, quad bikes, side-by-side vehicles and all-terrain motorcycles)
  • Replicas of race cars (open-wheel, NASCAR, drag race cars)

For more information

Find out about the process of building and registering a hand-crafted vehicle.

Last update: May 27, 2022