This section provides instructions on how to prepare for the road tests.
The key to passing any test is preparation. To obtain your driver's licence, you must pass all three parts of the knowledge test:
To prepare for this test, you will have to study the three learning guides:
You can also practice using the "Illustrated situation scenarios" category of questions in the Check Your Road Safety Knowledge online quiz. Each question in this category features a situation scenario.
The three parts of the test are based on the competencies targeted in the Road Safety Education Program (RSEP). To obtain a driver's licence, you must develop the following competencies:
The three parts of the test include questions presented as text and illustrated situations. These situations focus on the skills and qualities that are essential to driving:
The OEA (observe, evaluate, act) strategy can help you. As a passenger, practise using this strategy, which is the same exercise that all good drivers actually use on the road. You can do this exercise while riding in a car or a bus.
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Once you are prepared, you must make an appointment to check whether you qualify to take the test.
Step 1 – Make sure you meet the following conditions:
Step 2 – Make the appointment:
Step 3 – Go to the designated SAAQ service centre with the original copies of the documents requested when you made the appointment, namely:
In certain situations, other documents may be required. To find out whether this is the case, please contact us.
Depending on your situation, you could take the knowledge test at the service centre, on the same day as your appointment, or you may have to make another appointment.
Step 4 – Pay the applicable fees to obtain your licence
It is important that you take your time. Make sure you do not rush through the test.
For questions that include illustrated situations, you can expand the illustration by clicking on it. It will then fill the entire screen.
After expanding the illustration, look at every element and every rule you must consider. Identify any violations of traffic rules, signs or signals. Be sure to:
The test can be taken in French, English, Arabic, Spanish or Mandarin.
French- and English-language audio tracks are also available to candidates via the computer used in the test. This measure is provided to help lighten the reading effort. If you want to take your test with the audio track, you must first ask the clerk at the counter for it, as this service is only available on request.
The test can also be taken with an interpreter within three years after you settle in Québec. You can find out about the applicable fees and how to request this service in an SAAQ service centre.
If you fail the test, you must wait at least 28 days before you will be allowed to retake the test. You will have to make another appointment. You will only have to retake the parts of the test that you failed.
Before making an appointment for the road test, you must have passed the knowledge test.
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The road test is used to evaluate your ability to drive safely.
If you lack French- or English-language skills, the driving examiner will use hand signals to give you instructions during the road test.
We do not provide a vehicle for the test. You must report for the test with a vehicle that is in good mechanical condition.
Regardless of the vehicle used for the test, you will not be allowed to carry a passenger or pet. In the case of poor weather, check to make sure your appointment has not been cancelled.
If you fail the test, you must wait at least 28 days before you will be allowed to retake the test. You will have to make another appointment.
All vehicles must be registered (other than rare exceptions) and bear a rear licence plate. If you purchase a vehicle in Québec, you must have the vehicle registered as soon as you take possession of it. You will have to prove to the SAAQ that you are the owner (or long-term lessee) of the vehicle and pay certain fees for the initial registration.
You will subsequently have to pay the annual vehicle registration fees to be allowed to drive your vehicle. If you do not wish to operate your vehicle for an extended period, you can put it into storage.
If you are a new resident and are coming to Québec with a vehicle (e.g. from another province or the United States), you must have the vehicle registered within 90 days after settling in Québec.
You must always be prepared to show your vehicle registration certificate and your property damage insurance certificate. You must therefore keep them with you or inside the vehicle.
Last update: July 21, 2021