Driving in Québec is governed by the Highway Safety Code. A driver's licence is mandatory and drivers must obey the rules concerning traffic signs, signals, vehicles and equipment.
To be allowed to drive in Québec, you must:
For example, a Class 5 licence is required to drive a passenger vehicle, such as a car.
You are allowed to drive on Québec roads for 6 consecutive months, but only an automobile, a motorcycle, a moped or a motorized scooter, provided your licence authorizes you to drive such vehicles.
You are required to exchange your foreign driver's licence for a Québec licence. You may apply for a licence exchange as soon as you arrive in Québec.
Go to the section entitled Foreign Driver's Licence for the procedure and conditions that apply to your situation.
To be authorized for road use in Québec, the vehicle – whether it is owned by you or borrowed from a friend or relative – must be registered and the fees to be authorized for road use must be paid.
There are several categories of licence plates based on vehicle type and use.
Other than the rare exception, the owners of any vehicle travelling in Québec must be covered by a third-party civil liability insurance policy of at least $50,000 contracted from a private insurance company.
Road safety is a priority in Québec. We invite you to consult the section entitled Road Safety to find out more about the provisions of the Highway Safety Code and to adopt safe behaviour on our roads.
Last update: June 4, 2022