Owners and Operators

Registration in the register of owners and operators of heavy vehicles

To be authorized to operate a heavy vehicle, owners and operators are required to register in the Registre des propriétaires et des exploitants de véhicules lourds (register of owners and operators of heavy vehicles) of the Commission des transports du Québec.

Persons required to be registered

  • Owners and operators of heavy vehiclesA road vehicle having a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 4,500 kg or more, or a combination of road vehicles having a gross combination weight rating of 4,500 kg or more. The following vehicles are also considered to be heavy vehicles regardless of their GVWR: buses, minibuses, tow trucks, vehicles transporting dangerous substances requiring the display of safety marks. registered in Québec
  • Owners and operators of heavy vehicles that are registered outside Canada but operated in Québec

Vehicles covered by the registration requirement

Owners and operators are required to register in the register of owners and operators of heavy vehicles if the vehicles that they own or operate:

  • are used for commercial or professional purposes
  • AND

  • belong to one of the following categories
    • trucks, trailers and semi-trailers with a gross vehicle weight ratingA vehicle's weight, including its maximum load capacity, according to the manufacturer's specifications. (GVWR) of 4,500 kg or more
    • combinations of road vehicles with a gross combination weight rating of 4,500 kg or more
    • tow trucks
    • vehicles transporting dangerous substances requiring the display of safety marks
Useful information

Buses and minibuses

Owners and operators are required to register in the Commision's register, as buses and minibuses are considered heavy vehicles.

For more details

Visit the Commission des transports du Québec's Web site for information on:

  • how to register and renew your registration
  • cases where registration is not required
Warning

Right to operate a heavy vehicle

As long as the owner of a heavy vehicle is not registered in the register of owners and operators of heavy vehicles, the vehicle cannot be operated, even if it is registered with the SAAQ (licence plate).