Flashing or Rotating Lights or Other Special Lights

Emergency Vehicles: Sirens and Flashing or Rotating Lights

Certain emergency vehicles are automatically authorized to use flashing or rotating lights, other special lights or sirens. Other vehicles require authorization by the SAAQ.

Vehicles automatically authorized to use sirens and rotating lights

  • Police vehicles
  • Ambulances
  • Fire department vehicles

Vehicles for which authorization is required

These include various vehicles that may be recognized as emergency vehicles if they are used to:

  • transport emergency medical personnel or to dispatch emergency medical or rescue equipment to a site where an individual requires immediate care
  • maintain public peace, order and safety, to prevent crime and violation of federal or provincial laws or in the search for perpetrators:
    • by a federal or provincial peace officer whose duties require the use of a vehicle recognized as an emergency vehicle
    • by a special constable whose mission is to maintain public peace, order and safety
  • dispense professional training offered by the École nationale de police du Québec, provided the vehicle is owned by the École
  • dispense professional training in pre-hospital emergency care or fire protection and services offered by a vocational institute recognized by the ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur
  • travel to sites where the environment is threatened, provided the vehicle is owned by the ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques
  • travel to the scene of a disaster or a fire, provided the vehicle is owned by the ministère de la Sécurité publique

To obtain vehicle authorization and recognition

Step 1 – Filing an authorization application

Fill out the form entitled Demande d'autorisation pour la reconnaissance de véhicules d'urgence (PDF, 186 KB) (in French only) and send it to us.

By mail

Division de la liaison avec les corps policiers (act. 41025)
Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec
333, boulevard Jean-Lesage
Case postale 19600, succursale Terminus
Québec (Québec) G1K 8J6

By fax

418-643-1262

Step 2 – Filing a recognition application

If you have been granted authorization, we will send you an authorization number.

You must then have each of your vehicles recognized by filling out the form entitled Demande de reconnaissance d'un véhicule d'urgence (PDF, 242 KB) (in French only) and sending it to us.

By mail

Division de la liaison avec les corps policiers (act. 41025)
Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec
333, boulevard Jean-Lesage
Case postale 19600, succursale Terminus
Québec (Québec) G1K 8J6

By fax

418-643-1262

If the vehicle is recognized as an emergency vehicle, we will send you:

  • a confirmation letter
  • a recognition certificate
  • a sticker
  • a new registration certificate

Processing time for authorization, recognition and replacement is 10 business days.

Step 3 – Keeping the certificate and sticker

  • The recognition certificate must be kept on board the vehicle at all times
  • The sticker must be applied in the lower left (driver's side) corner of the windshield
Useful information

If you sell the vehicle

A certificate of recognition cannot be transferred to another vehicle or another owner.

A new application must be filed to request that a newly purchased vehicle be recognized as an emergency vehicle.

Validity period of the certificate of recognition

The certificate is valid for 2 years.

To renew or replace a certificate of recognition

Prior to the expiry date of the certificate, you will receive a renewal notice along with the form entitled Demande de reconnaissance d'un véhicule d'urgence (PDF, 242 KB) (in French only).

Fill out the form and return it to us before the due date indicated on the notice to receive a new certificate and sticker.

If the certificate or sticker has been lost or damaged

You must file a new request by filling out the form entitled Demande de reconnaissance d'un véhicule d'urgence (PDF, 242 KB) (in French only) and sending it to us.

Important! Remember to indicate the number of the old certificate of recognition and the reason you are filing an application.

By mail

Division de la liaison avec les corps policiers (act. 41025)
Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec
333, boulevard Jean-Lesage
Case postale 19600, succursale Terminus
Québec (Québec) G1K 8J6

By fax

418-643-1262