The Act respecting remunerated passenger transportation by automobile came into force on October 10, 2020. To find out more about the obligations set forth under the Act and its attendant regulations, as well as deadlines, see the reference document (in French only) or visit the Modernisation de l’industrie du taxi page (in French only) on the website of Québec's Ministère des Transports.
To drive a taxi or a vehicle comparable to a taxi, you must hold the required licence and permit, carry out basic inspections and comply with the rules that govern remunerated passenger transportation by automobile.
The authorized driver's permit is issued by the SAAQ.
If you offer or provide remunerated passenger transportation by automobile without holding a Class 5 driver’s licence and an authorized driver’s permit, your driver’s licence can be suspended and the vehicle you were driving can be seized immediately and impounded for 7, 30 or 90 days.
To obtain an authorized driver’s permit, you must:
For more details regarding training, contact the Québec's Ministère des Transports.
The Act respecting transportation services by taxi has been repealed and replaced by the Act respecting remunerated passenger transportation by automobile.
Given that the new training was not offered before October 10, 2020 in the recognized training centres, a transitional measure has been put into place.
To apply for an authorized driver’s permit as of October 10, 2020:
As of January 10, 2021, the SAAQ may cancel the authorization granted to an authorized driver if proof of training and proof of passing the test have not been submitted.
For more details regarding training, contact Québec's Ministère des Transports.
To obtain or renew an authorized driver’s permit, you must request a criminal record check.
Step 1 – Fill out the Demande de verification des antécédents judiciaires – Permis de chauffeur autorisé form (in French only) before applying for or renewing your permit. Note that the criminal record check must be issued by a municipal police department or the Sûreté du Québec. Criminal record checks issued by private firms or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are not accepted.
Step 2 – Contact your local police department to find out the steps to follow for the criminal record check.
Processing time and fees will apply.
Your permit cannot be issued right away.
You have 30 days to notify us and the Commission des transports du Québec (CTQ) of a change of address.
Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec
333, boulevard Jean-Lesage
Case postale 19600, succursale Terminus
Québec (Québec) G1K 8J6
Before each new work shift, you are required to check certain components of your taxi or automobile comparable to a taxi, such as:
You must record your observations in a basic inspection report and keep it in the vehicle as evidence that the inspection has been performed.
The vehicle is prohibited from road use. The defect must be repaired before the vehicle can be used again. For more details, consult the Road Vehicle Mechanical Inspection Guide (PDF, 9.6 Mo)This file does not meet the Web accessibility standard..
Other obligations, under the authority of the Ministère des Transports, must be fulfilled, such as:
Last update: January 11, 2022