The status of your vehicle is “active” or “in storage” in the SAAQ’s vehicle registration records OR
If you do not currently own or lease a vehicle, you have informed the SAAQ that you are committed to acquiring or leasing a vehicle within the next four years
Possible character combinations
Spaces are not permitted.
The licence plate character combination must not be easily confused with another licence plate number.
The character combination must be clear and easy to read. For example, the following character combinations are unclear and difficult to read: MWMMWM, IIII, B8B8.
Combinations that feature more than 4 consecutive identical characters are not permitted (e.g.: AAAAA).
The personalized character combination chosen must not include an expression or message that, when read forwards or backwards:
gives the false impression that the road vehicle’s owner is, or is connected to, a public authority
expresses disregard toward road safety
expresses an obscene, scandalous or sexual idea
expresses abusive or derogatory language or offensive expressions in any language, including texting language
promotes the perpetration of a criminal offence
is prohibited by law or is a distinctive nameA name is considered distinctive when it has been invented for a trademark and could only refer to this trademark. used as a registered trademark. For example, the name “Nike” cannot be used. However, the name “Apple” can be used, as it also refers to a fruit. It is your responsibility to ensure that your chosen character combination is not a distinctive trademark. You can find the list of registered trademarks in the Canadian Trademarks Database on the website of the federal government.
Passenger vehicles, motorcycles, mopeds or motorized scooters and motor homes
With regard to the positions of the numbers and letters, no restrictions apply to combinations of 2 to 4 characters.
Combinations of 5 to 7 characters must respect the following formats:
5 to 7 letters
One number followed by 4 to 6 letters
4 to 6 letters followed by one number
One number followed by 3 to 5 letters and ending with one number
Consecutive “0”s are not allowed in combinations of 5 to 7 characters. Please note that the letter “O” cannot be printed on a licence plate. If you include the letter “O” in your combination, it will automatically be replaced with the number “0”.
Snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles (V licence plates)
With regard to the positions of the numbers and letters, no restrictions apply to combinations of 1 to 4 characters.
Combinations of 5 characters must respect the following formats:
4 letters followed by one number
Please note that the letter “O” cannot be printed on a licence plate. If you include the letter “O” in your combination, it will automatically be replaced with the number “0”.
The SAAQ reserves the right to refuse to issue, or to remove from circulation, any character combination that does not comply or no longer complies with the established rules and is not liable for any prejudice which may result from the combination chosen by the applicant.
If the personalized character combination chosen is accepted by the SAAQ, an automated email will be sent to you informing you of that fact. Accepted personalized character combinations will automatically be sent to the manufacturer.
If the personalized character combination chosen is refused by the SAAQ, an automated email will be sent to you informing you of the situation, and the acquisition fees will be reimbursed. If you wish to choose another combination, you will have to complete a new order.
Fees and delivery
Acquisition of a personalized licence plate
$249.50 (taxes included)
Fees related to the administration of the personalized licence plate system
$34.49 (taxes included)
These fees will be added to the total amount of the annual vehicle registration renewal notice. The acquisition fees and costs for a personalized licence plate are not reimbursable.
The licence plate will be delivered by Canada Post to the address indicated in the SAAQ’s files, within 3 to 6 weeks. You will receive an email from Canada Post with the tracking number for the delivery.
A personalized licence plate reported missing or stolen cannot be reprinted with the same personalized character combination. To obtain a new personalized licence plate, you must submit a new request for a different character combination and pay the personalized licence plate acquisition fees.
If you own a vehicle with a personalized licence plate and that vehicle is seized and impounded, it is your responsibility to recover it. If you do not recover the vehicle, the personalized licence plate will be destroyed and cannot be reprinted.
A personalized licence plate must be activated before it is placed on its intended vehicle. If you drive your vehicle or allow your vehicle to be driven with a non-activated licence plate, you are committing an offence and are liable to a fine of $100 to $200.