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
You must ensure that the vehicle is authorized for road use and that the driver’s licence of the person driving the vehicle is valid before the vehicle is operated. Activating the personalized licence plate does not authorize the vehicle for road use.
Possible character combinations
The SAAQ reserves the right to refuse, or to remove from circulation, any character combination that does not comply with the established rules, and is not liable for any prejudice which may result from the combination chosen by the applicant.
If the chosen character combination is accepted by the SAAQ, you will be informed by automated email, and the character combination will automatically be sent to the manufacturer.
If the 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.
Only the letters of the alphabet and the 10 Arabic numerals (0 to 9) are authorized characters.
The numbers 00 and the letters OO cannot appear one after the other in combinations of 5 to 7 characters.
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”.
Spaces are not permitted.
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 comply with the following rules, whether it is read forwards or backwards. It must not include an expression or message that:
gives the false impression that the road vehicle’s owner is, or is connected to, a public authority, peace officer or carrier enforcement officer, or that he or she works for an emergency service or a government organization
expresses disregard toward road safety
expresses an obscene, scandalous or sexual idea
expresses abusive or derogatory language
promotes the perpetration of a criminal offence
could be easily confused with another licence plate number (e.g. MAG1 and MAGI)
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.. For example, the name “Nike” cannot be used. However, the name “Apple” can be used, as it also refers to a fruit. Make sure to ensure that your chosen character combination is not a distinctive trademark.
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 (maximum) 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
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 (maximum) must respect the following formats:
4 letters followed by one number
Note that the number on a temporary paper licence plate is randomly generated and will not correspond to your chosen character combination. Your chosen combination will appear on the metal licence plate mailed to you.
Acquisition and Annual Fees
Acquisition of a personalized licence plate
$272.49 (taxes included)
The acquisition fees for a personalized licence plate are not reimbursable.
The annual fees for a personalized licence plate are not reimbursable.
The annual fees are charged each year through a statement of account. This statement is sent to you in the weeks following your birthday.
Please note that the invoicing date for the annual fees for a personalized licence plate that is associated with a vehicle that is co-owned, co-leased or owned by a trust is based on the date on which the personalized licence plate was mailed.
Note that these annual fees are charged even if you have not activated your personalized licence plate or the vehicle associated with the licence plate has been put into storage, discarded or prohibited from being put into operation.
If you do not wish to pay the annual fees in the future, you must return your personalized licence plate to an SAAQ service outlet.
Fee for reprinting a personalized licence plate
$62.37 (taxes included)
Temporary licence plate
You must print a temporary licence plate bearing a randomly generated number while waiting to receive your personalized metal licence plate in the mail. You must place the temporary plate in the top left corner of the vehicle’s rear window. For vehicles that do not have rear windows, such as motorcycles, snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles, the temporary plate must be visible on the vehicle.
Delivery and activation
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. If you have still not received your licence plate at the end of this period, please contact us.
Once you receive your personalized licence plate, you must activate it by either:
using SAAQclic online services (you must print your registration certificate), or
going to a service centre (your registration certificate will be given to you)