Personalized Licence Plates

It is possible for you to obtain a personalized licence plate to suit your tastes. You can set yourself apart from other drivers by choosing a unique and original combination of letters and numbers.

Each personalized licence plate ordered will be verified by the SAAQ in order to ensure that the chosen combination is appropriate and that it complies with the established rules.

This service is offered online only.

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Who can use this service

Who can order a personalized licence plate?

  • Owners of vehicles registered in Québec
  • Co-owners or co-lessees of vehicles registered under more than one name (the personalized licence plate is associated with the registration certificate, not the owners)
  • Holders of a licence authorizing the operation of a road vehicle

Please note that you cannot order a personalized licence plate to offer or sell to another person.

Vehicles that are eligible for personalized plates

  • Passenger vehicles (automobiles) destined for personal use
  • Motorcycles
  • Mopeds or motorized scooters
  • Motor homes weighing 3,000 kg or less
  • Snowmobiles
  • All-terrain vehicles

Vehicles that are not eligible for personalized plates

  • Commercial vehicles and special use vehicles (F licence plates)
  • Trailers, camping trailers and tent trailers (R licence plates)
  • Buses and minibuses (A licence plates)
  • Off-road vehicles (except snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles) (V licence plates)
  • Amateur radio operator vehicles (VA2 or VE2 licence plates)
  • Vehicles with restricted-area use, such as tractors and other farm vehicles (C licence plates)
  • Taxis (T licence plates)
  • Heavy vehicles (L licence plates)
  • Passenger vehicles used by members of a consular corps or a foreign delegation (CC licence plates)
  • Passenger vehicles used by members of a diplomatic corps or the International Civil Aviation Organization (CD licence plates)
  • Vehicles with a dealer plate (X licence plates)

Eligibility criteria

  • You own a vehicle, or have taken out a long-term lease on a vehicle (for more information, refer to the SAAQ’s policy on registering vehicles leased under a long-term contract, entitled Immatriculation des véhicules loués à long terme (PDF, 40 KB)This file does not meet Web accessibility standards. (in French only))
  • The status of your vehicle is “active” or “in storage” in the SAAQ’s vehicle registration records
  • 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

General rules

  • 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 ABCDEFG
One number followed by 4 to 6 letters 1ABCDEF
4 to 6 letters followed by one number ABCDEF1
One number followed by 3 to 5 letters and ending with one number 1ABCDE1
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:
5 letters ABCDE
4 letters followed by one number ABCD1
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.

Delivery time

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.

Important information

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.

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.

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.