New or Used Car or Motor Home Bought from a DealerChange
If you are purchasing or renting an automobile or a motor home from a car dealer or other retailer, you can either have that person register the vehicle or do it yourself at an SAAQ service outlet.
Automobiles with a net weightWeight of the vehicle and the equipment permanently attached to it, excluding the weight of its load. of 3,000 kg or less and motor homesA motor vehicle permanently converted into living quarters. are categorized as passenger vehiclesA motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle, a moped and a minibus. This vehicle must be owned by a natural person, carry up to 9 occupants (where such transportation does not require a permit from the Commission des transports du Québec), and be used mainly for personal purposes., which also include:
The registration procedure is the same for all of these vehicles.
If the buyer or the seller has an unpaid fine for an offence under the Highway Safety Code or under a municipal traffic or parking bylaw.
The Bureau des infractions et amendes and the municipal courts are responsible for collecting fines. You cannot pay a fine at an SAAQ service outlet.
To check whether the vehicle can be registered, you can use our online service. You will be charged a fee for this service.
The vehicle registration is usually completed by the dealer on delivery of the new or used vehicle.
You must show your driver's licence or another official photo ID document.
You must go to one of our service outlets shortly after the delivery of the vehicle to register it in your name.
You must also bring:
Phone us to find out what documents you must bring with you when registering your vehicle.
The person registering the vehicle on your behalf will need to provide:
A vehicle from outside Québec is considered to be an imported vehicle, which means there are other documents you will have to provide so that we can verify whether the vehicle can be used in Québec. Refer to the Registering a vehicle from outside Québec section for more information.
If you wish to operate your military-type vehicle on the entire road network and it was not registered prior to August 22, 2019, you must bring the engineer’s declaration form entitled Déclaration de l’ingénieur (PDF, 115.7 ko) (in French only). You must also bring a valid certificate from mechanical inspection carried out after the engineer gave a favourable assessment.
To find out the cost to have a vehicle, new motor home or used motor home bought from a dealer registered, visit the Rates and Fines Rates and Fines section.
At our service outlets, we accept payment:
Payment by credit card is not accepted.
If the vehicle registration is completed at the dealership, you will have to pay the GST and QST to the dealer on delivery.
If the vehicle registration is completed at the SAAQ, you will have to pay the GST at the dealership and the QST at the time of registration.
You must have a civil liability insurance policy contracted from a private insurer providing minimum coverage of $50,000.
If you are not insured and you are pulled over by the police or involved in a traffic accident that causes more than $500 in damage to the property of another party:
Last update: October 5, 2021