Registering a Vehicle

Before registration

Commission des transports du Québec

  1. Your organization must be registered in the Registre des propriétaires et des exploitants de véhicules lourds (register of owners and operators of heavy vehicles) of the Commission des transports du Québec (CTQ), because the bus or minibus is considered to be a heavy vehicleVehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 4,500 kg or more, as indicated on the compliance label.. If your organization is not registered in Registre, you can still register the vehicle, but you cannot put it into operation.
  2. If you charge a fare to your passengers, you must obtain a bus transport permit from the CTQ.

Mechanical inspection

  • If the school bus or minibus is used, the most recent mechanical inspection must have been performed within the past 6 months.
    • If the most recent mechanical inspection was performed more than 6 months ago, you must make an appointment at a mechanical inspection centre to obtain a valid mechanical inspection certificate.
  • If the vehicle is from outside Québec, you must present a valid mechanical inspection certificate, even if you bought it from a dealership.

If the vehicle was bought from a business offering a preventive maintenance program (PMP)

If the buyer does not opt for the PMP, the bus or minibus must be inspected at a mechanical inspection centre within 90 days of purchase.

Registering a bus or minibus for a business

Your organization must be registered with the Registraire des entreprises (REQ). You can then provide your Québec enterprise number (NEQ) when you register your vehicle.

If the bus or minibus is not authorized for road use or has been in storage for one year or longer

You must present it for a mechanical inspection. If it passes the inspection, you will be issued a valid mechanical inspection certificate and you will be asked to present the certificate when you register your vehicle.

Last update: May 13, 2022