Public Bus or MinibusChange
A bus or minibus used to transport paying passengers must be registered at an SAAQ service outlet.
What is a public bus or minibus?
A bus or minibus is publicA bus or minibus used to transport paying passengers. This definition excludes buses or minibuses used to transport school children. if the passengers are charged a fare.
This includes a bus or minibus that:
The owner of a public bus or minibus must be registered in the Registre des propriétaires et des exploitants de véhicules lourds of the Commission des transports du Québec (CTQ) because such a vehicle 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 the buyer of the bus or minibus is not registered in the Registre, it can still register the vehicle, but cannot put it into operation.
You must have a transport permit issued by the CTQ.
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.
Your business must be registered with the Registraire des entreprises (REQ). You can then provide your Québec enterprise number (NEQ) when you register your bus or minibus.
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.
The buyer and the seller—or their representatives—must present their driver's licence or another official photo ID document.
The buyer must also present a bus transport permit issued by the CTQ.
You must present the Attestation de transaction avec un commerçant and Description du véhicule neuf forms that you received from the dealer.
The documents you must present when you register your bus or minibus are different depending on the person or business from which you bought it. In any case, you must indicate the bus's or minibus's odometer reading.
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You must register it under the International Registration Plan(IRP).
Chartered buses are not required to be registered under the IRP.
Phone us to find out what documents you must bring with you when registering your bus or minibus.
It is considered to be an imported vehicle. In that case, there are other documents you have to present so that we can verify whether the bus or minibus is authorized for road use in Québec. To find out more, visit the Registering a vehicle from outside Québec web page.
At our service outlets, we accept payment:
Payment by credit card is not accepted.
Whether the bus or minibus is new or used, you must pay the GST and QST if you buy it from a dealership, business or self-employed worker registered for the GST and QST.
For more information, phone Revenu Québec.
If the bus or minibus is purchased from an individual, you are only required to pay the QST.
You must have a civil liability insurance policy contracted from a private insurer providing minimum coverage of $1 million.
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 propery of another party:
Last update: May 13, 2022