Private Bus or MinibusChange
If you own a bus or minibus used for your personal needs, you must register it at an SAAQ service outlet.
What is a private bus or minibus?
A bus or minibus is privateA bus or minibus used to carry passengers free of charge. if it is used to transport people free of charge.
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.
If the owner of the bus or minibus is a business, it 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 vehicleA road vehicle having a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 4,500 kg or more, or a combination of road vehicles having a gross combination weight rating of 4,500 kg or more. The following vehicles are also considered to be heavy vehicles regardless of their GVWR: buses, minibuses, tow trucks, vehicles transporting dangerous substances requiring the display of safety marks..
If the business that bought the bus or minibus is not registered in the Registre, it can still register the vehicle, but cannot put it into operation.
The mechanical inspection is not required for a minibus used by a family of 9 or more people living in the same household.
Before buying a used bus or minibus, check with the Registre des droits personnels et réels mobiliers (register of personal and movable real rights—in French only) to make sure it is free of debt. If you buy a bus or minibus that has not been paid for in full, it can be seized by the creditor.
You can also request a copy of the vehicle record from the SAAQ to find out:
To obtain a copy of the vehicle record, you can:
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 must present their driver's licence or another official photo ID document.
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.
|Bought from a dealership||Bought from an individual||Bought from a business or a self-employed worker registered for the GST and QSTA business or self-employed worker that is registered for and collects the GST and QST. For more information, phone Revenu Québec.|
You must also present the Consent of a Person Having Parental Authority (PDF, 103 KB) form completed by your father, mother or legal guardian.
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 $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: February 4, 2016