Driving School VehicleChange
A vehicle owned by a driving school must be registered at an SAAQ service outlet.
This may include any of the following 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.
The business must be registered with the Registraire des entreprises (enterprise register), because you need to provide your Québec enterprise number (NEQ) to register:
The business must be registered in the register of owners and operators of heavy vehicles of the Commission des transports du Québec (CTQ) if:
If the business purchasing the vehicle is not registered with the CTQ, it may still register the vehicle, but it cannot put it into operation.
The most recent mechanical inspection must have been performed within the past 6 months for the following used vehicles:
For motorcycles, a mechanical inspection is required every 12 months.
You must present a valid mechanical inspection certificate when you register your vehicle.
If the vehicle requires a passenger (instructor) side pedal, you must obtain our authorization before registering the vehicle.
For details on the procedure, visit the Driving School Vehicle page.
Before buying a used vehicle, check 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 vehicle that has not been paid for in full, it can be seized by the creditor.
You can also request the vehicle's ownership history from the SAAQ to find out:
To obtain the vehicle's ownership history, you can:
It cannot be put back into operation until it has undergone a mechanical inspection carried out by a road vehicle inspection agent authorized by the SAAQ and a mechanical inspection certificate has been issued confirming that the vehicle meets the applicable standards.
The buyer and the seller–or their representatives–must present their driver's licence or another official photo ID document.
The buyer must present the Attestation de transaction avec un commerçant and Description du véhicule neuf forms given by the dealer.
The documents you must present when you register the vehicle are different depending on the person or business from which you bought it. In any case, you must indicate the vehicle's odometer reading.
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Phone us to find out what documents to bring when registering the vehicle.
The person registering the vehicle will have to present the original copy of a document authorizing that person to act on its behalf.
A vehicle from outside Québec is considered to be an imported vehicle, which means there are other documents the buyer will have to provide so that we can verify whether the vehicle can be used in Québec. Refer to Registering a vehicle from outside Québec section for more information.
To find out the cost to have a vehicle owned by a driving school registered, visit the Rates and Fines section.
At our service outlets, we accept payment:
Payment by credit card is not accepted.
Whether the vehicle is new or used, the buyer must pay the GST and QST if the vehicle is bought from a dealership, business or self-employed worker registered for the GST and QST.
For more information, phone Revenu Québec.
If the vehicle is purchased from an individual, the buyer is only required to pay the QST.
The driving school must have a civil liability insurance policy contracted from a private insurer providing minimum coverage of $50,000.
Last update: May 16, 2022