Registering a Vehicle

Before registration

To register a vehicle to a business

The business must be registered with the Registraire des entreprises (enterprise register), because you need to provide your Québec enterprise number (NEQ) to register your equipment transport vehicle.

Registration in the Registre des propriétaires et des exploitants de véhicules lourds (register of owners and operators of heavy vehicles)

The business must be registered in the register of owners and operators of heavy vehicles of the Commission des transports du Québec (CTQ) if the vehicle has a gross vehicle weight ratingA vehicle's weight, including its maximum load capacity, according to the manufacturer's specifications. of 4,500 kg or more.

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.

Mechanical inspection

If the gross vehicle weight ratingA vehicle's weight, including its maximum load capacity, according to the manufacturer's specifications. of the equipment transport vehicle is over 4,500 kg, the most recent mechanical inspection must have been performed within the past 12 months.

You must present a valid mechanical inspection certificate when you register your vehicle.

To avoid unpleasant surprises

Before buying a used equipment transport vehicle, 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 vehicle 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:

  • if it has been rebuilt
  • if it has passed a mechanical inspection
  • how many people have owned it

To obtain a copy of the vehicle record, you can:

The vehicle cannot be registered…

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 vehicle is not authorized for road use or has been stored for one year or longer

It cannot be put back into operation until it has passed a mechanical inspection carried out by a certified business and a valid mechanical inspection certificate has been issued.

Last update: August 17, 2018