Vehicle Used for School TransportationChange
An automobile or a van weighing 3,000 kg or less that is used for school transportation must be registered at an SAAQ service outlet.
What types of vehicles are we referring to?
These include automobiles, vans and minivans. Buses and minibuses are not passenger vehicles.
These vehicles are used, either on occasion or full time, for school transportationA road vehicle, other than a bus or minibus engaged in the transportation of school children, that may be used on occasion or full time to carry school children and that is operated by a school board or a private educational institution, or under the terms of a contract with a school board exercising authority in connection with the transportation of school children, or with a cégep authorized to organize the transportation of students. operated by:
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.
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 vehicle.
If the vehicle is used, the most recent mechanical inspection must have been performed within the past 6 months. You must present a valid mechanical inspection certificate when you register the vehicle.
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 a copy of the vehicle record from the SAAQ to find out:
To obtain a copy of the vehicle record, you can:
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.
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 your 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 used for school transportation 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 owner of the vehicle must have a civil liability insurance policy contracted from a private insurer providing minimum coverage of $50,000.
If the vehicle is not insured and it is involved in a traffic accident that causes more than $500 in damage to the property of another party:
Last update: May 16, 2022