Registering a Vehicle

Vehicle Used for School Transportation

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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:

  • a school board
  • a Cégep authorized to organize student transportation
  • a private school
  • a subcontractor

1 Before registration

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.

To check whether the vehicle can be registered, you can use our online service. You will be charged a fee for this service.

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 vehicle.

Mechanical inspection

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.

To avoid unpleasant surprises

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:

  • if it has been rebuilt
  • if it has passed a mechanical inspection
  • how many people have owned it
  • how it has been used in the past, e.g. if it has been used as a taxi

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

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

It cannot be re-authorized for road use until it has passed a mechanical inspection carried out by a certified business and a valid mechanical inspection certificate has been issued.

2 When you register the vehicle

Documents required

The buyer and the seller–or their representatives–must present their driver's licence or another official photo ID document.

If the vehicle is new

The buyer must present the Attestation de transaction avec un commerçant and Description du véhicule neuf forms given by the dealer.

If the vehicle is used

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.

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.
  • The Attestation de transaction avec un commerçant form
  • The registration certificate signed by the former owner and the dealer
  • The most recent valid mechanical inspection certificate, which must be dated within the past 6 months
  • The most recent valid mechanical inspection certificate, which must be dated within the past 6 months
  • The sales contract between the buyer and the business or self-employed worker
  • The most recent valid mechanical inspection certificate, which must be dated within the past 6 months

If the person registering the vehicle does not have a driver's licence

Phone us to find out what documents to bring when registering the vehicle.

If none of the business's directors can come to the service outlet in person

The person registering the vehicle will have to present the original copy of a document authorizing that person to act on its behalf.

If the vehicle comes from outside Québec

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.

3 Costs and payment

Payment methods

At our service outlets, we accept payment:

  • in cash
  • by Interac (debit card)—not available in some service outlets
  • by one or more pre-authorized debits (a cheque specimen must be provided)
  • by cheque or money order

Payment by credit card is not accepted.

Payment of the GST and QST

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.

4 Insurance

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:

  • all of the owner's vehicles may be prohibited from road use
  • the owner will be assessed a fine of $325 to $2,800