Registering a Vehicle

Motorcycle Sold Between Individuals

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When a motorcycle is sold between individuals, both the buyer and seller must go to an SAAQ service outlet to have the motorcycle registered in the buyer's name.

Useful information

If the model year of the motorcycle is prior to 1981

The motorcycle may be considered a vehicle with restricted-area use. Such a motorcycle may only be operated on roads where the speed limit is 70 km/h or less.

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:

You will be charged a fee for this service.

To avoid unpleasant surprises

Before buying a used motorcycle from an individual, check the Registre des droits personnels et réels mobiliers (register of personal and movable real rights—in French only) to determine whether:

  • the seller of the vehicle is in fact the owner of the vehicle
  • there is still any outstanding loan on the vehicle

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 owners it has had
  • how it has been used in the past, e.g. if it has been used by a driving school

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

If the motorcycle 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 your motorcycle

Documents required

The buyer and seller must show their driver's licence or another official photo ID document.

The seller must also supply the motorcycle's odometer reading.

If you are under age 18

You must also present the Consent of a Person Having Parental Authority (PDF, 103 KB) form completed by your father, mother or legal guardian.

If you do not have a driver's licence

Phone us to find out what documents you must bring with you when registering your vehicle.

If you cannot go in person

The person registering the vehicle on your behalf will need to provide the original Power of Attorney (PDF, 905 KB) form completed by you.

If the motorcycle is from outside Québec

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 motorcycle is authorized for road use in Québec. To find out more, visit the Registering a vehicle from outside Québec web page.

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 QST

At the time of registration, you are required to pay the QST, even in the case of a used vehicle. The SAAQ collects the QST on the agreed selling price or the estimated value of the vehicle, whichever is greater. 

The buyer does not have to pay the GST because the sale is between individuals.

The vehicle registration fee will be higher if…

The motorcycle is considered a high-risk motorcycle, that is, a motorcycle designed for performance and recognized as such by its manufacturer.

4 Insurance

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:

  • your driver's licence or your right to obtain one could be suspended
  • all of your vehicles may be prohibited from road use
  • you will be fined $325 to $2,800
Useful information

The seller remains the owner and person liable for the motorcycle until...

The motorcycle is registered in the buyer's name.

This means that should the buyer commit an offence or be involved in an accident with a motorcycle that is still registered in the seller's name, it is the seller who would be held responsible.