Registering a Vehicle

New or Used Snowmobile or All-Terrain Vehicle Bought from a Dealer

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A new or used snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle bought from a dealer must be registered at an SAAQ service outlet.

What qualifies as an off-road vehicle

  • Snowmobiles with a net weightWeight of the vehicle and the equipment permanently attached to it, excluding the weight of its load. of 450 kg or less
  • The following motorized all-terrain vehicles:
    • quad bikes
    • recreational off-road vehicles
    • all-terrain motorcycles, which include motocross bikes
    • all other motorized vehicles designed or adapted to be operated on uneven or unpaved terrain or terrain that is difficult to access, especially surfaces covered with snow, ice, earth, sand or gravel, as well as in wooded areas and other natural environments.

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.

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.

2 When you register your snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle

You must go to one of our service outlets shortly after the delivery of the new or used snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle to register it in your name.

Documents required

  • Your driver's licence or another official photo ID document
  • AND
  • If the vehicle is new:
    • the forms entitled Attestation de transaction avec un commerçant and Description du véhicule neuf (in French only), provided by the dealer
  • If the vehicle is used:
    • the form entitled Attestation de transaction avec un commerçant
    • AND
    • the registration certificate signed by the former owner and the dealer

If you do not have the registration certificate, call us.

Before Going to an SAAQ Service Outlet

To find out which documents are necessary for the calculation of QST, call Revenu Québec:

  • if the vehicle is more than 25 years old (more than 40 years old, in the case of a truck)
  • if the vehicle is a used luxury vehicle less than 25 years old and not listed in the reference guide used by Revenu Québec (luxury vehicles that are not listed: Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Hummer, Lamborghini, Lotus, Maserati and Rolls Royce)
  • if the vehicle comes from outside Canada
  • if the used vehicle is damaged or has unusual wear

If you are under age 18

You must also bring:

If you do not have a driver's licence

Call us to find out what documents you need to bring to register your snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle.

If you cannot go in person

The person registering the vehicle on your behalf will need to provide:

If the vehicle is from outside Québec

A vehicle from outside Québec is considered to be an imported vehicle, which means there are other documents you will have to provide so that we can verify whether the vehicle can be used in Québec. Refer to the 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

If the snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle is bought from a dealership, you must pay the GST and QST to the dealer on delivery.

Additional fee for trail maintenance

In addition to the annual registration fee, you must pay an additional charge that will be used to maintain Québec’s network of snowmobile and all-terrain vehicle trails.

4 Insurance

You must hold private civil liability insurance for at least $1,000,000 to ensure compensation for any bodily injury or property damage caused by your vehicle.

Such insurance coverage is required for the following vehicles:

  • snowmobiles with a net weightWeight of the vehicle and the equipment permanently attached to it, excluding the weight of its load. of 450 kg or less
  • quad bikes
  • recreational off-road vehicles
  • all-terrain motorcycles, including motocross bikes
  • all other motorized vehicles designed or adapted to be operated on uneven or unpaved terrain or terrain that is difficult to access, especially surfaces covered with snow, ice, earth, sand or gravel, as well as in wooded areas and other natural environments.

Check with the SAAQ to find out if you are entitled to financial compensation for injuries sustained in an accident involving your snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle.

Last update: September 23, 2021