The Act respecting remunerated passenger transportation by automobile will come into force on October 10, 2020. Its main draft regulation, the Regulation respecting remunerated passenger transportation by automobile, is currently under consultation. Between now and the coming into force of the new law, the Act respecting transportation services by taxi and its attendant regulations remain in effect.
In accordance with each step of this important change, the SAAQ, in cooperation with the Ministère des Transports (MTQ), will keep the taxi industry informed of the procedure to follow in order to continue its activities.
In the meantime, visit the Modernisation de l’industrie du taxi page on the MTQ’s website (in French only) for more information on the modernization of the taxi industry.
Whether new or used, a taxi must be registered by the owner at an SAAQ service outlet.
Before registering a taxi, you must hold a taxi owner's permit issued by the Commission des transports du Québec (CTQ).
The CTQ will check whether the vehicle meets the required standards for the transportation of passengers by taxi. If it does not meet those standards, you cannot obtain a taxi permit.
If the taxi is a used vehicle that was already used as a taxi, the most recent mechanical inspection must have been performed within the past 12 months.
If the vehicle is also used to transport school children, the most recent mechanical inspection must have been performed within the past 6 months.
If the vehicle purchased is a used vehicle but was not used as a taxi in the past, it must undergo an initial mechanical inspection.
Before buying a used 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:
To obtain a copy of the vehicle record, you can:
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.
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.
As the buyer, you must present:
Taxi owners operating within the Montréal area must also present the Confirmation de services reçus form that they received from the Bureau du taxi de Montréal.
You must present the Attestation de transaction avec un commerçant and Description du véhicule neuf forms that you received from the dealer.
The documents you must present when you register your vehicle differ depending on the person or business from which you bought it. However, regardless of who sold it to you, you must always 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 most recent valid mechanical inspection certificate, which must be dated within the past 12 months (or within the past 6 months in the case of a vehicle used to transport school children)||
The person registering the vehicle on your behalf will need to provide the original Power of Attorney (PDF, 157 KB) form completed by you.
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.
At our service outlets, we accept payment:
Payment by credit card is not accepted.
Whether the taxi is new or used, you must pay the GST and QST if you buy it from a dealership, business or self-employed worker registered for the GST and QST.
For more information, phone Revenu Québec.
If the taxi is purchased from an individual, you are only required to pay the QST.
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:
The seller remains the owner and person liable for the vehicle until...
The vehicle is registered in the buyer's name.
This means that should the buyer commit an offence or be involved in an accident with a vehicle that is still registered in the seller's name, it is the seller who would be held responsible.