Registering a Vehicle

Regular Taxi

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Whether new or used, a taxi must be registered by the owner at an SAAQ service outlet.

1 Before registration

Taxi owner's permit

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.

Mechanical inspection

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.

To avoid unpleasant surprises

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:

  • if it has been rebuilt
  • if it has passed a mechanical inspection
  • how many people have owned it
  • how it has been used

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

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.

If the taxi 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 taxi

Documents required

As the buyer, you must present:

  • your driver's licence or another official photo ID document
  • AND

  • your taxi owner's permit issued by the CTQ

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.

If the vehicle is new

You must present the Attestation de transaction avec un commerçant and Description du véhicule neuf forms that you received from the dealer.

If the vehicle is used

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 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 12 months (or within the past 6 months in the case of a vehicle used to transport school children)
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 sales contract between the buyer and the business or self-employed worker that owns the vehicle
  • 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)

 

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 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

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.

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 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.