Registering a Vehicle

Farm Tractor

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Any farm tractor that operates on a public road must be registered at an SAAQ service outlet.

A farm tractorA tractor that is equipped with tires and is generally used for agricultural purposes, whether or not it is authorized for use on public roads. The tractor must belong to an individual or company that owns or leases a farm and whose principal occupation is farming, or that is a member of an association certified under the Farm Producers Act. is used to pull farm equipment.

The farm tractor may belong to:

  • a farmer
  • an individual who uses it for personal purposes
  • a business
Useful information

What does not qualify as a farm tractor

Even if used for the operation of a farm, the following vehicles are not considered farm tractors and must be registered as tool vehicles:

  • loaders
  • skid-steer loaders
  • backhoe loaders
  • telescopic loaders

All-terrain vehicles (e.g. quads bikes and multi-seat recreational off-road vehicles, also known as side-by-side vehicles [SSV]) used for the operation of a farm must be registered as off-road vehicles.

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 tractor, check with 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 tractor is in fact the owner of the tractor
  • there are any outstanding loans on the tractor

If the tractor has previously been registered, you can also request a copy of the vehicle record from the SAAQ to find out how it has been used in the past.

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

2 When you register your farm tractor

Documents required

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

To demonstrate that the vehicle will be used for the operation of their farm, farmers are also required to show:

If the tractor is new

You must present the Attestation de transaction avec un commerçant form that you received from the dealer. You can also present the Description du véhicule neuf form, if you were given one.

If the tractor is used

The documents you must present when you register your farm tractor are different depending on the person or business from which you bought it.

Bought from a dealership Bought from an individual Bought from a business 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
  • No additional documents required
  • The sales contract between the buyer and the business that owns the vehicle

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 tractor.

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 tractor 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 vehicle 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 GST and QST

Whether the farm tractor 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 tractor is purchased from an individual, you are only required to pay the QST.

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

The tractor is registered in the buyer's name.

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