Registering a Vehicle

Farm Vehicle Weighing 3,000 kg or Less


A farmer who uses a truck, a small van or a light-duty truck (pickup) weighing 3,000 kg or less for the operation of his or her farm must register the vehicle at an SAAQ service outlet.

What qualifies as a farm vehicle

A farm vehicleA motor vehicle that is a truck, pick-up truck or minivan owned by a farmer (a person holding a registration card issued by the Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec, or a person who is a member of an association certified under the Farm Producers Act) and used mainly for the transportation of farm produce or material required in its production. is a truck, a small van or a light-duty truck owned by a farmer who uses it for the transportation of farm produce.

A farmer can register up to 5 farm vehicles.

What does not qualify as a farm vehicle

The following vehicles are not considered farm vehicles:

  • minivansA motor vehicle with a unitized body that can transport up to 8 occupants as well as goods. For example: Dodge Caravan, Honda Odyssey, etc.
  • utility vehicles or SUVs
  • automobiles
Useful information

No registration for farm machinery

Even if used for the operation of a farm, farm machinery does not require to be registered.

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 farm vehicle, 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 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

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

If the farm vehicle 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 by a certified business and a valid mechanical inspection certificate has been issued.

2 When you register your farm vehicle

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 farm 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 farm vehicle is used

The documents you must present when you register your farm vehicle are different depending on the person or business from which you bought it. In any case, you must indicate the farm vehicle's odometer reading.

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

Additional Registration Fee

The vehicle registration fee will be higher if the farm vehicle is considered a luxury vehicle, that is, if the vehicle is less than 7 years old and worth more than $40,000. Where this is the case, an additional registration fee—equal to 1 % of the vehicle's value exceeding $40,000—must be paid.

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 $250 to $500
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.