Registering a Vehicle

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.

Registration with the Commission des transports du Québec

If the farm vehicle's gross vehicle weight ratingA vehicle's weight, including its maximum load capacity, according to the manufacturer's specifications. is 4,500 kg or more, you must be registered in the register of owners and operators of heavy vehicles of the Commission des transports du Québec.

If you are not registered in the register, you can still register your farm vehicle, but you cannot put it into operation.

Mechanical inspection

If the farm vehicle is used, the most recent mechanical inspection must have been performed within the past year. You must present a valid mechanical inspection certificate when you register your vehicle.

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 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:

If the farm vehicle is not authorized for road use or has been stored for one year or longer

It cannot be put back into operation until it has passed a mechanical inspection carried out by a certified business and a valid mechanical inspection certificate has been issued.

Last update: May 13, 2022