Registering a Vehicle

Before registration

Step 1 Before registration

The trailer cannot be registered…

If the buyer or the seller has an unpaid fine for an offence under the Highway Safety Code or a municipal traffic or parking bylaw.

To check whether your trailer 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

You must be registered in the register of owners and operators of heavy vehicles of the Commission des transports du Québec (CTQ):

  • if the trailer has a gross vehicle weight ratingA vehicle's weight, including its maximum load capacity, according to the manufacturer's specifications. of 4,500 kg or more
  • AND
  • if the trailer is not equipped with a drawbar to which a towing coupling device is attached that may be hitched to the towing vehicle with a tow pin

If you are not registered with the CTQ, you can still register your farm trailer, but you cannot put it into operation.

To avoid unpleasant surprises

Before buying a used trailer, 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 trailer 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:

Last update: July 23, 2019