Truck Weighing Over 3,000 kgChange
You must register your truck weighing over 3,000 kg at an SAAQ service outlet.
A truckA road vehicle having a net weight of more than 3,000 kg, designed and outfitted primarily for freight transport or for carrying equipment that is permanently attached to the vehicle. However, a 2-axle road vehicle with a net weight of 4,000 kg or less is not considered to be a truck if it is not used for commercial or employment-related purposes, is owned by a natural person, is equipped with a separate enclosed cab and has (or originally had) an open truck box and tailgate. is a vehicle with a net weight of more than 3,000 kg, designed or outfitted primarily for freight transport or for carrying equipment permanently attached to it.
It may belong to an individual or a business.
This vehicle class also includes military vehicles weighing more than 3,000 kg, provided:
However, pick-up trucksA 2-axle road vehicle with a net weight between 3,000 and 4,000 kg owned by an individual, which is not used for commercial or employment-related purposes, and is equipped with a separate enclosed cab and has (or originally had) an open truck box and tailgate. used for personal purposes that have two axles and a net weight of more than 3,000 kg but less than 4,000 kg are considered passenger vehicles.
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.
If the truck is to be used for your business, the business must be registered in the Registraire des entreprises (REQ). You can then provide your Québec enterprise number (NEQ) when you register your truck.
If the truck'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 and the truck is used for commercial purposes, you must be registered in the Registre des propriétaires et des exploitants de véhicules lourds of the Commission des transports du Québec.
If you are not registered in the Registre, you can still register your truck, but you cannot put it into operation.
If the truck is a used vehicle, the most recent mechanical inspection must have been performed:
You must present a valid mechanical inspection certificate when you register your truck.
It cannot be put back into operation until it has undergone a mechanical inspection carried out by a road vehicle inspection agent authorized by the SAAQ and a mechanical inspection certificate has been issued confirming that the vehicle meets the applicable standards.
The buyer and the seller must present their driver's licence or another official photo ID document.
You must present the Attestation de transaction avec un commerçant and Description du véhicule neuf forms that you received from the dealer.
The documents you must present when you register your truck are different depending on the person or business you bought it from. In all cases, you must indicate:
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Call Revenu Québec to find out which documents are necessary for the calculation of QST in the following cases:
Phone us to find out what documents you must bring with you when registering your truck.
If your business owns the truck, the person who goes to the service outlet to register it must present the original of a power of attorney to act on behalf of the business.
If you are an individual, the person who goes to the service outlet to register the truck for you must bring the original of the Power of Attorney (PDF, 298.8 ko) form completed by you.
Check to see whether the vehicle or combination of road vehicles qualifies for the International Registration Plan(IRP).
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.
To find out the cost to have a truck weighing over 3,000 kg registered, visit the Rates and Fines section.
At our service outlets, we accept payment:
Payment by credit card is not accepted.
Whether the truck 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.
Before going to an SAAQ service outlet
Call Revenu Québec if the truck was manufactured more than 40 years ago.
You must have a civil liability insurance policy contracted from a private insurer providing minimum coverage of $50,000. The minimum is $1 million if you are a carrier and $2 million if you haul hazardous materials.
If you are not insured and you are involved in a traffic accident that causes more than $500 in damage to the property of another party:
The registration fee for a truck, truck tractor or farm vehicle weighing more than 3,000 kg is calculated based on the number of axles on the vehicle and the trailer it pulls.
Look at the vehicle and its trailer from the side. Count one axle for each wheel you see (a double wheel counts as a single wheel).
You must also count the steering axle, auxiliary lift axle and removable axleA supplementary axle or combination of axles that can be added to the axles already attached to a motor vehicle or trailer, or be used to temporarily to convert an object which is not essentially a road vehicle into a road vehicle..
A maximum of 6 axles is counted for calculating the registration fee.
|Types of vehicles||Number of axles|
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6 or more
If the trailer has 2 or more axles, count a single axle if the distance between the centre points of the outermost axles is less than 1 metre.
If the trailer has 3 axles, count only 2 axles if the distance between the centre points of the outermost axles is 1 m or more but less than 2.4 m.
Last update: May 13, 2022