Registering a Vehicle

Before registration

Step 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.

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 in the Registraire des entreprises (enterprise register)

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.

Registration in the Registre des propriétaires et des exploitants de véhicules lourds (register of owners and operators of heavy vehicles)

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.

Mechanical inspection

If the truck is a used vehicle, the most recent mechanical inspection must have been performed:

  • within the past 12 months for all trucks weighing more than 3,000 kg
  • within the past 6 months for trucks weighing more than 3,000 kg used by a driving school

You must present a valid mechanical inspection certificate when you register your truck.

If the Truck Is Prohibited From Being Put Into Operation or Has Been in Storage 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: March  8, 2021