Registering a Vehicle

Truck Weighing Over 3,000 kg

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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.

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.

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.

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'sgross 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 not authorized for road use or has been in storage for one year or longer

It cannot be re-authorized for road use until it has passed a mechanical inspection carried out by a certified business and a valid mechanical inspection certificate has been issued.

2 When you register your truck

Documents required

The buyer and the seller must present their driver's licence or another official photo ID document.

If the truck 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 truck is used

The documents you must present when you register your truck are different depending on the person or business from which you bought it. In any case, you must indicate:

  • the truck's odometer reading
  • the maximum number of axles on a combination of road vehicles
Bought from a dealership Bought from a business or a self-employed worker 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
  • The sales contract between the buyer and the business or self-employed worker that owns the vehicle

If you do not have a driver's licence

Phone us to find out what documents you must bring with you when registering your truck.

If you cannot come to the service outlet in person

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, 905 KB) form completed by you.

If your truck travels outside Québec

Check to see whether the vehicle or combination of road vehicles qualifies for the International Registration Plan(IRP).

If the truck is from outside Québec

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.

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.

4 Insurance

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 propery 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 $325 to $2,800 or, if you are a carrier, $750 to $7,300