Registering a Vehicle

Before registration

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

If the vehicle 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 it is owned by a business, the business must be registered in the register of owners and operators of heavy vehicles of the Commission des transports du Québec (CTQ).

If the business purchasing the vehicle is not registered with the CTQ, it may still register the vehicle, but it cannot put it into operation.

Mechanical inspection

  • If the heavy vehicle is used, the most recent mechanical inspection must have been performed within the past 12 months.
  • If the vehicle is a bus or a minibus, a mechanical inspection must have been performed every 6 months.
  • You must bring the valid mechanical inspection certificate with you when you register your vehicle.

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

If the Vehicle Is Prohibited From Being Put Into Operation or if It Was Stored for One Year or Longer

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.

Last update: September  9, 2021