A vehicle operated in a location that is not connected to the Québec road network must be registered with the SAAQ.
Vehicles bearing a licence plate with the prefix “C”, followed by numbers, are only authorized to operate in locations that are not connected to the road network. These include the following vehicles:
To be authorized to operate a vehicle bearing a C licence plate on the Québec road network, you must ask the SAAQ for a temporary registration certificate that will be valid for 1 month.
Before buying a used vehicle, check 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 vehicle 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:
To obtain a copy of the vehicle record, you can:
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.
The business must be registered with the Registraire des entreprises (enterprise register) because you need to provide its Québec enterprise number (NEQ) to register the vehicle.
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.
The buyer and the seller must present their driver's licence or another official photo ID document.
To find out which documents are necessary for the calculation of QST, call Revenu Québec:
You must present the Attestation de transaction avec un commerçant and Description du véhicule neuf forms that were given to you by the dealer.
The documents you must present when you register your vehicle are different depending on the person or business from which you bought it. In any case, you must indicate the vehicle's odometer reading.
|Bought from a dealership||Bought from an individual||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.|
You must also present the Consent of a Person Having Parental Authority (PDF, 102.5 ko) form completed by your father, mother or legal guardian.
Phone us to find out what documents you must bring with you when registering your vehicle.
A vehicle from outside Québec is considered to be an imported vehicle, which means there are other documents you will have to provide so that we can verify whether the vehicle can be used in Québec. Refer to the Registering a vehicle from outside Québec section for more information.
At our service outlets, we accept payment:
Payment by credit card is not accepted.
Whether the 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.
You must have a civil liability insurance policy contracted from a private insurer providing minimum coverage of $50,000, except for a tool vehicleA road vehicle, other than a vehicle mounted on a truck chassis, designed to perform a task and having a workstation integrated into the cab. A truck chassis is a frame fitted with the mechanical components found on a vehicle made for the transportation of passengers, freight or equipment.. 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 pulled over by the police or involved in a traffic accident that causes more than $500 in damage to the property of another party:
The seller remains the owner and person liable for the vehicle until...
The vehicle is registered in the buyer's name.
This means that should the buyer commit an offence or be involved in an accident with a vehicle that is still registered in the seller's name, it is the seller who would be held responsible.
Last update: November 13, 2020