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:
passenger vehiclesA motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle, a moped and a minibus. This vehicle must be owned by a natural person, carry up to 9 occupants (where such transportation does not require a permit from the Commission des transports du Québec), and be used mainly for personal purposes.
vehicles engaged in the transportation of school childrenA road vehicle, other than a bus or minibus engaged in the transportation of school children, that may be used on occasion or full time to carry school children and that is operated by a school board or a private educational institution, or under the terms of a contract with a school board exercising authority in connection with the transportation of school children, or with a cégep authorized to organize the transportation of students.
commercial vehicles that do not require a permit from the Commission des transports du Québec.
trucks that do not require a permit from the Commission des transports du Québec.
motor homesA motor vehicle permanently converted into living quarters.
tool vehiclesA 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.
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.
1 Before registration
To avoid unpleasant surprises
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:
if it has been rebuilt
if it has passed a mechanical inspection
how many people have owned it
how it has been used in the past, e.g. if it was used as a taxi before October 10, 2020
The buyer and the seller must present their driver's licence or another official photo ID document.
Before Going to an SAAQ Service Outlet
To find out which documents are necessary for the calculation of QST, call Revenu Québec:
if the vehicle is more than 25 years old (more than 40 years old, in the case of a truck)
if the vehicle is a used luxury vehicle less than 25 years old and not listed in the reference guide used by Revenu Québec (luxury vehicles that are not listed: Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Hummer, Lamborghini, Lotus, Maserati and Rolls Royce)
if the vehicle comes from outside Canada
if the used vehicle is damaged or has unusual wear
If the vehicle is new
You must present the Attestation de transaction avec un commerçant and Description du véhicule neuf forms that were given to you by the dealer.
If the vehicle is used
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 QST
The Attestation de transaction avec un commerçant form
The registration certificate signed by the former owner and the dealer
No additional documents required
The sales contract between the buyer and the business or self-employed worker that owns the vehicle
Phone us to find out what documents you must bring with you when registering your vehicle.
If you cannot come to the service outlet in person
If your business owns the vehicle and none of its directors can be present, the person responsible for its registration must present the original of a document authorizing the person to act on its behalf.
If you are an individual, the person representing you for the registration will need to provide the original of the Power of Attorney (PDF, 181.5 ko) form completed by you.
If the vehicle is from outside Québec
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.
If the vehicle is purchased from an individual, you are only required to pay the QST.
The cost of registration will be higher if…
the vehicle is considered a luxury vehicle (it is worth more than $40,000 and is less than 7 years old), in which case a surcharge is added to the registration fee equal to 1% of the portion of the vehicle's value over $40,000
the engine has a cylinder capacity of 3.95 litres or more, in the case of a passenger vehicle, a commercial vehicle or a motor home with a model year of 1995 or later; however, no surcharge is added to a vehicle adapted for transporting a wheelchair-bound person, a tow truck or a vehicle used for the transportation of school children
You must have a civil liability insurance policy contracted from a private insurer providing minimum coverage of $50,000, except for a tool vehicle. 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:
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 assessed a fine that varies depending on the type of vehicle
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.