Registering a Vehicle Bought or Sold by a Business

Vehicles bought or sold by a business must be registered at an SAAQ service outlet.

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 has been used as a taxi

To obtain a copy of the vehicle record, you can:

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.

To register a vehicle to a business

The business must be registered with the Registraire des entreprises (enterprise register) because you need to provide your Québec enterprise number (NEQ) to register your vehicle.

If the vehicle is not authorized for road use or has been stored 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 vehicle

Documents required

The buyer and the seller – or their representatives – must present:

  • their driver's licence or another official photo ID document
  • the vehicle sales contract

Other documents, such as a valid mechanical inspection certificate, may be required depending on the type of vehicle to be registered.

If the vehicle is new

A buyer must also present the Attestation de transaction avec un commerçant and Description du véhicule neuf forms provided by the dealer.

If the vehicle is used

A buyer who purchases a used vehicle from a dealer must also present the Attestation de transaction avec un commerçant form.

If the person registering the vehicle does not have a driver's licence

Phone us to find out what documents to bring when registering the vehicle.

If none of the business's directors can come to the service outlet in person

The person registering the vehicle will have to present the original copy of a document authorizing the person to act on the business’s behalf.

If the vehicle comes from outside Québec

A vehicle from outside Québec is considered to be an imported vehicle, which means there are other documents the buyer will have to provide so that we can verify whether the vehicle can be used in Québec. Refer to Registering a vehicle from outside Québec section for more information.

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 vehicle is new or used, the buyer must pay the GST and QST if the vehicle was bought from a dealership, business or self-employed worker registered for the GST and QST.

If the vehicle is purchased from an individual, the buyer is only required to pay the QST.

For more information on the payment or collection of taxes, phone Revenu Québec.

 

4 Insurance

The business that has purchased the vehicle must have a civil liability insurance policy contracted from a private insurer providing minimum coverage of $50,000. The minimum is $1 million if the business owns or operates heavy vehicles and $2 million if it hauls hazardous materials.

If the business is not insured and one of its vehicles is involved in a traffic accident that causes more than $500 in damage to the property of another party:

  • all of its vehicles may be prohibited from road use
  • it will be assessed a fine that varies depending on the type of vehicle
Useful information

The seller remains the owner and 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.