Step 1 Before registration

To avoid unpleasant surprises

Before buying a used vehicle, check with the Registre des droits personnels et réels mobiliers (register of personal and movable real rights—in French only) to determine whether:

  • the seller of the vehicle is in fact the owner of the vehicle
  • there is still any outstanding loan on the vehicle

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 owners it has had
  • how it has been used (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 your 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 authorized for road use until it has passed a mechanical inspection and been issued a valid mechanical inspection certificate.