To register a vehicle from outside Québec, you must first call the SAAQ to find out what documents you will need.
We recommend you do a background check on any used vehicle before buying it.
The vehicle might not meet provincial requirements, especially if it is different from those we typically see on the road. This could be the case for an antique vehicle, a vehicle modified outside Québec, a right-hand drive vehicle, etc.
These websites can help you:
You can also check with Transport Canada to determine whether the vehicle can be imported into Canada.
Vehicle declared unrebuildable
If a vehicle is declared unrebuildable because it has been flooded, for example, it can never be put back on the road.
A mechanical inspection must be carried out at a mechanical inspection centre to obtain a valid mechanical inspection certificate.
For more information on mechanical inspections, consult the Guide de vérification mécanique des véhicules routiers – Applicable à compter du 20 novembre 2016 (PDF, 14.6 MB)This file does not meet Web accessibility standards. (in French only).
The vehicle cannot be registered if…
You must present:
You must present the Certificate of Origin for a Vehicle (COV) form.
You must present the following documents:
You must also present the Consent of a Person Having Parental Authority (PDF, 103 KB) 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.
The person registering the vehicle on your behalf will need to provide the original Power of Attorney (PDF, 178 KB) form completed by you.
Phone us to check whether other documents will be required for you to register your vehicle, such as:
Certain additional documents, such as a permit issued by the Commission des transports du Québec, are required depending on the type of vehicle imported and how you use it.
At our service outlets, we accept payment:
Payment by credit card is not accepted.
You may be required to pay the GST and QST when you register your vehicle.
For more information, phone Revenu Québec.
A passenger vehicle or a commercial vehicle is considered a luxury vehicle if it meets the following 3 criteria:
In such a case, a surcharge is added to the registration fee equal to 1% of the portion of the vehicle's value over $40,000.
A passenger vehicle, motor home or commercial vehicle is considered to be a large-cylinder capacity vehicle if:
No additional amount is added to the registration fee for the following large-cylinder capacity vehicles:
You must have a civil liability insurance policy contracted from a private insurer providing minimum coverage of $50,000. 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:
Last update: May 4, 2016