Driver’s Licences

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You can start driving a car at 16. But before you get behind the wheel, you need a learner's licence. Later, you can get your probationary licence and your "real" driver's licence.

Where to start? Here's information about driving courses, exams, steps to take with the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) and what's allowed and not allowed at each step.

Learner's Licence

 

Steps

Allowed and Not Allowed

Learner's Licence 1. Register for a driving course at a recognized school.

If you're under 18, the driving school usually asks for your parents' consent.

The course is divided into two parts: a theoretical part and a practical part.

You can drive a car!

But you must be accompanied by a person who has had a driver's licence for at least two years.

Drinking and Driving: Zero tolerance!

Demerit Points: if you get four or more in your driving record, you lose your licence!

2. Take the theoretical part of the driving course.

Once it's done, your driving school gives you a certificate.

3. Go to a Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) service centre.

You must be at least 16.

You must bring these documents with you:

  • written authorization from your parents if you're under 18
  • the certificate from your driving school

If you meet the conditions, the SAAQ gives you your learner's licence.

The driving course isn't free!

You should also expect to pay a fee to get your probationary licence from the SAAQ.

Your learner's licence is valid for a year and a half, so as soon as you get it, you should think about the next step: getting your probationary licence.

Probationary Licence

 

Steps

Allowed and Not Allowed

    
Probationary Licence
 4. Take the practical part of your driving course. That's ok, you're already registered in a recognized driving school.     

You can drive without being accompanied! 

However, these restrictions continue to apply:          

 5. Take a theoretical exam.

To register, contact the SAAQ.

You need to have your learner's licence for at least 10 months before you can write the exam.

 6. Take a practical exam. To register, you have to contact the SAAQ.
 7. Go to SAAQ service center.

To get your probationary licence, you have to meet these conditons:

  • You've had your learner's licence for at least one year.
  • If you're under 18, you must bring a written authorization from your parents.
   

The driving course isn't free!

You should also expect to pay a fee to take the exams and get your probationary licence from the SAAQ.

Your probationary licence is valid for two years.  Then you can get your driver's licence from the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec.

Driver's Licence

 

Steps

Allowed and Not Allowed

Driver's Licence

8. Go to a SAAQ service centre.

Before your probationary licence expires, you will get a notice from the SAAQ by mail.

To get your driver's licence, you musthave had your probationary licence for two years.

If you meet all these criteria, the SAAQ will mail you your driver's licence.

Restrictions:

You have to pay certain fees when you go to a SAAQ service center.
Congratulations!

For any questions about getting your licence, contact the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec.

Important !
This article explains in a general way the law that applies in Quebec. This article is not a legal opinion or legal advice. To find out the specific rules for your situation, consult a lawyer or notary.