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Driver's Licence

Cancellation, Reimbursement and Relinquishing

Driver's licence cancellation

You can cancel a driver's licence, probationary licence or learner's licence for any of the following reasons:

  • you give up driving;
  • your licence is revoked or suspended;
  • you have been issued a foreign driver's licence;
  • the holder of the driver's licence is deceased.

You can request cancellation of a driver's licence:

If the licence holder is deceased, you must make your request in person in an SAAQ service outlet or by mail.

By mail:
In your letter, you must indicate the deceased person’s file number, last name and first name, and date of death. The SAAQ will mail, as applicable, a cheque or a payment notice (if amounts are due) to the address recorded in the deceased person’s file. You may receive the cheque or payment notice at another address if you make the request as liquidator of the succession. In that case, you must declare that you are the liquidator of the succession and sign the letter.

Enclose with the letter a document attesting to the person’s death, such as a copy of the death certificate issued by the Directeur de l’état civil. You do not have to enclose proof of death if a letter has already been sent to the deceased person’s address indicating that the person’s SAAQ file has been closed.

Send your request to the following address:

Division du traitement des avis de paiement
Service aux particuliers
Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec
Case postale 19600, N-3-3
Québec (Québec)  G1K 8J6

Reimbursement of driver's licence fees

Depending on the circumstances and conditions, you may be eligible to be reimbursed for driver's licence fees.

  • Cancelled licence
    If you cancel your driver's licence or probationary licence before the expiry date, you are eligible for reimbursement of the fees paid for the number of complete months remaining on your licence. In the case of a learner's licence, no fees are reimbursed. If you selected pre-authorized debits as your method of payment, you must contact the SAAQ to make arrangements to finalize payment.

  • Death
    Upon producing proof of death of a driver's licence or probationary licence holder, fees may be reimbursed based on the number of complete months between the date of death and the expiry date on the licence. You must go in person to an SAAQ service outlet and submit proof of death (original copy of the death certificate from the Directeur de l'état civil), along with the licence to be cancelled. Note that you do not have to present proof of death if a letter has already been sent to the deceased person’s address indicating that the person’s SAAQ file has been closed.

  • Foreign driver's licence
    Upon producing proof of a foreign driver's licence, you may be entitled to reimbursement of fees based on the number of complete months between the date the foreign licence was issued and the expiry date on the driver's licence or probationary licence. You must have received your foreign driver's licence to be eligible.

  • Licence under penalty
    You may be entitled to reimbursement of fees based on the number of complete months a licence is revoked or suspended. However, certain conditions apply.

For information about reimbursement of driver's licence fees, contact usThis link will open a new window. or go in person to one of our service outlets.

Relinquishing one or more driver's licence classes

It is possible to relinquish one or more classes of driver's licence, probationary licence or learner's licence.

To do so, you must go to a service centre and pay the fees required for issuing a new licence (subject to the status of your record).

After relinquishing a class, you may restore it without having to pass a test provided that you make your request within a three-year period.

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Last Modification: 2015-03-24