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Driver's Licence

Straight-Body Truck (Class 3)

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A Class 3 licence authorizes its holder to drive:

  • a heavy straight-body truck, i.e., a twin-axle truck with a net weight of 4,500 kg or over;
  • any truck with three or more axles;
  • a road vehicle covered by a licence of that class hauling a trailer or semitrailer:
    • with a net weight of less than 2,000 kg;
    • with a net weight of at least 2,000 kg but less than 4,500 kg which is only used to transport equipment, tools or furnishings as part of its permanent equipment.
  • all other types of vehicles, except for road vehicles covered by Class 1, Class 2 and motorcycles.

Conditions to obtain a Class 3 licence

You must meet the following criteria:

  • Basic requirements
    • Applicants must: have fewer than 4 demerit points entered on their driving record;
    • not have had their licence suspended or revoked during the previous two years as the result of accumulating demerit points or a driving-related Criminal Code offence;
    • pass the SAAQ's vision test;
    • submit a satisfactory medical report;
    • pass the knowledge test (Costs for obtaining a licence for various classes of driver's licence);
    • pass both road tests.
  • Experience required
    • The applicant must have 24 months cumulative experience as a holder of a Class 5 probationary licence or Class 5 driver's licence (passenger vehicle).

Medical assessment and vision test

Go to an SAAQ service centre to:

  • take a vision test;
  • obtain the medical assessment form that you are required to have your physician fill out. You must send the completed form to the SAAQ.

Length of the learning period

The applicant must have held a Class 3 learner's licence for 3 months OR for 1 month if the applicant meets one of the following requirements:

  • applicant is aged 25 or over; or
  • has 60 months cumulative experience as a holder of a Class 5 licence.

Summary description of the road tests

Important: After December 1, 2008, tests for licence Classes 1, 2 and 3 take into account the Regulation respecting the hours of driving and rest of heavy vehicle drivers in effect since June 15, 2007.

  • The pre-trip inspection test (page in French only) (Costs for obtaining a licence for various classes of driver's licence)
    This test assesses your ability to inspect a straight-body truck before getting on the road. This pre-trip inspection includes the mechanical components (page in French only) that all truck drivers must check before every truck driving work shift.
  • The heavy vehicle road test (Costs for obtaining a licence for various classes of driver's licence)
    This test assesses your ability to perform common on and off-highway manoeuvres when driving a straight-body truck, as well as observance of traffic rules, including those which specifically concern truck drivers.

Tests for the F and M endorsements

All new drivers who wish to drive a heavy vehicle equipped with an air brake system (F endorsement) or a manual (standard) transmission (M endorsement) must pass the tests that are specific to each endorsement.

For the F endorsement, you must:

  • pass a specific knowledge test for this endorsement;
  • report to the road test with a vehicle equipped with air brakes;
  • pass the road test.

For the M endorsement, you must:

  • report to the heavy vehicle road test with a vehicle equipped with a manual transmission;
  • pass the road test.

If you fail the test(s)

  • You only retake the test you failed.
  • At least 7 days must have elapsed from the date of failure before you are allowed another try.
  • You must make another appointment with the SAAQ and report to the test with a heavy vehicle corresponding to the licence class and endorsement sought.
  • If you are only retaking the heavy vehicle road test, you must conduct a pre-trip inspection before reporting to the test with the vehicle.

Proper preparation

We recommend that you study:

You can also read the brochure entitled Prospective Heavy Vehicle Driver, which outlines the procedures to follow to obtain this class of driver's licence.

For further information, call one of the following numbers:

  • in Montréal: 514 873-7620;
  • in Québec (city and vicinity): 418 643-7620;
  • from elsewhere: 1 800 361-7620, toll free (Québec, Canada, USA)
Last Modification: 2012-10-11