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Driver's Licence

Conditions that Can Be Added to a Licence

As of January 30, 2014, American road traffic regulations requires condition W to appear on the drivers’ licences of affected drivers.

The conditions that can be added to a licence are mainly related to the holder's health and behaviour with regard to drugs and alcohol. These conditions are requirements the licence holder must comply with when driving a vehicle.

Such conditions appear in the driving record, and most of them are indicated on the driver's licence. They remain there as long as the medical or administrative reports and information submitted to the SAAQ show that they are necessary to ensure road safety.

A letter is assigned to each condition and indicated on the front of the licence, and a description appears on the back. 

Meaning of the letters corresponding to the conditions
Letter Meaning

*Conditions D, E, F, and G do not appear on the licence, but they are indicated in the holder's driving record. A description or specifications regarding these conditions can be consulted in the SAAQ computer system by authorized personnel.

**Conditions I, X and Y cannot be assigned to a learner's licence.

***Condition S is defined as follows on the back of the licence: Autre condition (meaning, other condition). The condition's description is specified in the holder's driving record.

A The holder is required to wear glasses or contact lenses when driving
B The holder is required to drive between dawn and dusk
C The holder is required to wear a hearing aid when driving (Class 2, 4A, 4B or 4C)
D* The holder is required to undergo a medical examination every 5 years
E* The holder is required to undergo a medical examination every 6 months
F* The holder is required to undergo a medical examination every year
G* The holder is required to undergo a medical examination every 2 years
H The holder is required to drive a vehicle with a net mass of less than 2,500 kg
I** The holder is required to drive a vehicle fitted with an alcohol ignition interlock (alcohol sensor) following a medical diagnosis
J The holder is required to drive a vehicle with an automatic transmission
K The holder is required to drive a vehicle with power steering
L The holder is required to drive a vehicle with power brakes
N The holder is required to wear a body harness when driving
P The holder is required to drive a vehicle with manual controls
Q The holder is required to drive a vehicle with a manual control to adjust the brightness of the headlights
R The holder is required to drive a vehicle with an accelerator pedal on the left side
S*** The holder is required to fulfil other medical conditions
V The holder is required to drive a vehicle with controls adapted to the holder's handicap
W The holder is prohibited from driving a heavy vehicle (Class 1, 2, 3 or 4B) in the United States, since the driver does not meet American standards with regard to the health of drivers
X** The holder is required to drive a vehicle fitted with an alcohol ignition interlock (alcohol sensor) following a criminal conviction for alcohol-impaired driving
Y** The holder is required to comply with the zero-alcohol rule
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Last Modification: 2014-01-30