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Driver's Licence

General Conditions for Obtaining a Québec Driver's Licence in Exchange for a Foreign Licence

Conditions

You must:

  • be at least age 16;
  • hold a valid driver's licence; the class shown on your licence must correspond to the type of vehicle you want to drive in Québec. See the list of Québec driver's licence classes to know more;
  • be a Québec resident;
  • be authorized to stay in Canada if you are not a Canadian citizen;
  • pass any required test (no test is required if your licence was issued in Canada);
  • pay the prescribed fees.

Required documents

  • Your driver's licence;
  • An official translation of your driver's licence;
  • Proof that you were born in Canada or are a Canadian citizen (the birth certificate issued by the Directeur de l’état civil (registrar of civil status) or the Canadian equivalent; for persons born in Ontario, only the original birth certificate will be accepted. The certified copy of birth registration will not be accepted). If you are not a Canadian citizen, a document from immigration authorities showing that you are authorized to stay in Canada;
  • Proof of residency in Québec;
  • Proof that you were a resident of the jurisdiction that issued the licence that you want to exchange.

Please note that, in certain situations, other documents may be required. To see if this is your case, call the SAAQ.

Steps

Licence exchange takes place only on appointment.

  1. Make an appointment by telephone. Have the required documents on hand when calling.
  2. Over the phone, the clerk will ask you which documents you have in your possession, for example, birth certificate (the one issued by the Directeur de l’état civil (registrar of civil status) or the Canadian equivalent; for persons born in Ontario, only the original birth certificate will be accepted, the certified copy of birth registration will not be accepted), permanent resident card or passport to determine your eligibility for driver's licence exchange.
  3. If your driver's licence is written in a language other than English or French, you are required to submit an official translation of your driver's licence.
  4. The clerk will tell you how to proceed depending on your situation and will make an appointment.
  5. Bring your driver's licence and the originals of your official documents with you to the appointment.
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Last Modification: 2015-04-10