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Obtaining a licence

Generally speaking, all new Quebec residents

Must obtain a driver’s licence in order to drive around Quebec roads. The holder of a valid driver’s licence, delivered by another administrative authority, that establishes themselves in Quebec, can, within 90 days of their arrival, drive a passenger vehicle without holding a permit delivered by the SAAQ. Following this delay, the holder must obtain a Quebec driver’s licence. In order to obtain a class 5 licence, different norms may apply depending on the country of origin.

If the driver’s licence is delivered in a language other than French or English, it must be accompanied by the international permit or by an official translation. Exchange without having an examination. The SAAQ can exempt one from examination for holders of class 5 permits, valid or expired for less than three years, delivered by the following authority.