Getting a Learner’s License in Quebec

There are certain rules and regulations associated with a learner’s license in Quebec, and to be eligible to take your driving test, you must first meet the requirements.  First and foremost, you must be at least 16 years old to obtain a learners license, and if you are under 18 years old, will need your parents consent.

Before you obtain your learner’s license in Quebec, you are required to take a certified driving course, which includes both theory and practical hours. For a list of driving schools in Quebec, click here. After completing phase one of the driving courses (theory only),  to obtain your learner’s license, you may go to a SAAQ service center with two pieces of ID, and your health insurance card. There, fill out an application and additional forms, and pay a $14 fee. Once you have this learner’s license in your hand, you may begin practicing your driving with an instructor or license holder.

After 10 months, you may take the road knowledge test at an SAAQ service center, which will cost about $10. Keep in mind that if you fail, there is a waiting period of at least 28 days before you are able to retake this portion of the test. During this time, taking online practice exams will help you get ready.

Once you have passed the knowledge portion, held your learner’s license for 12 months, and completed the driving school program, you can schedule an appointment for your road test. To take the test, bring your learners license, and proof of identity (a passport or birth certificate), as well proof that you completed your driving school program, parental consent (if you are under 18) and a vehicle that is both insured and properly registered. The cost is about $25 for the road test, and there is also a fee for your probationary license.

The rules for driving with a learner’s license:

  • You’ll need to drive on your learner’s license for at least 12 months before you can obtain your next license.
  • You must have less than four penalty points on your driving record.
  • You may not drive after consuming any alcohol.
  • You must be with a driving instructor or person who has held a full Class 5 license for at least two years (a person with a probationary license does not qualify).

More helpful information

  • Your first learner’s license in Quebec is valid for 18 months after the date upon which it is issued.
  • You can renew your learner’s license if the 18-month period runs out before you go for your driving test. This renewed learners license will be valid for only 12 months.
  • To renew a learners license, you must go in person to an SAAQ service center or licensing agent. To find a location, click here.
  • If there is bad weather on the day of your road test, call to confirm that your appointment has not been rescheduled or cancelled.
  • Pets, friends and family are not permitted to be with you while you take the road test.

From all of us here at Settle-in.com, good luck, and safe driving!

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