Frequently Asked Questions

YES! All of our cars are, and always have been, smoke free.

Under the new system (for anyone obtaining a learners permit after January 17, 2010), you are required to complete 24 hours of classroom theory and 15 hours in-car. It will take a minimum of 13 months to obtain your Québec Class 5 driver’s license. This will enable you to practice driving in various weather and road conditions throughout the year.

Here’s how the new graduated licensing system works: You will be required to take 10 hours of classroom theory. At the tenth hour, you will have an exam with the driving school. Once you pass this exam, you will receive a certificate to take to the SAAQ to obtain your learners permit. Over the next 10 months, you will be required to complete 14 more hours of theory and 12 hours in-car. After 10 months, you are then able to make an appointment at the SAAQ to do a written test. Once you pass the written test, you must wait an additional two months before you can book your road test. During those two months, you will have another 3 hours in-car. This makes a total of 24 hours of classroom theory and 15 hours in-car.

For more detailed information, please visit the SAAQ web page on the new Mandatory Driving Course. Or, see the description of the Road Safety Education Program for a New Generation of Drivers on the Courses page of this website.

Download the SAAQ Accompanying Rider’s Guide. (right click on the link and save to your computer). This is a 31 page guide offered FREE from the SAAQ. It’s for the person – usually a parent, spouse or other family member – who is going to serve as accompanying rider during a learner’s practice sessions.

No, however you must be at least 16 before (or the day of) Session 5 when you take the learner’s licence test.

You can call us during our normal business hours. For our Île-Perrot office, call 514-453-5437. Or, you can schedule a new in-car driving lesson, or change an existing one at any time online by visiting our In-Car Booking web page. NEW: For your convenience, offer a FREE pick up service! We can pick you up for your in-car driving lessons at home, work, or school within our service area which is in close proximity to the driving school location you signed up at. Or, you can meet your instructor at the driving school office. Please contact us for more details.

You must schedule your test by calling the S.A.A.Q. (Société de l’Assurance Automobile du Québec) at 514-873-7620. Or, you can schedule your test online Click here to go directly to the SAAQclic Online Services (be sure to print out your confirmation).

You will be tested on the information provided to you from the Éducation Routière website ( and the theory classes taken at the driving school.

On the day you go for your S.A.A.Q. theory, or knowledge test, you must show your Medicare card. It is mandatory to show it as proof of residency. You also need to show another piece of identification such as a Canadian birth certificate (new style Québec birth certificate if born in Québec). If you’re under 18, you’ll need a consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian (see below). Your learners permit is good for 18 months and can be renewed for another 18 months at any SAAQ Full Service Centre. Anyone not born in Canada must open a file at the SAAQ Henri-Bourassa location in Montréal. They will advise you of what documentation to bring. Call them at 1-888-356-6616.

You will need this parental consent form, available in PDF. You can fill in the form on your screen and then print it. If you need a PDF reader, you can download one for free from Adobe. Otherwise, you can visit an S.A.A.Q. outlet in person to get one to bring home with you, or have one of your parents or a legal guardian accompany you on the day of your test.

Québec birth certificates issued prior to January 1, 1994 are NOT acceptable. If you require an official new-style government issued Québec birth certificate, you must request one from the Directeur de l’État Civil.

Under the newly implemented driving regulations, it is mandatory to complete two theory tests. The initial test will be conducted at the driving school, and the associated test fee is already included in the overall course cost. Once you successfully pass this theory test, you will receive a certificate to present to the SAAQ (Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec). The SAAQ will then issue you a learner’s permit. It’s important to note that the SAAQ may modify its fees without prior notice, including the cost of obtaining a learner’s permit.

The second theory test is scheduled at the SAAQ, and it must be taken at least 10 months after the first one. This test incurs a separate fee, payable in cash, by check, or through Interac. However, please be aware that credit card payments are not accepted. For the most accurate and up-to-date pricing information, it is recommended to consult the official SAAQ website

You must receive an overall mark of 75% or more to pass. If you are unsuccessful, you must redo the test after a delay of one to seven days depending on the driving school’s availability. The second theory test is taken at the SAAQ after holding a learner’s permit for at least 10 months and completing all 12 theory classes. It consists of 64 questions and requires a passing grade of 75% or more. If you are unsuccessful, you must wait a minimum of 28 days before you can schedule another test.

Once you obtain your learner’s permit, you can practice driving only in the province of Québec and only if accompanied by a person who has held a Class 5 licence for at least two years or more (beyond the probationary driving period) and is able to provide assistance and advice. A learners permit is good for 18 months, renewable for another 18 months(SAAQ fees apply).

No. Your Québec learner’s permit is only meant for practice driving in Québec with a licensed accompanying driver present at all times. The Québec Learner’s Permit is a novice license and is not considered to be fully licensed for driving. Also, learners permits from other provinces and states are not valid in Québec.

ZERO! (Until the age of 21, as of April 15, 2012). Holders of a learner’s licence and probationary licence are prohibited from driving after consuming alcohol. The following penalties apply to individuals who violate the zero alcohol rule:

  • Their licence is suspended immediately for a period of 90 days;
  • FOUR demerit points are entered on their driving record, which results in an additional 3-month suspension;
  • A driver is liable to a $438 to $865 fine. This amount, subject to change, includes fines provided under the Highway Safety Code, registry fees and a contribution to IVAC; (Indemnisation des victimes d’actes criminels); other fees may apply.

Note: if the blood-alcohol level of a driver who is subject to the “zero alcohol” rule is above 80 mg/100 ml, the driver can be charged under the Criminal Code and if convicted, he or she will be subject to the stiffer measures and penalties.

With your Class 5 learner’s permit, you can only drive Class 5 vehicles (most private passenger cars and vans).

To schedule your road test, please contact the SAAQ directly at 514-873-7620 or utilize the SAAQ Online Services. Students have the option to rent a car from the rental agency located right beside the SAAQ in Dorval. However, please note that the prices for car rentals are determined by the agency itself. Alternatively, students can use their family car for the road test, provided they are insured on the vehicle and it meets the SAAQ safety standards. If you require information on the necessary safety features required to pass the car safety test, feel free to inquire with one of our instructors at our office. It’s important to mention that we no longer offer vehicle rentals.

When you go for your behind-the-wheel driving test, there is a fee that needs to be paid. Once you successfully pass the test, you will receive your Probationary Licence. Please note that the cost for obtaining the licence is subject to change and can be found on the SAAQ website. Payments can be made in cash, by cheque, or with a debit card. It’s important to be aware that credit cards are not accepted by the SAAQ. In the event of failure, there is a mandatory waiting period of 28 days before you can attempt your road test again, along with an additional fee for retesting.

On the day of your road test, you must bring :

  • Money to pay the fees as outlined above.
  • Your SAAQ Photo Identification card;
  • Your blue (Apprenti-Conducter) learner’s license or a new one-piece learners permit  (which replaces the blue paper learner’s permit and the separate photo ID card);
  • Your Attestation d’un Cours de Conduite (certificate), which is the confirmation of completion of your driving school course. PLEASE NOTE THERE IS AN ADDITIONAL FEE IF YOU REQUIRE AN ATTESTATION OUTSIDE OF OFFICE HOURS PLEASE REFER TO THE SAAQ WEBSITE ;
  • If you are under 18 years old, you will need a new Parental Permission Slip (Click that link to download a PDF version).

If you are supplying your own car for the road test, you must bring the registration and insurance (make sure you are on the insurance policy of that vehicle). There must not be any outstanding fines linked to the car. Also make sure that all lights, the horn and parking brake are in proper working order. The windshield must not have any cracks. Make sure that the tires have adequate tread.  The new Québec Winter Tire Law stipulates that all passenger vehicles and taxis registered and/or rented in Québec must be equipped with winter tires between December 1 and March 15. The SAAQ may not allow to use your car if it does not meet these requirements.

No, but you MUST contact your insurance company ahead of time to have them add you to the insurance policy of the vehicle you will be bringing to the road test. You should actually do this as soon as you get your learner’s permit so that you are covered right away and are able to practice driving in between your lessons with us.

If you obtained a Québec Learner’s Permit prior to January 17, 2010 and you don’t have to take a recognized driver training course. If you did NOT obtain a Québec Learner’s Permit prior to January 17, 2010 then you must follow the new manadatory driving course.

Effective immediately, regardless of age, when you pass your Class 5 Road Test, the Société will issue you a plasticized photo licence with the words “CONDUCTEUR PROBATOIRE” at the top. It will be valid for one year and will have a fee that can be found here. You will have full driving privileges, however it is tied to a more stringent penalty system with regards to demerit points and alcohol use. After this time, a regular class 5 Driver’s Licence will be issued to you, renewable every year on your birthday providing you have not received any demerit points. Here are the maximum allowable number of demerit points before your licence will be suspended:

Learner’s Permit: 4 Points
Probationary Licence: 4 Points
Up to age 22: 8 Points (as of June 19, 2011)
23 to 24 Years Old: 12 Points
After age 25, or after you have held a Learner’s Permit for more than two years: 15 Points

As stated in the SAAQ Accompanying Rider’s Guide (PDF), “It is recommended to get at least 50 hours of driving time under the supervision of an accompanying rider. From another point of view, it is generally recognized that, in order to become proficient at handling all driving situations, a new driver needs to cover a total of 3,000 to 6,000 kilometres. But there are no strict rules in this regard. The more trips a learner driver makes and the more varied they are, the better prepared he or she will be to drive safely as an independent driver.”

In the event that you are in need of more driving practice, and are unable to do so outside of your driving lessons with us, extra lessons can be purchased for an additional fee.

You can get more detailed information by visiting the official S.A.A.Q. website. Or call them at 514-873-7620.

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