Process: Transfer of Ownership of a Vehicle
Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec
Persons acquiring a vehicle following a transaction with another individual (purchase, sale, exchange, or gift)
To register a vehicle following the transfer of ownership, the purchaser and the former owner of the vehicle must got to a Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec service outlet. Both will have documents to provide.
A new registration certification will be issued for the vehicle, as well as a licence plate if the purchaser doesn't have one already. The former owner may keep the licence plate that was on the vehicle before the transaction, and use it on a new vehicle.
To find a Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec service outlet, use the Finding a SAAQ Service Outlet online service.
If a person is unable to go to a service outlet, he or she may use the Power of Attorney form to appoint another person who can perform the transaction in his or her name.
Vehicle Record Request
In order to request a vehicle record before proceeding with the transaction
Verifying the right to register a vehicle
In order to verify that a vehicle can be registered before proceeding with the transaction, use the Checking if a Vehicle Can Be Registered online service or call the automated response system of the Société.
From January 1 to December 31, 2017, the applicable rate is the following:
The cost of registration is based on the remaining term until the registration certificate expires.
The following additional costs may apply:
In addition, plan for the following charges:
Registration can be paid
Vehicle record request costs can be paid
The cost for checking if a vehicle can be registered can be
Ownership of the vehicle is transferred when the transaction is registered at a service outlet.
If the transaction is a sale, a purchase, or an exchange
If the transaction is a gift, the donor must provide
In addition, in order to be exempted from paying the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the Quebec Sales Tax (QST), the person receiving the vehicle as a gift must provide proof of his or her family relationship with the donor, for example,
In addition to the above documents, a person under 18 years of age must also provide the Consent of a Person Having Parental Authority form, filled out by his or her father, mother or legal guardian.
To find out what documents are required if either individual does not have a driver's licence or is represented by another person, call the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec.
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