Through the Quebec Road Safety Education Program, the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) has implemented a strict driver education program whereby new, inexperienced drivers can learn key skills to become capable and confident Quebec drivers (a similar QC motorcycle driver education program is also in place). New drivers first practice under supervision with a Quebec learners permit and then perfect their driving skills with the Class 5 probationary licence Quebec offers. Most prospective Quebec drivers are able to build strong driving skills before they graduate to the full Class 5 license Quebec makes available to qualified drivers.
The SAAQ is the organization responsible for driver licensing and the associated services for the province. By enforcing a mandatory Quebec Road Safety Education Program and issuing comprehensive SAAQ knowledge tests, the SAAQ is able to train aspiring Quebec drivers to anticipate and handle all road situations. Driver licensing in Quebec from the learner, through the probationary and eventually at the Class 5 licence stage, is all managed through SAAQ offices.
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The Quebec Road Safety Education Program is the basic equivalent of graduated drivers licensing in other provinces. While extensive, the Quebec Road Safety Education Program is not complicated if you complete the requirements and training at each phase. Each of the three stages is set up to teach you a different type of driving knowledge and skills. Acquiring the knowledge to be a good Quebec driver at the right time and building that driving knowledge into your driving practice sessions will set you up for safe driving in the years to come. Don't forget, once you start driving on public roads, you must have adequate Quebec car insurance, and maintain the proper documentation for your vehicle.
Class 5 learner + Class 5 probationary → Class 5 Licence
In order to get a Quebec learners licence (or Quebec learners permit), you need to first enroll in a recognized driver education course. The Quebec Driver education courses fulfill a large part of the requirements to get your learner licence. In addition to the testing set by your driving school, you will also be required to pass a SAAQ knowledge test. We have an excellent free series to help new Quebec drivers learn. See our free Quebec driving test practice series for more information.
Complete Driver Education + Vision Test + Knowledge Tests → Class 5 Learner Licence
You will have to demonstrate strong driving skills and excellent knowledge of relevant parts of the Quebec highway safety code, through a Class 5 road test (or SAAQ driving test) in order to qualify for and get the probationary license Quebec makes available.
Class 5 learner licence (12 months) + Class 5 Road Test → Class 5 Probationary Licence
There is a 12 month wait period before you can get your 5P
Here's how to get your probationary licence:
Hold a Class 5L for 12 months
Complete Driver Education
Bring your own, mechanically sound vehicle
Take and pass the Class 5 road test
Once you have completed a suspension free 24 month period as a probationary driver in Quebec, you have earned the right to apply for a full Quebec Class 5 driver's license. While the Class 5 licence is the final stage of the Quebec Road Safety Education Program, depending on your age, there are still some restrictions you should be aware of. Make sure you review the Class 5 licence restrictions (available here) before driving with your new licence.
Drive safely for 2 years with a Class 5P Licence to get a Class 5 Licence
Depending on where you live, the process of getting a Canadian driving license be different. Choose your province or territory of residence and we can show you how: