Quebec Graduated Motorcycle Licensing Explained

In order to get a motorcycle license in Quebec, new motorcycle drivers need to go through the Quebec graduated motorcycle licensing process (similar to the Quebec Road Safety Education Program for passenger vehicle drivers). Quebec graduated motorcycle licensing begins with getting a Quebec motorcycle learners license, followed by a Quebec Class 6A learner license and finally, depending on the type of motorcycle being driven, the Class 6A, 6B or 6C motorcycle license Quebec issues to qualified motorcycle drivers. While it may seem daunting to go through all these motorcycle licensing steps, the idea is to ensure that every new Quebec motorcycle driver has enough time to build excellent motorcycle handling skills as well as the confidence needed to operate safely in all sorts of conditions.

The ICanDrive.ca team is here to help you navigate each stage of the Quebec graduated motorcycle licensing process, and get you your full Quebec motorcycle licence as quickly as possible.

Choose the motorcycle license level you want to move to.

Getting Through the Quebec Graduated Motorcycle Licensing Process

Always Remember, Safety Is the First Rule Of Motorcycle Driving In Quebec

The theoretical and practical knowledge you will gain over the course of the Quebec graduated motorcycle licensing process will help you become a more confident road user. By being able to properly identify Quebec road signs, being aware of Quebec driving rules and being comfortable handling a motorcycle in various conditions, you are much more likely to keep yourself and others safe on Quebec's roads. Keep in mind, accidents can happen and police spot checks are sometimes encountered - therefore, anytime you drive your motorcycle on public roads, you must have Quebec motorcycle insurance in place, as well as be able to show appropriate documentation for the motorbike you are driving.

Motorcycle Licensing For New Riders

New Rider: Class 6R Learner → Class 6A Learner → Class 6A, 6B, 6C (probationary) → Class 6A, 6B, 6C (full)

Motorcycle Licensing For Experienced Drivers

Experienced Drivers: Class 6R Learner → Class 6A Learner → Class 6A, 6B, 6C (full)

The Quebec 6R Motorcycle Learner License

Before you can drive a motorcycle you need to know Quebec road signs and rules

You will need to successfully pass the SAAQ motorcycle knowledge test on Quebec road signs and Quebec road rules in order to get a Quebec motorcycle learners license, which is the first stage of the Quebec graduated motorcycle licensing process. The best way to prepare for the SAAQ motorcycle knowledge test (or Quebec motorcycle knowledge test) is by studying the relevant Quebec driving manuals. We also recommend our free Quebec driving test practice and Quebec motorcycle practice test series, and practicing with them as many times as possible before the actual Quebec motorcycle knowledge test.

Quebec Motorcycle Knowledge Test + Vision Test → 6R Motorcycle Learner Licence

You must be 16 to apply.

Here's how to get your 6R licence:

Register for a driving course

Book your 6R knowledge test appointment

Study the Quebec Driver's Handbook

Pass the 6R knowledge test

Getting Your Quebec 6A Learner Licence

Testing for a 6A license involves demonstrating practical motorcycle riding skills

Step 2 of the Quebec graduated motorcycle licensing process is called the Quebec Class 6A learner license. Obtaining it involves demonstrating good motorcycle handling skills in a closed track road test (sometimes referred to as the SAAQ motorcycle road test). You need to remember all of the theoretical information you learned at the Class 6R learner licensing stage and spend a lot of time practicing motorcycle maneuvers before attempting the SAAQ motorcycle road test.

6R Learner Licence + 30 Days Wait + Complete Driver Course + Closed Track Test → Class 6A Learner Licence

You have to wait 30 days between the 6R and 6A learner licence.

Here's how to get your 6A learner:

Complete a driving course

Book your closed track road test

Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your appointment

Take and Pass the closed track road test

Getting Your 6A, 6B or 6C Probationary/Full Licence

You need a full 6A, 6B or 6C to exit the Quebec motorcycle licensing program

To obtain the final Class 6A, 6B or 6C motorcycle license Quebec issues to qualified applicants, a final SAAQ motorcycle test will check to determine if you have complete knowledge of Quebec road signs, road rules, motorcycle driving maneuvers and the ability to independently handle a motorcycle in any road situation. Make sure you get a lot of practice driving a motorcycle correctly before you attempt the final Quebec motorcycle road test.

Motorcycle Licensing For New Riders

Class 6A  + Safe Riding (11 months) + Road Test → Class 6A, 6B or 6C probationary licence

Class 6A, 6B or 6C Probationary Licence + 24 months → Class 6A, 6B or 6C Full

Motorcycle Licensing For Experienced Drivers

Prior Class 5 Licence holder + Class 6 A Leaner Licence + Safe Riding (11 months) + Road Test → Class 6A, 6B or 6C FULL licence

You must remain a 6A learner for 11 months before you can apply.

Here's how to get your licence:

Practice motorcycle riding

Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your appointment

Bring a mechanically sound motorcycle

Take and pass the road test

Looking For A Different Quebec Licence Type?

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Regardless of the kind of Quebec driving license you need, we can help make the process easier. While most Quebec drivers will want or need a regular motorcycle driving license or a passenger vehicle drivers license, some Quebec drivers require a more specific type of drivers license, like a Quebec boating license, a Quebec air brake license, a Quebec bus driver license, or a Quebec truck driving license. We try to make all of the information easy to find, with useful free resources & tools.

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The process of getting your Canadian driver's licence can be a bit different depending on where in Canada you live. Allow us to direct you to the right people and resources who can provide the best possible driver licensing information. Choose your province or territory below.