Getting a license - Step by step guide (class 5)

We here at Access can be your first step on your path towards obtaining your driver’s license. The following is a basic guide of this process from the perspective of the S.A.A.Q (Société d'Assurance d'Automobile du Québec):

In order to obtain your class 5 driving license you must pass three exams: 

  1. A theoretical exam at the driving school
  2. A theoretical exam at the SAAQ • BOOK AN EXAM
  3. A practical exam at the SAAQ • BOOK AN EXAM


* The SAAQ will issue your learner’s permit upon successful completion of the first theoretical exam
** The minimum wait time between the first and the second theoretical exam is 10 months
*** The minimum wait time between the second theoretical exam and the final practical exam is 2 months

THEORY EXAMS:
Your theory exams will be multiple-choice exams comprised of multiple sections covering the car, the road network, and driver attitude as well as the highway safety code, road signs and specialization class 5. You need a 75% to pass each exam. 

PRACTICAL EXAM:
{1} When the SAAQ issues you your learner's permit, after successfully passing your first theoretical exam at the driving school, you are now allowed to drive a car with the restriction that someone who has held a license for more than two years has to be next to you. You have to hold this permit for a minimum of 1 year before you are eligible to do the third exam - the road test. 

{2} After successfully passing your first theoretical exam at the driving school, the SAAQ issues you your learner's permit. This allows you to drive a car with the restriction that someone who has held a license for more than two years has to be next to you.

The road test is 30 min long. A monitor present in the car will evaluate you and again you need a 75% to pass.

YOU'RE DONE!
Upon completion of your course you are eligible for insurance reduction on your car. This reduction is available to you because you did your lessons at a certified driving school. Many companies will offer you 3 years experience, which could save you hundreds of dollars per year. See the ‘Car insurance section’ for more information on this subject. 
 

Scheduling an exam with the S.A.A.Q

When scheduling an exam date with the S.A.A.Q. keep in mind that you should book it in advance. They always release exam dates for an upcoming month on a certain date (normally 6 to 7 weeks before the month). To book an exam, you must call or book it online: 

Phone: 514-873-5803 or ONLINE

* Keep in mind that for a practical test you will need to either bring a vehicle, or rent one. If you do not have one, we can provide you with one; please contact the office for more information on this.
 

Required documents:

List of documents you will need for getting your license:

LEARNER’S PERMIT:
1) Medicare 
2) A parental authorization form (if you are under 18 years of age. DOWNLOAD HERE.
3) If you were born in Canada: an official birth certificate from the Civil Status of Quebec. DOWNLOAD HERE.

* If were born outside of Canada: a Canadian citizenship card
** If you are an international student: your Passport and Visa (or Canadian study permit)

ROAD TEST:
1) Your learners permit
2) The S.A.A.Q identification card
3) A parental authorization form DOWNLOAD HERE.
4) Attestation of a completed driving course issued by a certified school
5) Proof of registration and insurance on your car (unless you arranged for us to supply you with one)


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