Suppose you’ve recently moved to Quebec from another country. In that case, you must obtain a Quebec driver’s license, have the minimum insurance coverage required, and register your vehicle annually. A driver’s license is vital, as it’s impossible to purchase automobile insurance in Gatineau without it.
If you hold a valid foreign driver’s license, Quebec legislation permits you to drive in the province for up to six consecutive months. However, should you decide to make your stay in Gatineau permanent after that time, you must apply for a Quebec driver’s license.
Quebec has reciprocity agreements that allow you to directly exchange your foreign driver’s licence for a Quebec one if you’re moving from one of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales), Germany, Isle of Man, Japan, Northern Ireland, South Korea, Switzerland, The Netherlands, including Holland and the Dutch Antilles (Sint Maarten, Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba and Sint Eustatius) and Taiwan.
To transfer your driving history to a new country, ask your insurance company or government agency in your country of origin to provide a reference to your new insurer. If you sustained a clean driving record in your home country, you may be able to use that experience to secure a favourable rate in Gatineau. You can ask car insurance companies to estimate your premium but be aware that some may not accept your foreign driving record.