Saskatchewan employs a graduated driver’s licence system. The program is designed to improve road safety by exposing new drivers to various levels of restrictions that the driver gains experience. The three stages of Saskatchewan’s graduated licensing program are Learner’s, Novice 1 and Novice 2. Effective June 2011, a similar program was adopted for the Motorcycle licence.
New and Renewals
Obtain a learner’s licence. This can be done at age 16, or at age 15 if taken through a high school driver training program. To complete this step, a vision test as well as a written test must be completed.
- Practice driving with a supervised driver for nine months.
- Complete the required mandatory driver training education. This is either completed in high school or through various commercial facilities.
- Pass the road test. Road test receipts may be purchased through our office, or any motor licence issuer, for a cost of $55.00.
- Hold a Class 5 Novice 1 driver’s licence for 6 months.
- Hold a Class 5 Novice 2 driver’s licence for 12 incident free months.
- Graduate to an experienced Class 5 driver’s licence.
In Saskatchewan, a driver’s licence is valid for 5 years. When paid in full at time of renewal the cost is $100, if preferred you can pay $25/yr (due at end of birth month) over the 5 year term. In the event you have outstanding payments or have unpaid traffic fines they may need to be cleared up before processing your driver’s licence renewal. A Saskatchewan driver’s licence may be renewed at any time providing it has not lapsed for more than 5 years.
One Part Driver’s Licence and Photo Identification Cards
Effective January 1, 2011, Saskatchewan adopted a new one part drivers licence and photo identification card. These new cards comply with rigid standards adopted by other North American jurisdictions and are produced at Canadian Bank Note (CBN) in Ottawa. The new cards take approximately 7-14 days for delivery to your home address. However, if required sooner, there is an option of expedited courier service within Canada at a charge of up to $30. You will be issued a temporary paper driver’s licence/ID card to use until your card arrives. It is very important to remove and destroy any non-valid driver’s licence from your wallet.
Individuals need to bring in two approved pieces of valid identification displaying their name, date of birth, and signature to be eligible for a photo identification card. These documents are also required for the One Part Driver’s Licence along with two approved proof of Saskatchewan residence documents.
Change Over from Another Jurisdiction
To change over from another Province or outside the Country, new residents who wish to drive in Saskatchewan have 90 days (or prior to expiry of their existing licence) to obtain a valid Saskatchewan driver’s licence. If you are moving from another Canadian jurisdiction, the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany or Austria, you can apply for a Saskatchewan driver’s licence at our office, or at any motor licence issuer. You will be required to produce and surrender your previous licence and pay any applicable fees. If you are moving from any other jurisdiction you will be required to complete a written test as well as a vision and road test prior to receiving a Saskatchewan driver’s licence.
A record of driver experience & vehicle registration is compiled in a Driver Abstract; also called a Letter of Experience in some jurisdictions. It will indicate the date a driver was licensed to drive, declares that their licence is valid, and must be dated within 30 days of their arrival in Canada (if applicable). Driver abstracts include a minimum of 5 years and a maximum of 24 years of driving and/or registration history. The price of a driver abstract is $15.00.
A driver abstract consists of 2 parts:
- Driver Record Information – This is a complete record of the driver’s collisions, and/or convictions. If the driver has never been in a collision and hasn’t had any convictions, your driver information area will indicate NIL.
- Plate Record Information – this is a record of any vehicles registered to the driver. If a vehicle is registered in joint names and the driver will need to request a plate record under the joint name in addition the individual driver abstract.
To obtain a commercial, personal, or group driver abstract, please visit: https://www.sgi.sk.ca/driver-records-abstracts/