One of the greatest joys in any country is to be able to have mobility. Driving is one of the easiest ways to get yourself anywhere in Canada.
To drive in the Saskatchewan province, you must have a Saskatchewan drivers license. The driver’s license proves that you understand standard road signs and can also drive perfectly.
In this short article we’re going to cover:
- Driving in Saskatchewan and driver’s license,
- Driver’s license tests and restrictions,
- Types of driver’s license in Saskatchewan,
- Classes of drivers license,
- How to apply for a driver’s license, and
- How to replace lost Saskatchewan driver’s license.
In this article
- Driving in Saskatchewan and Driver’s License
- Saskatchewan Drivers License
- Driver’s License Tests and Restrictions
- Saskatchewan Visitor That Wants A Drivers License
- I’m a new resident but I don’t want to be tested
- Saskatchewan Drivers License Restrictions
- Types of drivers license in Saskatchewan
- #1 Learner’s driver’s license
- #2. Class 5 Novice 1 driver’s licence
- #3. Class 5 Novice 2 driver’s license
- #4. Class 5 licence
- How to Apply for a New Drivers License in Saskatchewan
- How to Replace a Lost Saskatchewan Drivers License or Renew An Expired One
- Renewing an expired driver’s license
- Replacing a lost or damaged drivers license
Driving in Saskatchewan and Driver’s License
To drive your cars or any vehicle in Saskatchewan, you must have your valid Saskatchewan driver’s license for the type of vehicle you wish to drive.
To get your license, you must be assessed by the driver programs and examinations in the province.
Saskatchewan Drivers License
To apply for your Saskatchewan driver’s license, you’ll be asked to provide some documents to prove your:
- Proof of residence, and
- Entitlement to be in Canada.
You can find the list of acceptable documents in this downloadable guide. Remember that each document must be the original, and not the photocopies.
Before you can get your license, you must be able to drive (or operate the equipment), understand traffic signs and know how to apply the rules of the road. All these are taught in the driver’s training program of Saskatchewan.
Your driver’s licence will expire on the last day of your birth month. For example, if you were born in January, then your license will expire on January 31st.
If you are a migrant, your license will expire on the last day of the month that your immigration documents expire.
When a peace officer requests to see your license, you have up to 48 hours to produce it (if you don’t have it on you).
Driver’s License Tests and Restrictions
To enrol for the driver’s training program, you:
- Must be unlicensed;
- Not hold a Saskatchewan driver’s license within the past five years;
- Can wish to become a certified driver instructor in the province;
- Have a license not honoured or recognised in Saskatchewan.
The province honours driver’s licenses from the United States.
Driver’s licenses from the countries listed below are exchanged for a Saskatchewan Class 5 driver’s license (and motorcycle endorsement:
Germany, Switzerland, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Japan, Jersey, Netherlands, New Zealand and Taiwan.
If you have a license from a country not listed above, you can check with any Saskatchewan motor license issuer or driver examination office and find out if they’ll accept your license.
For quick assistance, you can ask at the toll-free number 1-844-TLK-2SGI (1-844-855-2744).
The driver’s training lasts for nine months. However, if you provide a valid driver’s license (written in English or French), the training can be waived for you.
Saskatchewan Visitor That Wants A Drivers License
Visitors in Saskatchewan cannot apply for a driver’s license.
However, if you have a driver’s license from another province or territory, you are allowed to drive in Saskatchewan. Also, as a visitor, you don’t have to register your vehicle in the province.
I’m a new resident but I don’t want to be tested
If you don’t want to enrol in the 9-month driver’s training and you’re a new resident, an exception can be made. You have to fulfil certain requirements and here they are:
- You’re from another Canadian province or territory and you can provide a valid driver’s license from your former province. An expired license is also acceptable provided it’s not older than five years. You may drive for 90days with your out-of-province license after moving to Saskatchewan. However, once you get a Saskatchewan driver’s license, any other license you hold becomes invalid.
- You’re from the US, UK, Germany, Switzerland, South Korea, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Japan, Jersey, Netherlands or New Zealand… and you can provide a valid license and a copy of your driving record from your country.
Saskatchewan Drivers License Restrictions
There are different driver’s license classes and we’ll get to them in a bit. First, you have to understand that each class differs from the rest by restrictions.
Restrictions are just what they’re called, restrictions. It defines what you must do and the type of vehicles the license holder can drive.
Visit this page for a full list of the Saskatchewan driver’s license restriction codes and their interpretations.
Types of drivers license in Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan province operates a Graduated Driver Licensing program also known as GDL. The program is designed to give learners many hours of practical driving training.
If you’re a fresh learner, you’ll have to pass through three stages of training. First, you get your learner’s permit, then you merit the Novice 1 and then the Novice 2 licenses.
#1 Learner’s driver’s license
This license has the most restrictions. To graduate to the next level, you must complete the driver’s education and rack up at least nine months of incident-free driving. The next section deals with how to apply for a learner’s driver’s license.
Learners license restrictions
- Drive with a class-5 licensed driver for 12 months;
- Drive with zero alcohol and drugs in your system;
- With no hand-held devices;
- Not be found driving alone between 12 a.m. to 5 a.m.;
- Ensure each passenger puts on a working seat belt;
- Be enrolled in a driving education training either in high school or six hours in-class and six hours in-car commercial training.
#2. Class 5 Novice 1 driver’s licence
You’re required to use this licence for at least six months.
To graduate from this class, you’ll have to pass a 20-minute road test that assesses your starting, stopping, turning, proper lane changes, parking and safe driving abilities.
The class 5 novice 1 restrictions include:
- Zero alcohol and drugs in your system at any time;
- Never driving while using your phone;
- Ability to drive with anyone that’s not a relative;
- Mandatory seat belt usage by each passenger;
- Not qualified to be a supervising driver for a learner.
#3. Class 5 Novice 2 driver’s license
With this license, you are expected to continue driving for at least 12 months.
The class 5 novice 2 restrictions include:
- Zero alcohol and drugs in your system at any driving time;
- Not found using your cell phone while driving;
- Each passenger much don a seat belt;
- Inability to supervise a learner
#4. Class 5 licence
This is the last lap in Saskatchewan’s Graduated Driving License program.
This class 5 restrictions include:
- Ensuring all your cars are insured;
- Never accumulate above 0.08% in your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) or a BDC of 5ng (five nanograms) or more of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) per ml of blood.
When you’ve successfully driven for at least 12-months incident-free, you are now ready to get your full driver’s license. By the way, incident-free means that no collisions or license suspensions were your direct fault.
How to Apply for a New Drivers License in Saskatchewan
First, to apply you must have parental consent (if you’re not yet 18 years old). When you apply, you’ll first be given the learner’s license from which you can graduate upwards to become a Class 5 licensed driver.
Applying for a learner’s license takes five easy steps:
#2. Get an appointment at the driver exam office.
#3. Pay the $25 CAD exam fee.
#4. Take the vision test.
#5. Provide two pieces of identification to prove your identity and residency in Saskatchewan.
If you succeed, you’ll get your learner’s license.
Next, you’ll be required to pay a driver’s license fee which can be paid in two parts:
- Five annual payments of $25 CAD, OR
- One full $100 CAD payment (save $25 CAD)
To start ascending the driver’s license classes, you have to meet the requirements as stated above.
How to Replace a Lost Saskatchewan Drivers License or Renew An Expired One
Renewing or replacing your lost, damaged or expired Saskatchewan driver’s licences is easy. Simply follow the steps below.
Also, remember that you must report any changes in your health that may affect your driving abilities.
Failure to report may result in non-coverage of your medical insurance and you’ll have to pay the full cost of any future damages.
Renewing an expired driver’s license
Just visit the nearest motor licence issuer before your licence’s expiry date.
At the office, your photo will be taken to make sure that the picture on your licence is as recent as possible.
You will also have to pay the renewal fee. You have two options:
- One time $100 CAD upfront payment for the five years (saves you $25 CAD), OR
- Five $25 CAD annual payments.
Replacing a lost or damaged drivers license
If your license is damaged or lost, you have two replacement options:
- Replace with your existing photo,
- Replace with your new photo (to be taken at the office)
#1. Replace with your existing photo
If you don’t want to update your photo, you can easily request a replacement driver’s licence from your nearest motor licence issuer for a $15 fee.
#2. Replace with your new photo (to be taken at the office)
If you’d like to update your photo, visit the nearest motor license issuer and have your photo taken. You’ll have to pay a $30 CAD replacement fee.