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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Many people find it most convenient to get around using their own private vehicles (cars, trucks, vans).  To drive in Saskatchewan, you will need a valid driver's licence.  You also need to have your vehicle insured to protect you in case of injuries, accidents, vandalism or theft.  Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is the provincial government agency in charge of all driver licensing and vehicle registration.

If you are a new resident to Saskatchewan and have a valid driver's licence and proof of driving record from another part of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Isle of Man, Japan, Jersey, Netherlands, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Korea or Switzerland, you can apply for a Saskatchewan licence within 90 days of moving to Saskatchewan.  In most cases, you will be able to get a Saskatchewan licence issued without taking a road test. 

If you have a driver's licence from a country not listed above, you will need to take tests to get a Saskatchewan licence. The nine-month learning period and driver training requirement may be waived if you can prove past driving experience by providing a valid driver’s licence, written in English or French, or a valid licence in another language accompanied by a translation document acceptable to SGI (i.e. International Driving Permit).

Can I Use My International Permit to Drive in Saskatchewan?

As a new resident, you are allowed to drive for three months using a valid driver's licence from most countries.  If you are a visitor, full time student or temporary worker, you are allowed to drive using a valid driver’s licence from most countries for as long as you remain a non-resident. If your licence is in a language other than English or French it should be accompanied by a translation  or an International Driving Permit. 

How do I get a Saskatchewan Driver's License?

There are different classes of licences offered in Saskatchewan depending on which kind of vehicle you want to drive, such as a car, a freight truck or a motorcycle.  Most people are interested in getting their Class 7 (Learner's) and Class 5 (Driver's) Licences so that they can drive their own cars, trucks or vans.

How to Get a Driver's Licence tells you about what documents you need when you apply for a licence.  It explains photo identification (ID) and how to book a driver's test.  If you wear glasses or contact lenses, take them with you when you go for any appointments.

When you want to get a Class 7 (Learner’s) licence, you must first study the Saskatchewan Driver's Handbook that has information on traffic signs, signals, basic driving skills and the rules of the road.  There is also a practice quiz online.  If you wish to schedule an appointment for a written exam at one of SGI's centres, you can book online at MySGI, call 1-800-667-5111 or contact your motor licence issuer. You must pay for the exam before taking it. You can pay online or by phone with a credit card or pre-pay at your motor licence issuer. In Regina and Saskatoon, you can go to an SGI office and complete the tests without making an appointment ahead of time.  If you pass the written  tests, you will receive a Class 7 (Learner's) Licence.  It allows you to drive only with a supervising driver who is experienced and licensed so that you can gain driving experience.  When you have a Class 7 licence, you must not drive without a qualified, supervising driver. 

The Saskatchewan Driver's Handbook is in English and French.

Driving alone requires a Class 5 Licence.  To get one, you must complete the learner's stage of the Graduated Driver's Licensing Program.  During the learner's stage, you receive in-class instruction and in-car training from a qualified driving school.  Then you must make an appointment to take a road test and you must pass it.  In the Graduated Driver's Licensing Program, you reach the level of "Experienced Driver" in stages that include 6 months in Novice 1, then 12 months in Novice 2 (provided you do not have any accidents or traffic convictions).

Tests are only available in Canada's official languages: English and French.  SGI approved interpreters may assist with translation of written tests.  You are not allowed to bring your own translator for tests.  To find a certified interpreter, contact your Regional Newcomer Gateway.

Vehicle Registration

Many people in Saskatchewan own their own vehicle.  In rural areas and smaller cities and towns, it is often necessary to have your own vehicle as there is often very little public transportation.  Every vehicle in Saskatchewan must be registered and insured.  You will find more information on buying and registering a vehicle in Saskatchewan in the following documents:

Buying and Registering a Vehicle in Saskatchewan
Auto Insurance in Saskatchewan

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