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Licenses

You must be at least 16 years old and have a Saskatchewan driver’s licence to drive a car. To get a licence you must pass a driver’s exam and road test. To pass these exams you must be able to drive safely, understand traffic signs and know the rules of the road. Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is in charge of licensing in Saskatchewan.

Licensing

Driver Exams

You need to book an appointment for driver exams. You can do this online, by visiting a motor licence issuer or by calling 1-800-667-5111 Monday to Friday between 8:00 am and 4:45 pm. You must be 16 years old or older to take driver exams. However, if you are in high school and have taken driver education you can take the written exam at 15.

Written Exam

The first step is to take a written exam. This tests your knowledge about the rules of the road. The Saskatchewan Driver’s Handbook and practice quiz can help you prepare.

Written exams take place at a driver exam office. You will need to make an appointment with one of these offices. Saskatoon and Regina offices take walk-ins. There is a $10 fee to take the written exam. You will take the exam on a computer at the driver exam office.

If you pass the exam and a vision test, you will get a learner’s licence. This means you can practice driving with an experienced supervising driver. The supervisor must have a valid licence and must sit next to you.

Road Test

Before you can take the road test, you must practice with your learner’s licence for at least 9 months. You also need to take at least 6 hours of in-class instruction and 6 hours of in-car instruction from a certified driver instructor. Youth in High School can meet these requirements by taking Driver’s Education through their school. Otherwise you can find a certified driver instructor near you by using the search function on SGI’s site. Driver instructors will charge a fee for their services.

You bring your own car to the road test. Your car must be in good working order. If some things are not working, such as brake lights or windshield wipers, you may not be able to take your test. The road test takes about 20 minutes.

During the test, you will drive your car with the exam officer in the passenger seat. You will be tested on things that are part of everyday driving. These things include changing lanes, parallel parking, stopping, turning, and obeying traffic signs and signals.

Points will be taken off for anything you do wrong. If you get 10 or more points off you will not pass the test. Points will be taken off for things like changing lanes without signalling or being too far from the curb when you park. You could fail because you did a number of minor things wrong. Some things result in an automatic failure. These include, speeding, not stopping when required and not yielding to other cars when required. If you do not pass the test, the exam officer will explain why. You will need to wait two weeks before you can take the road test again.

Once you pass the road test you need to have your licence updated at a motor licence issuer before you can drive.

New Drivers

When you first get your Saskatchewan licence there are restrictions on your driving. New drivers include people who get their Saskatchewan driver’s licence based on a licence from another place, unless they can show that they are an experienced driver.

Novice 1 Restrictions (first 6 months of driving)

  • only one passenger who is not immediate family
  • every passenger must have a seat belt
  • no use of a cell phone, even a hands-free one
  • cannot have any alcohol before driving

Once you have driven for 6 months you will receive your Novice 2 licence in the mail. For the next 12 months you will be a Novice 2 driver. This has the same restrictions as a Novice 1 driver but you can have more than one passenger who is not immediate family.

After 12 months, as long as you did not cause an accident or get any traffic tickets, you will graduate to being an experienced driver. Experienced drivers can have passengers who are not wearing a seat belt as long as the passenger is over 16 and all seat belts available are in use. Experienced drivers can some alcohol in their system as long as their blood alcohol level is less than .04 . For more information about alcohol and driving see Drinking, Drugs & Driving.

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