Graduated Licensing

​​To become a fully licensed driver, new Saskatchewan drivers must pass all steps of the province’s graduated licensing program.

​To get started, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old (or 15 if you take the high-school driver education program​)
  • Pass a written knowledge test
  • Be a learner for 9 months excluding interruptions (i.e., non-renewal, refusal, licence suspension)
  • Complete mandatory education for Saskatchewan’s Graduated Driver Licensing program.

In Saskatchewan, the government operates a mandatory car registration and insurance program. When you purchase licence plates for your car, you pay a registration fee and receive basic plate insurance. You can also buy extended insurance from private insurers. 

As you learn to drive, it’s important to understand the specific requirements and restrictions that apply to Class 7 – Learner, Class 5 – Novice 1 and Class 5 – Novice 2 licences drivers. 

New drivers in the graduated licensing program are not allowed to use any type of cellphone while driving.​

What Happens with Insurance If My Licence Is Suspended?

If you are convicted of any statutory offences, your driver’s licence will be suspended. 

New drivers who drive after consuming any amount of alcohol face an automatic 30-day driver’s licence suspension and must take a Driving Without Impairment (DWI) course within 90 days. 

Saskatchewan also has 90-day administrative, Criminal Code and roadside suspensions

How Long Does It Take to Become a Fully Licenced Driver?

It takes approximately 2 years and 3 months to complete the Learner, Novice 1 and Novice 2 stages of graduated licensing.

​Why Are There So Many Steps to Get Licenced?

New drivers cause many traffic-related deaths and injuries. In response to accident statistics and successful licensing systems used in other countries, provincial and territorial governments introduced new driver standards in the mid-2000s.  

Graduated licensing is based on research that clearly demonstrates the safety value of this approach over more conventional ones. Most programs include a multi-stage system with mandatory learner and intermediate stages that take place over set time periods before graduation to a full licence.  

IBC and Best Practices for Graduated Licensing in Canada

In 2005, IBC supported research conducted by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF), a national, independent charitable road safety institute. TIRF’s mission is to reduce traffic-related deaths and injuries. A draft of this report​ was circulated to all relevant contacts in driver licensing agencies, or their equivalent, in all jurisdictions across Canada.