SGI unveils new one-part driver's licence
November 18, 2010
Customers will soon be receiving the new Saskatchewan driver's licence and now they know what it will look like.
Minister responsible for SGI Tim McMillan unveiled the new one-part licence today. The licence includes images that reflect the beauty of the province's diverse landscape as well as security elements that meet international standards similar to those used on passports and currency.
The new licence will replace the current two-part driver's licence, which has a photo identification card and paper certificate. It will also have a longer renewal period, with customers renewing every five years instead of annually.
"Our customers want convenience," said McMillan. "Once we've gone through the initial transition, they will no longer have to go in and renew their licence every year. Instead, they'll only need to come in every five years for a new photo."
In 2011 all licence holders will get a new licence when they renew. The old two-part licence is still valid until the licence holder gets their new card, either at their regular renewal time or if they need to replace their licence prior to that.
Not all driver's licences renewed in 2011 will initially have a five-year term. During the transition to this new licence, the licence renewal term will vary between one to five years based on the expiry date of a customer's current photo identification card. The renewal fee will be pro-rated based on the length of that term. All subsequent renewals will be for a five-year term.
As a customer convenience, drivers will have two payment options for renewing their licence. They can pay $25 per year for each of the five years, or they can pay for the entire five years up front for a discounted fee of $100.
The new licence includes several special security features that make it easy for groups like law enforcement and retailers to determine the card is authentic, but make it very difficult to counterfeit.
"The new licence's safeguards make it a highly secure piece of identification, greatly reducing the opportunity for copying and identity theft, which is a growing public concern" said McMillan.
Saskatchewan one-part driver's licence highlights (pdf, 1.6 MB)