Answers from our Customer Inquiry Representatives
Antique and vintage vehicles
Does my 1964 Ford Fairlane need to have seatbelts in it before I drive it in Saskatchewan?
I have a 1968 Volkswagen Sandrail. Can I register it as an antique and how do I do so without a title on the vehicle?
Are there any vehicles that do not need an inspection (e.g., antique/military) and if so, what is the year range?
How soon after moving do I have to change my address?
What if I live in 2 places? How long before I have to change my address?
I had a collision and my vehicle was a total loss, but it's going through arbitration. I'm still paying the monthly payment for the insurance. Can this be cancelled before it's all finished, or do I have to wait until the final arbitration is done?
Bringing an out-of-province vehicle to Saskatchewan
If I’m buying a used car from Alberta to bring it to Saskatchewan, what do I have to do?
We can provide you with a Temporary Insurance Card (TIC), which gives you the same coverage as a Saskatchewan licence plate. The cost is $11 and it's good for a week or until you reach your home destination, whatever comes first. It must accompany a registration permit. Once the vehicle is in Saskatchewan, the vehicle has to undergo a mechanical safety inspection before it’s registered. However, you can purchase a 24-hour ($20) or 8-day ($48) permit for insurance coverage while having the inspection done. Once completed, simply take the inspection papers in with your bill of sale and register the vehicle.
Can you use an in-transit permit to transfer a vehicle from Ontario to Saskatchewan?
If you’re a Saskatchewan resident, you’ll need a Temporary Insurance Card (TIC) from us and an in-transit permit from Ontario. If you’re an Ontario resident, you’ll need to talk to the Ministry of Transportation in Ontario to see how to get the vehicle here.
If I buy a vehicle in another province, how can I transport it here by driving?
Check with the province you're buying it from to see if they have an in-transit permit. If they do, that's all you'll need. If they don't and you're a Saskatchewan resident, you can buy a Temporary Insurance Card (TIC) from us and a registration permit (to actually drive it on the road) from that province. If you're bringing it to Saskatchewan on a trailer (not actually driving it) then you'll only need the TIC. Before you register it in Saskatchewan, it must pass a First Time Registration inspection. You may want to read some additional information about buying a vehicle from out of province.
I'm looking at buying an out-of-province truck. How much is a safety inspection?
Booking a test on MySGI
I’ve booked my driving test on the phone, but also have a MySGI account. How do I check the availability on the schedule in case there are any cancellations?
If you already have an appointment booked you can go into your MySGI account and attempt to change it. When you do this all available times will appear, and if you see a time you'd like to book you can do that. If you decide you don't want to change the appointment and you want to keep your original time, make sure you don’t save your changes.
I am applying for my passport and using my licence as an identity support document. I see 3 different numbers on my licence, which do I use?
You can always phone the Passport Office to be sure, but we suggest using the customer number. The validation number changes every time you change any personal information, whereas the customer number does not.
How can I suspend my plates for a month?
You can't suspend your plates; you have to cancel them, and then reactivate them. Keep in mind that when they're cancelled, you don't have coverage if the vehicle is stolen or damaged. Talk to an insurance broker to see what kind of storage insurance is available if you do cancel the plates.
Do you have a list of certified driving instructors?
Use our online locater to find certified instructors in your area.
Driver’s licence renewal by someone else
I am currently out of the province. Can my parents renew my licence for me?
Yes, anyone can go in and renew your driver's licence on your behalf. If the licence is up for renewal and a new photo is required, they can temporarily exempt the photo to allow the renewal. You would then be required to go in to a motor licence issuer at your earliest convenience to have your photo captured, once you return home to Saskatchewan. Photo cards do take approximately 7-10 days to arrive in the mail (you’ll be issued a temporary card to use in the meantime), although we also offer an expedited request that ensures you receive the photo card in 3-5 days by courier and costs an extra $20.
Driver’s licence exams
Which part of the Saskatchewan Driver’s Handbook is in the knowledge test?
All of it! The tests are computerized so each is different and come from a database including hundreds of questions from the entire book. You can practise for the test if you'd like. Questions are not exactly the same as on the test, but they will help you prepare.
Which quiz will be on the driver’s test?
We can't tell you that! There are many versions of the test, each with different questions. The answers to all questions are in the Saskatchewan Driver’s Handbook.
Driving and dementia
A family member is in the beginning stages of dementia. I am afraid someone may be hurt while he is driving. Will someone check him out?
Can I use an 8-day permit until I can afford to upgrade to a personalized plate? Are there any limitations or points I should be aware of?
Personalized plates are $75 and 8-day permits are $48, so two 8-day permits will cost you more than the personalized plate. 8-day permits are only valid in Saskatchewan. Why don't you just get a regular series plate until you can buy a personalized one, as it would be cheaper? You can get a short-term plate for a month ( rates are based on the vehicle).
Graduated Driver’s Licensing program
What is the meaning of Novice 1 or Novice 2 driver for a Class 5 licence?
Saskatchewan has a Graduated Driver's Licensing (GDL) program, which means there are stages you must complete before getting a full Class 5 licence. After you pass your road test you are placed in Novice 1 for 6 months, then Novice 2 for 12 months - but - those 12 months must be incident free (no tickets, suspensions, collisions, etc.) or the 12 months starts over. The GDL program was implemented for all new drivers, regardless of age, so they gain experience in lower risk situations before receiving a full Class 5 driver's licence. Each stage has restrictions the driver must follow. Please note that drivers in these stages are not allowed to use cellphones of any kind while driving, not even hands free.
As a Class 5 Novice 1 driver am I permitted to drive alone?
Yes. Only learner’s licence drivers need supervision in the vehicle. Novice 1 drivers can only have one passenger that isn't a family member until they move to Novice 2. You can check out our Graduated Driver’s Licence program to find out more.
Getting a driver’s abstract
How long does it take to get a driver’s abstract?
Within 24 hours of your request. You have a few different ways to make that request.
Is there an additional cost to register your ignition interlock monitor to a second vehicle that is already equipped with interlock components?
Each vehicle would be charged for monitoring and installation fees. The only thing that would be waived on the second vehicle is the $30 SGI admin fee.
Lost driver's licence
If I've been out of province for several months and will remain for several more - how do I replace a stolen/lost driver’s licence?
Since you've already been out of Saskatchewan for a few months, and not returning for a few more, you should contact the licence authority for your current province to see what their requirements are. Each jurisdiction has their own requirements and time frame for driver's licenses. If you are still eligible for a Saskatchewan licence, please contact our Customer Service Centre at 1-800-667-9868 to discuss getting a replacement.
Out-of-province student exemption
What is the correct way to insure a student vehicle while studying in Saskatchewan if the car is licensed in Manitoba?
SGI allows out-of-province students to keep their home licence and insurance as long as they are attending classes full time (as outlined by the school) at the University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina, and SIAST and if Manitoba allows it. Make sure you check with Manitoba Public Insurance to ensure you meet their requirements for maintaining coverage while studying in Saskatchewan.
I moved to New Brunswick a few years ago but can't get a licence because I owe SGI money. What is the easiest way to pay my balance?
You can pay by credit card through our Customer Service Centre at 1-800-667-9868 Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They'll let you know how much and give you an address to mail the payment in if you don’t have a credit card. If you still have your Saskatchewan driver's licence number or previous plate number that would help them find your file, but is not necessary.
Is it possible to pay a fine online?
I will be arriving in Saskatchewan from Australia and hold a South Australian truck licence. Can I obtain a Saskatchewan Class 1 licence or do I have to take the training in Saskatchewan first?
The reciprocity agreement we have with Australia is only for Class 5 vehicles (passenger vehicles and motorcycles). With the appropriate documentation you will be issued a Class 5 Experienced licence. Then you will be required to submit a satisfactory commercial medical and can begin testing for a Class 1. For more details, check our licensing classification information.
I have G1 licence from Ontario and have now moved to Saskatchewan. How do I get a Saskatchewan driver’s licence?
An Ontario G1 is equivalent to Saskatchewan Class 5, Novice 1, so you don't have to complete any tests. Check out our new resident guidelines for more information.
I have a Nova Scotia driver’s licence that is going to expire. What do I need to do to get a Saskatchewan licence?
I have a Manitoba Class 1A, I have not yet taken the driving test, I have just written the Class 1 and the air tests. Can you tell me why these wouldn't transfer over to an SGI driver’s licence automatically? It seems I have had several different answers.
A Class 1A licence in Manitoba is not the same as a Class 1A licence in Saskatchewan. A Manitoba Class 1A (or I) is equivalent to Saskatchewan's 1 Endorsement. The Manitoba Class 1F is equivalent to our Class 1A. We will transfer your licence to the equivalent class, but only if an acceptable medical has been submitted.
Registering a vehicle
I have a car previously plated in Saskatchewan in another province. The car was never plated out of province and no longer has Saskatchewan plates. Will it have to be inspected when entering the province or will it still be considered a Saskatchewan vehicle?
If your vehicle wasn't registered in another province since it was registered in Saskatchewan, you should be okay. However, if it was damaged or deemed unsafe (window tint for instance) and that's on file, you might need inspections. There's an easy way to find out - use our free VIN search and find out if there's an inspection required for that particular vehicle.
I may purchase a vehicle in rural Saskatchewan. If I buy it, can I drive it with just a bill of sale until I get to a motor licence issuer?
No, vehicles must be registered or you must have a permit to drive it.
Do you have to pay to get a new registration?
It's $10 for a new copy of your registration certificate.
If I wanted to trade or sell a vehicle, would I need the registration certificate if it has been lost?
You don't need the registration to sell a vehicle, but the buyer may want to see it as proof of ownership so they know you're not selling a vehicle that isn't yours. If you don't have the registration to give them as a bill of sale you can write your own bill of sale with all the pertinent information: date, name of seller and buyer, make, model, year, amount paid, VIN, etc.
If I have a suspended driver’s licence in another province but moved to and live in Saskatchewan for work, can I go to an issuing office and get another licence?
No, every province checks an inter-provincial record exchange before issuing a licence. Suspensions must be cleared in your home province before another province will licence you.
We are going to Arizona for the winter, what do I do or whom do I contact in case of an accident?
You can contact the Out of Province Claims office at 1-800-667-9779 if you need to report a claim. Make sure you've let us know you're a snowbird, so we can make a note on your registration. You can do this at your local motor licence issuer or through our Customer Service Centre at 1-800-667-9868. It may be worthwhile to look into increasing your insurance coverage with auto extension insurance. Talk to your insurance broker.
When you buy a used vehicle in Saskatchewan, does it require a safety inspection?
If it was last registered in Saskatchewan and isn't flagged for an inspection (e.g., previous total loss vehicle, inspection ticket from law enforcement, etc.) you shouldn’t need one. To be sure, you can run a VIN search to check our Saskatchewan database for free, or for $10 we can do a Canada-wide search to make sure there aren't any flags on the vehicle.
I plan to purchase a 1973 travel trailer. Am I required to purchase physical damage coverage for the trailer or can I simply buy licence plates for it?
Physical damage coverage is automatically provided when you buy the licence plate. Trailers are insured for Actual Cash Value or Declared Value, whichever is less. So if you declare a low value (e.g., $1,000 or less), SGI still provides physical damage coverage, but the premium for physical damage would reflect the amount that it's insured for.
Towing a trailer
According to your website, last year I was able to tow our 21,000 lb. farm trailer with our farm pickup with a Class 5 licence. Does this still apply or do I need a G Endorsement or Class 1 licence?
Yes, you are still permitted to tow your trailer that is over 4,600 kg (or 10,000 lb.) with your 2-axle farm-plated pickup truck while being the holder of a Saskatchewan Class 5 driver’s licence. This driver licensing exception is for farm-plated 2-axle trucks only and does not apply if the farm-plated truck is a 2-axle power unit designed to tow semi-trailers. Two additional suggestions are: if leaving the province check with the jurisdiction you will be travelling and check either your owner’s manual or with a dealer to ensure the towing capacity of your pickup truck.
Truck bumper legal height
What is the legal bumper height for a truck?
The front bumper of a light truck (under 4,500 kg) cannot be more than 750 mm above the road surface. See Sec 50 of The Vehicle Equipment Regulations.
I just moved to Ontario and I would like to get my licence switched over to a Saskatchewan licence. I have an outstanding speeding ticket. How much and how I would go about getting this situation worked out?
You have to contact Saskatchewan Justice about outstanding tickets. You'll have to pay over the phone with a credit card. If your licence is suspended or has a pending suspension because of this, it will take about 48 hours to be cleared.