IMPORTANT:New Saskatchewan traffic safety legislation is anticipated to come into effect at the end of June. Current content on this page will be updated with the changes. Learn more about what's changing, and what the consequences are for drivers.
The GDL program introduces you to the driving environment in 3 stages:
- Learner - a minimum of 9 months
- Novice 1 - lasts for 6 months
- Novice 2 - lasts for 12 months
Each stage moves you gradually into higher risk driving situations and comes with certain driving restrictions.
As you pass through the stages and gain experience, you earn more driving privileges and see fewer restrictions until you graduate to an experienced Class 5 driver's licence. While practising for your Class 5 driver's licence, track your hours with the Practice log for new drivers (pdf, 16 kb).
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of injury and death among Saskatchewan's new drivers. The GDL program is in place to ensure new drivers learn and demonstrate safe driving habits, before getting their Class 5 driver's licence.
Note: Drivers in the GDL program cannot use any type of cellphone while driving - neither hand-held nor hands free.