Saskatchewan Driver's Handbook


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Classified licence system

Licence Class 1

Semi

Permits the licence holder to operate

  • Class 1 vehicles - that is, power units and semi trailers, and trucks which have a trailer(s) or vehicle(s) in tow where the gross weight of the towed unit(s) exceeds 4,600 kg
  • Motor vehicles in classes 2, 3, 4 and 5

Does not permit the licence holder to operate

  • Vehicles with air brakes, motorcycles or school buses without an appropriate endorsement(s)

Requirements

MINIMUM AGE - 18 years and not a novice driver
MEDICALLY FIT - See Medical requirements
ROAD TEST - Must take a road test in a Class 1 vehicle
KNOWLEDGE TESTS - Class 1 knowledge tests include: Class 1, 2, 3, 4, Basic and Sign


Licence Class 2

Bus

Permits the licence holder to operate

  • Class 2 vehicles - that is, buses having a seating capacity in excess of 24 passengers, while carrying a passenger or passengers
  • Motor vehicles in classes 3, 4 and 5
  • Class 1 vehicles as a learner with appropriate endorsement

Does not permit the licence holder to operate

  • Vehicles with air brakes, motorcycles or school buses without an appropriate endorsement(s)

Requirements

MINIMUM AGE - 18 years and not a novice driver
MEDICALLY FIT - See Medical requirements
ROAD TEST - Must take a road test in a Class 2 vehicle
KNOWLEDGE TESTS - Class 2 knowledge tests include: Class 2, 3, 4, Basic and Sign


Licence Class 3

Dump truck

Permits the licence holder to operate

  • Class 3 vehicles - that is, trucks with more than two axles, except trucks registered in Class F, and trucks with more than two axles which have a trailer(s) or vehicle(s) in tow, except trucks registered in Class F, where the gross weight of the towed unit(s) does not exceed 4,600 kg
  • Motor vehicles in classes 4 and 5
  • Power units with more than two axles, when not towing a semi trailer
  • Class 1 or 2 vehicles as a learner with appropriate endorsement

Does not permit the licence holder to operate

  • Vehicles with air brakes1, motorcycles or school buses without an appropriate endorsement(s)

Requirements

MINIMUM AGE - 18 years and not a novice driver
MEDICALLY FIT - See Medical requirements
ROAD TEST - Must take a road test in a Class 3 vehicle
KNOWLEDGE TESTS - Class 3 knowledge tests include: Class 3, Class 4, Basic and Sign


Licence Class 4

Ambulance

Permits the licence holder to operate

  • Class 4 vehicles - that is,
    • buses that have a seating capacity of not more than 24 passengers, when transporting passengers
    • vehicles registered in Class PT when transporting not more than 24 passengers for hire
    • vehicles registered in Class PB or PC
      • when transporting not more than 24 passengers for hire; and
      • when not used exclusively to transport passengers with a disability and any attendants to those passengers
    • ambulances when being used for hire
    • motor vehicles in Class 5

Does not permit the licence holder to operate

  • Vehicles with air brakes, motorcycles or school buses without an appropriate endorsement(s)

Requirements

MINIMUM AGE - 18 years and not a novice driver
MEDICALLY FIT - See Medical requirements
ROAD TEST - Must take a road test in a Class 4 or 5 vehicle
KNOWLEDGE TESTS - Class 4 knowledge tests include: Class 4, Basic and Sign


Licence Class 5

Minimum age: 162

Car

Permits the licence holder to operate

  • Class 5 vehicles - that is, cars, vans3, two-axle trucks, two-axle vehicles having a trailer(s) or vehicle(s) in tow where the gross weight of the towed unit(s) does not exceed 4,600 kg, buses when not transporting passengers, three-axle motorhomes, taxis and ambulances when not used for hire
  • School buses when not carrying more than 15 students
  • Law enforcement vehicles when being used for law enforcement purposes
  • Three-wheeled vehicles (e.g., has a steering wheel, automotive seating and floor controls - not a three-wheeled motorcycle)
  • Two-axle power units, when not towing a semi trailer
  • Two-axle farm trucks towing vehicles which have a gross weight that exceeds 4,600 kg
  • Farm trucks with more than two axles
  • Vehicles registered in Class PB or PC when used exclusively to transport, for hire, not more than 24 passengers with a disability and any attendants to these passengers
  • Class 1, 2, 3 or 4 vehicles as a learner with appropriate Endorsement 1, 2, 3 or 4 (minimum age 18 and not a novice driver)

Does not permit the licence holder to operate

  • Vehicles with air brakes1, motorcycles without an appropriate endorsement(s)

Requirements

ROAD TEST - Must hold a Class 7 licence for nine months
Must take a road test in a Class 5 vehicle
KNOWLEDGE TESTS - Class 5 knowledge tests include: Basic and Sign


Licence Class 7

Minimum age: 162 (15 with High School Driver Education)

Car

Permits the licence holder to operate

  • Class 5 vehicles as a learner

Note: Does not permit the licence holder to obtain a motorcycle endorsement or operate three-wheeled vehicles as a learner.

Requirements

KNOWLEDGE TESTS - Class 7 knowledge tests include: Basic and Sign
IDENTIFICATION - You are required to show your full name and date of birth by a birth certificate, passport or immigration documents. You will also be required to provide a signature from a Saskatchewan Health card, passport or a driver's licence from a Canadian jurisdiction or any document acceptable to SGI. Any first-time driver between the ages of 15 and 18 is required to provide a completed Parent/Guardian signature form/Guarantor form available from SGI Driver Development, motor licence issuers or SGI certified driver educators. If your name has changed due to marriage or for other reasons, please bring documentation to support the name change. Be sure to take several pieces of original identification with you (photocopies are not acceptable).

The holder of a Class 7 licence must be supervised. The driving supervisor must:

  • at all times, be capable of assuming operation of the vehicle;
  • hold the equivalent of a Class 5 or greater driver's licence issued by a Canadian or U.S. jurisdiction;
  • have held a valid licence for a minimum of 365 days in the preceding three years (but is not a novice driver); and
  • occupy the seat nearest to the driver and the vehicle controls.

The licence of any 15-year-old person who discontinues the High School Driver Education Program will be cancelled.

Note: The holder of a Class 1 to 5 driver's licence is permitted to operate a snowmobile or ATV. All snowmobile operators born after Jan. 1, 1989, must have taken an approved safety course in addition to holding a Class 1 to 5 driver's licence. The holder of a Class 7 driver's licence is permitted to operate an ATV or snowmobile provided they are accompanied by someone who holds a Class 1 to 5 driver's licence or supervised (within 5 m of and in view of) by someone on another machine that holds a Class 1 to 5 driver's licence.

The holder of a Class 7 or greater licence is permitted to operate a golf cart on a public roadway if the municipality has passed an SGI-approved bylaw permitting its use.

For more information regarding snowmobiles, ATVs and golf carts call SGI's Customer Service Centre at 1-844-TLK-2SGI (1-844-855-2744).

Footnotes

  1. Persons with Class 3 or 5 vehicles (registered farm only) with air brakes are not required to have the air brake endorsement.
  2. Persons under age 18 require parental consent to obtain driving privileges. Once consent has been granted it cannot be withdrawn.
  3. Vans with a seating capacity of 15 or less while carrying passengers. If transporting more than 12 passengers, the driver must be at least 18 years of age and not a novice driver.