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Reinstatement of driving privileges
Early reinstatement of driving privileges before you get your full licence back can be in the form of a special restricted driver's licence such as the ignition interlock and Highway Traffic Board special restricted driver’s licenses.
These options are issued on the provision that you do not drink and drive.
Ignition interlock restricted driver's licence
An ignition interlock special restricted driver's licence allows you to operate only vehicles equipped with an ignition interlock device.
The ignition interlock restricted licence is mandatory for the following situations:
- Your conviction was for impaired driving, driving while over .08 blood alcohol content (BAC) or failing to comply with a demand.
- You received a 3rd roadside suspension within the last 5 years.
Note: If you received your first 2 roadside licence suspensions as a new driver, those count towards the number of offences as an experienced driver.
You are eligible for an ignition interlock device if:
- You have completed the required education program.
- Your conviction is alcohol/drug related (e.g., administrative roadside licence suspension, Criminal Code suspension for exceeding .08 BAC, impaired driving, and fail to comply with demand).
- You have completed the mandatory suspension term prior to installing the device.
For more information on eligibility and program duration, visit the Ignition Interlock Program page.
The device must remain in the vehicle until the ignition interlock suspension period ends. You cannot wait out your suspension period. For more information check out the Ignition Interlock Program or Steps to install ignition interlock.
Special restricted driver's licence
A special restricted driver's licence limits when and where you can drive. You may be granted the licence if you demonstrate that:
- the licence suspension would cause you exceptional hardship
- allowing for a restricted licence would not be contrary to public interest
You're eligible to apply to the Highway Traffic Board for a special restricted licence if the following applies to you:
- Your conviction is non-alcohol/drug related and you have served the entire court-ordered prohibition period and completed the required impaired driving education program.
- You have completed the required impaired driving education program and the mandatory ignition interlock term and must serve the provincial suspension. (This only applies to alcohol and drug-related convictions.)
If you were convicted before June 27, 2014, your restricted driving privileges expire once you've completed half of your provincial suspension. At that time, you're eligible for a provisional licence.
If you are convicted after June 27, 2014, you will not be eligible for a provisional driver's licence and must keep the restricted licence until you are eligible for a full driver's licence.
Apply for a special restricted licence
Steps to apply are as follows:
Step 1: SGI will send you a letter that includes your special restricted licence eligibility date.
Step 2: Purchase a $175 special restricted licence receipt at any motor licence issuer.
Step 3: The receipt will let you know where to find the special restricted licence application form. Your receipt and application form can be sent by any of the following methods:
- Fax to 306-775-6618
- Email to email@example.com
Highway Traffic Board
1621A McDonald St.
Regina, SK S4N 5R2
Step 4: Contact the Highway Traffic Board within 30 days of purchasing your receipt and submitting your application form to set up a hearing date and time.
Step 5: After your hearing, the Highway Traffic Board will contact you and let you know if you were successful or not via mail. If you're successful, you must visit any SGI motor licence issuer to purchase a driver's licence or a reprint of your driver's licence that contains the special restrictions. If you're unsuccessful your licence will remain suspended until you are eligible for a full driver's licence.
A provisional licence grants you full driving privileges until the end of your original provincial suspension. This type of driver’s licence only applies to drivers who were convicted before June 27, 2014.
As long as no other suspensions exist, you're eligible for a provisional licence if you have:
- served the entire court-ordered prohibition period
- served half of your provincial licence suspension
- completed the required impaired driving education program
Full driving privileges are reinstated after the provisional driver's licence period or after the expiration of the suspension period and completion of the required impaired driving education program.