Professional Driver's Handbook

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Driver examinations for a Class 1, 2, 3 or 4 driver's licence and school bus or heavy trailer endorsement include:

  • Knowledge exams
  • Vision test
  • Road test
  • Pre-trip inspection

The examination of drivers for an air brake endorsement includes:

  • Knowledge exam
  • A practical demonstration on an air brake equipped vehicle that you provide

Note: If a medical examination is required, the medical must be submitted to SGI and approved before any tests may be started.

Knowledge exams

The knowledge exams are based on the information contained in this manual, the Saskatchewan Driver's Handbook and the Air Brake Manual, along with other practical questions. See the chart below to find out which test papers you will need to pass for the desired class or endorsement. Knowledge exams can only be attempted once per day.

Exam Papers RequiredDriver Class or Endorsement
 Class 1Class 2Class 3Class 4Class 5School BusHeavy TrailerAir Brake
Sign Test - 30 questions 
Basic Class 5 - 20 questions 
Class 1 Test - 15 questions       
Class 2 Test - 15 questions      
Class 3 Test - 10 questions     
Class 4 Test - 10 questions    
Air Brake Test - 18 questions       
Heavy Trailer Test - 20 questions       
School Bus Test - 15 questions       


  • book and pre-pay online at MySGI, or
  • call or visit a motor licence issuer
    • Tests are held at our driver exam offices
    • o Walk-ins are accepted in Regina and Saskatoon Central offices from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday (tests are not available on Saturdays of long weekends) but elsewhere you need to make an appointment

Vision test

The vision test is included as part of your knowledge exam appointment.


  • included with your knowledge exams and held at a driver exam office

Road tests

During the road test, you will be required to drive the vehicle in traffic. You will be judged on your ability to handle the vehicle safely and perform all normal driving tasks correctly, including manoeuvres such as a highway "turn-about" (three-point turn).

If you take a road test for a Class 1, 2 or 3 driver's licence or S Endorsement (bus with a seating capacity over 24 adult passengers) in a vehicle equipped with a standard transmission you must, at one point during the test, demonstrate proper use of the clutch while shifting up and down through all the gears. On 13- or 18-speed transmissions you must split the top range.

You are required to provide the proper class of vehicle for the test. You must be accompanied to the testing site by a driver licensed to drive the class of vehicle being used.


  • pay for your test at a motor licence issuer and call 1-844-TLK-2SGI (1-844-855-2744) to book, or
  • call 1-844-TLK-2SGI (1-844-855-2744) to book and pay by credit card

Note: If you do not cancel your appointment and fail to show up, you will be required to pay for your re-scheduled appointment.

Road tests will be refused if:

  • The vehicle is displaying a dangerous goods placard.
  • You do not possess an appropriate driver's licence.
  • The vehicle is unsafe or not equipped in accordance with legislation - for example: operational signals, horn, speedometer and brake lights; or defective braking system (including air), muffler or windshield wipers (when raining).
  • A current and valid inspection certificate is not in the cab and the unit does not bear a safety inspection decal as required by regulations.
  • The vehicle's passenger compartment is unclean or does not have a standard manufacturer's seat for the examiner.
  • The vehicle is not of the applicable class.
  • Your vision or medical fitness does not meet required standards.
  • The weight of the unit(s) towed behind a truck is under 4,600 kg (10,000 lb.) (heavy trailer tests)


A driver's licence may be restricted when road tests are taken in certain vehicles. For example:

For example: Drivers who are tested for a Class 1, 2 or 3 licence or S Endorsement in a vehicle equipped with an automatic or electronic shift transmission may be restricted to automatic or electronic shift transmission vehicles in those classes.

Other restrictions may apply.

Pre-trip inspections

The pre-trip inspection is commonly known as a circle check (see page 63) and is used to assess your knowledge of the vehicle safety requirements and to check the proper operation and condition of all equipment. You have to name and point out the item or equipment inspected without any assistance.

For a Class 1 pre-trip you will be required to explain to the examiner the procedures for coupling and uncoupling.


  • included with your scheduled road test and held at a driver exam office


Rev: 2017