The Class 5 Saskatchewan Novice License - 1 & 2

Once you've gotten your SGI Class 7 learners licence, you have the opportunity to begin practicing your driving in Saskatchewan. The next stage of the Saskatchewan graduated drivers license program is to get the Saskatchewan novice license 1, and then the Saskatchewan novice license 2. Both of these novice driver levels involve developing stronger driving skills and the ability to navigate a vehicle in a variety of road situations.

Getting Your Saskatchewan Novice Licences - 5N1

practice driving (9 months) + Driver Education + road test --> Class 5 Novice 1 Licence

Getting Your Saskatchewan Novice Licences - 5N2

Class 5 Novice 1 Licence + 6 months safe driving --> Class 5 Novice 2 Licence

Practice Your Driving Skills for a Saskatchewan Novice License

Our step by step approach to navigating through the two Saskatchewan Novice license stages can help you get licensed a bit faster and easier. Everything you need to know and learn is covered in the six individual sections below, with information on things like license eligibility and what you need to do after you get a Class 5 Saskatchewan Novice license.

Eligibility requirements to get your Class 5 Novice 1 licence:

16 Years Old

You must be at least 16 (with parental/guardian approval) to apply for a Saskatchewan novice license.

Completed Driver Training

All Saskatchewan drivers must complete driver training, either during or after the time they get their Saskatchewan 7L learner licence. For information on how to complete the driver training, either with a certified driving instructor or through a high school driver education program, visit our Saskatchewan learners license section.

9 month's waiting period

Before moving to the Class 5 Novice 1 stage, all SK drivers must drive with their 7L learner licence, probation/interruption free (includes non-renewal, refusal, suspension) for a minimum of 9 months.

Eligibility requirements to get your Class 5 Novice 2 licence:

12 month's waiting period

Between the Novice 1 and Novice 2 stages, you must drive with your Class 5 Novice 1 licence for 12 months, excluding any license probation or suspensions.

Book Your Class 5 Road Test

Study The SK Driver's Handbook

Spend some time refreshing your mind on the road signs and road rules covered in the SK Driver's Handbook. We also recommend testing your driving knowledge with our free SGI written test practice series.

Practice Driving

The 9 months wait period between getting your SK 7L licence and applying for your Saskatchewan Novice license level 1, should be focused on getting as much driving practice as possible. Some key skills you need to be able to demonstrate confidently are:

  • Starting, stopping and turning the vehicle
  • Navigating through traffic while obeying the signs and signals
  • Driving in the proper lanes and driving through both controlled and uncontrolled intersections
  • Parking (straight, reverse and parallel)
  • Identifying/anticipating potential road hazards
  • Exhibiting safe driving techniques, for example, remaining within speed limits etc.

Pre-trip Check

Before the road test can begin, the driving examiner will inspect your vehicle and confirm that it can be used for the road test. Some key things to keep in mind:

  • Familiarize yourself with your vehicle controls before arriving at the test (how to turn on the wipers, emergency flashers etc)
  • Ensure your windshield meets the road test windshield standards
  • Ensure all key components (signal lights, brake lights, horn) are in working order
  • Make sure your vehicle has a valid, mounted license plate, other appropriate documentation and SK vehicle insurance

Class 5 Road Test

Your road test will take approximately 20 minutes, but the timing can be influenced by weather conditions, traffic etc. Remember to stay calm and focus on the driving skills you should have thoroughly practiced. You need to get 9 demerit points or less as per the examiners' checklist in order to pass.

  • Stay within the posted speed limits and don't drive based on the speed other cars are going
  • Be aware of school zones and possible speed limit restrictions
  • Maintain a safe distance from other vehicles
  • Always scan an intersection when driving through even if it's a green light
  • Make a complete stop at all stop signs, show that you're checking for traffic and then slowly pull through the intersection
  • Always check your blind spots when changing lanes for other cars and for pedestrians/cyclists when making a right turn

Post-test Debrief

Once the Class 5 road test is done, you will drive back to the examination center and be told if you passed or failed. The driving examiner will also give you feedback on areas for improvement if needed.

To avoid any last minute scrambles, make sure you read through our test day checklist so you have everything you need to successfully pass the Class 5 road test.

Get A Good Nights Sleep

Being more rested means you will be more alert and able to confidently demonstrate your driving skills during the SK Class 5 road test.

Arrive Early

Even with a pre-scheduled appointment, it's always safer to plan to arrive at least 30 minutes in advance.

Cancelling or Rescheduling

To avoid having to repay for an appointment, make sure you cancel well in advance of your test time otherwise you could lose your pre-booked test fee.

Safe Vehicle + Vehicle Safety Check

To ensure that your vehicle meets the vehicle safety standards, make sure you check all key components beforehand (horn, signals etc). Bring a vehicle in good working order to the test site.

Vision Aids

If you need glasses or contacts to drive, make sure you bring them along.

Applicable Fees

You should have paid your $55 Class 5 road test fee when pre-booking your appointment.

Your Current Licence

Make sure you bring in your Class 7L learner licence with you when going for the Class 5 road test.

Test Re-takes

If for some reason you don't pass the Class 5 road test, you can book another test right away, but you have to wait at least 2 weeks until you can take it again.

Class 5 Novice 1 Licence

Once you've passed your Class 5 road test, you can visit a motor license issuer and validate your licence after paying the $15 "change driver's license class" administrative fee.

Novice 1 - Min Holding Period

You must remain at the Saskatchewan novice license level 1 stage for at least 6 months and remain within the Novice 1 license restrictions.

Class 5 - Novice 2 Licence

After 6 months of safe driving at the Novice 1 level, you will automatically be mailed a Class 5 Novice 2 license and must drive under the specific restrictions.

Novice 2 - Min Holding Period

You must remain at the Class 5 Saskatchewan Novice License 2 stage for 12 months incident free before graduating the Saskatchewan GDL program.

Class 5 - Novice 1 Licence Restrictions:

No Alcohol

You must maintain a blood alcohol level of zero at all times

No Electronic Devices

All handheld devices (phones, tablets etc.) are not allowed while driving.

Passenger Limit

  • Your passengers are limited to the number of working seat belts in the vehicle
  • Only 1 passenger can be a non-family members and all other passengers must be family members
  • Only immediate family members can be passengers between the hours of midnight and 5 am

Class 5 - Novice 2 Licence Restrictions:

Class 5 - Novice 2 level drivers are also prohibited from consuming alcohol while driving and the use of handheld devices. The passenger restriction is slightly different than at the Novice 1 level.

Passenger Limit

  • Your passengers are limited to the number of working seat belts in the vehicle.

Looking For Information On Other SK Car Licence Types?

SK GDL Process

Saskatchewan's GDL process is designed to equip new drivers with strong driving skills for all road and Saskatchewan weather conditions.

SK 7L Licence

The Saskatchewan 7L learner licence allows new drivers to learn SK driving skills while being supervised by another Saskatchewan driver.

SK Class 5 Licence

The Saskatchewan Class 5 license is the final, full, unrestricted passenger vehicle driving license which new drivers obtain at the end of the GDL journey.

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