International students are exempt from having a Saskatchewan Driver’s license in Saskatchewan if you meet the following criteria:
- you are a non-resident temporarily in Saskatchewan for the purpose of attending an educational institution and registered full-time, (during scheduled breaks you can continue to drive as long as your study permit remains valid)and;
- you hold a valid study permit and;
- you carry a valid driver’s license from your home country and;
- you are driving the class of vehicle the license authorizes you to drive (i.e. Class 5 driver’s license may only operate a Class 5 vehicle.)
A spouse of a student can also drive in Saskatchewan during the time their spouse is registered and attending an educational institution.
An international driving permit (obtained in your home country) is not required, but is strongly recommended for any foreign license that is not written in English or French. When driving, have your valid home country license with you or have your international driving permit with you.
Please read more information about these exemptions.
Driver's License Translation
A license in a language other than English or French should be translated. If stopped by a police and to avoid a possible fine, an officer must be able to read the information on your license. Translation services are offered for a fee at the Saskatoon Open Door Society:
How to Get a Saskatchewan Driver's License
Driving in Saskatchewan is regulated by Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI). Saskatchewan has a Graduated Driver’s Licensing program; this means you are classed as a novice driver for a minimum of 18 months after attaining your full-privilege (class 5) license.
Apply at SGI:
Driver Examination Office
623 2nd Ave. North in Saskatoon
Telephone: (306) 683-2320
It is very important that you have spent some time learning about the “rules of the road” in Canada before you start driving. You can learn about this by reading the Saskatchewan Driver's Handbook.
For instance, Canada has very strict rules when it comes to drinking, drugs and driving. These rules also do vary from province to province so make yourself aware of the rules of the road before driving in and outside of Saskatchewan.