To get your motorcycle licence in Saskatchewan, you must first hold a Class 5 licence, or higher. The motorcycle licence process starts with tests on the rules of the road, road signs, and motorcycle knowledge; you must also pass a vision test, and a basic ability road test (or complete an approved motorcycle training course). If you’re under 18 years old, you must also have parental consent.
With this all done, you can get a learner’s licence. You must have this licence for one year, and no more than two years, before progressing to Novice 1 endorsement. This learner’s licence restricts you from riding after dark, you can carry no passengers, you cannot have any amount of alcohol or drugs in your body, and you must wear protective gear — arms and legs must be covered, gloves and boots must be worn, and your helmet must be at least a three-quarters open-face. And, while you ride, you must attach a red placard to your licence plate, indicating you’re a learner.
After holding a learner’s licence for 12 months and passing a road test, you can get your Novice 1. This relaxes the restrictions a bit; now, after-dark riding is only off-limits between 1 AM and 5 AM. There’s still a ban on passengers, and you cannot be under the influence of any alcohol or drugs. You must hold this licence for 12 months as well, and attach a green placard to your licence plate while riding to indicate you are a novice, and wear protective gear.
Then, you can get your Novice 2 licence. Now you can ride all night long, if you please, and ditch the placard from your licence plate. Restrictions on drugs and alcohol are not lifted, though. After 12 months of this, you can get your full Class 6.
Every time you progress from one licencing stage to the next, you will be charged a $500 Graduated Licencing fee. The provincial government’s website says these $1,500 in fees will be waived for riders who complete an SGI-approved training course. It also says there’s a $450 training rebate for motorcyclists who enter the MGDL program after January 1, 2016, complete an approved motorcycle course after January 1, 2016, and graduate from the MGDL program with no licence suspensions or motorcycle traffic convictions, or at-fault collisions. This means it’s very, very smart to keep your nose — or rather, your driving record — clean through this process. More details at SGI’s website here.