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Saskatchewan is moving to a five-year, one-piece driver's licence. It will cost $100, the province says. ((Stefani Langenegger/CBC))

Saskatchewan is moving to a five-year, one-piece driver's licence, putting the province in line with much of the rest of the continent.

At present Saskatchewan has a two-part driver's licence: a photo identification card good for five years and a paper insert which is renewed each year.

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2011, drivers will get a plastic five-year card with no paper insert.

It will cost $100, which the government says will provide savings in the long run, since motorists currently pay $25 a year.

People will still be able to pay $25 a year for five years, if they prefer.

The government says it is spending $6 million to develop the new cards, and the change will result in a loss to the treasury of about $3 million a year.