Changes due to COVID-19

Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy puts safety first while gradually reopening businesses, resuming activities and getting people back to work.  Additional information for businesses with questions about re-opening can be found at Alberta Biz Connect.

Alberta Transportation introduced temporary measures related to driver education and road tests during the COVID-19 response.

The Registrar of Motor Vehicles has extended the expiration of the following driver knowledge test results:

  • Class 1 to 4: Knowledge test results expiring between March 1, 2020 to and Sept. 20, 2020 – 180 day past the original date of expiry
  • Class 6: Knowledge test results expiring between March 1, 2020 to and Sept. 20, 2020 – 365 day past the original date of expiry

Alberta driver’s licences, vehicle registrations, other permits and certificates that expired prior to May 15, 2020 must now be renewed.

Some Alberta registry services are available through encrypted email or fax. Please review this Government of Alberta bulletin for details.

Some registry agents have voluntarily closed or are operating with reduced hours. Please phone ahead to your local registry office to ensure it is open and confirm whether they provide the service you require remotely.

Alberta has extended the suspension of road tests while we develop procedures to safely conduct these exams during the COVID-19 response. Albertans who had a road test cancelled as a result of this suspension of service will be able to rebook online at no additional charge. Alberta Transportation continues to work on a plan that will allow all driving road tests to resume in a safe manner.

If your road test was cancelled by Alberta Transportation and you would like a refund, please email driverexaminations@gov.ab.ca with the following information:

  1. Full name
  2. Date of birth
  3. Motor vehicle identification number 
  4. Road test permit number (if known)

As part of the Government of Alberta’s plan to maintain the supply chain, a limited number of road tests are available.

For more information, visit COVID-19 info for Albertans.

Overview

To drive a motorcycle, you must hold a Class 6 licence.

A Class 6 licence also allows you to drive all Class 5 motor vehicles as a learner.

Eligibility

You must be at least 16-years old and have at minimum a Class 7 learner’s licence for a year.

If you already have a full Class 5 driver’s licence, you’ll need to take a Class 6 knowledge and road test.

If you don’t have a Class 5 or Class 7 licence, you’ll need to complete all the requirements of Class 7, pass a Class 6 knowledge and road test, and be placed in the GDL program before you can get a full Class 6 licence.

If you have a Class 5 or Class 7 licence, you’ll need to take a Class 6 knowledge and road test.

How to get a Class 6 licence

Step 1. Take a knowledge test

Go to a registry agent and take a knowledge test.

You will need to bring your existing driver’s licence (Class 7 or Class 5) to the registry agent.

Step 2. Pass a road test

Schedule a road test through a registry agent or online through the Alberta Road Test Scheduler.

You’ll need to bring your own motorcycle or moped for testing.

Effective March 1, 2019, all road tests will be conducted by Government of Alberta employees.

If you have purchased a road test permit before March 1, 2019 and were not able to take the road test before February 28, 2019, you must contact the registry agent location where you purchased the permit before August 31, 2019 to receive a full refund for the cost of the permit, including the service charge.

Step 3. Purchase your licence card

Once you pass the knowledge and road test you will be able to purchase a Class 6 licence card.

You will be given a temporary licence that’s valid for 30 days or until your licence card comes in the mail.

Your licence card should arrive within 21 business days. If it hasn’t arrived in 21 days, call the number on the back of your temporary licence and you’ll be given instructions on what to do. Report the missing licence to a registry agent within 60 days of applying, or you may be charged for a replacement.

When you get your licence card, you’ll have to destroy the temporary licence.

Step 4. Upgrade to a full Class 6 licence

You will need to drive for 2 years as a Class 6 GDL driver and have no licence suspensions during the last year to qualify for a full Class 6 licence.

Once the 2 year probationary term is up, you can take a Class 6 advanced road test and upgrade to a full Class 6 licence.

Contact

To connect with Motor Vehicles:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-7013
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: mv@gov.ab.ca