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

A Class 7 learner’s licence allows you to drive:

  • a moped by yourself
  • a Class 5 or Class 6 vehicle with someone over 18 who has a full Class 5 driver’s licence

Eligibility

A Class 7 learner’s licence allows you to drive a Class 5 or 6 vehicle with someone over 18 who has a full Class 5 driver’s licence or higher. They must sit in the front passenger seat. This licence also allows you to drive a moped.

Restrictions:

  • You cannot drive during the hours between 12:00am and 5:00am
  • You must have 0% alcohol levels when driving at all times
  • You cannot drive with more people than there are seat belts in your vehicle
  • You are allowed 8 demerit points before receiving a suspension of your licence

How to get a Class 7 learner's licence

Step 1. Study and try practice exams

Download a copy of the Driver’s Guide.

You can try practice tests online to see what kinds of questions will be asked on the knowledge test.

Step 2. Take a knowledge test

Go to a registry agent and take a knowledge test. You will need to pay a fee to take the test. You can take the test once a day.

You will need to bring acceptable ID.

Step 3. Purchase your licence card

A registry agent will test your vision to see if your vision is good enough to drive.

If you successfully pass the knowledge test and vision test, you will be able to purchase a Class 7 learner’s 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 in 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.

Contact

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-4088 (Edmonton and area)
Toll free: 1-877-427-4088 (Other areas in Alberta)
Email: mv@gov.ab.ca