Changes due to COVID-19 – Road tests, driving schools and identification
Information for drivers
All Albertans who want to take a driver's road test can now book online as the province continues to open up the economy and access to personal protective equipment (PPE) increases.
Information about the tests and required health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 can be found in COVID-19 Road Tests: Eligibility and procedures (PDF, 77 KB). All drivers will have to follow these procedures, including signing this Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability ("Assumption and Release") for Road Tests During the COVID-19 Pandemic (PDF, 126 KB) in front of the driver examiner.
We are experiencing increased online scheduling requests so drivers are encouraged to check back regularly if they are having problems connecting with us.
Other licence and registry information
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 now be available through encrypted email or fax. Please review Select registry services available remotely for details.
Those wanting to complete a driver’s knowledge test to obtain a Class 7 learner’s licence or other levels of licences can book a test at a registry agent. Some registry agents have voluntarily closed or are operating with reduced hours. Phone ahead to find a local registry office to ensure it is open and confirm whether they provide the service you require remotely.
Expiry dates of the following knowledge test documents have been extended:
- Class 1 to 4: Knowledge test results expiring between March 1, 2020 and September 20, 2020 – 180 days past the original date of expiry
- Class 6: Knowledge test results expiring between March 1, 2020 and September 20, 2020 – 365 days past the original date of expiry
All driving schools are responsible for determining when they can provide services in a safe manner.
For more information, visit Alberta's Relaunch Strategy.
You must pass a road test conducted by a qualified government or licensed driver examiner before you can receive a Class 1-6 driver's licence.
Book your road test
Step 1. Make sure you are eligible
To be able to take the road test, you must meet the eligibility criteria for the requested class of driver's licence.
Step 2. Pay any outstanding fines
All outstanding fines owed to the Government of Alberta must be paid before you can book a road test.
Step 3. Book your road test
You can now book your road test two ways:
You will need your Motor Vehicle Identification (MVID) number to book your road test. This is the 9-digit number found near the barcode of your Alberta driver’s licence.
Passing your road test
You start your road test with 0 points. The more errors you make, the more points you get.
For example, you get points when you:
- don’t show a necessary driving skill, such as not checking mirrors or blind spots
- fail to follow the rules of the road, such as not observing road signs or making an incorrect turn
- complete a manoeuver poorly, such as signalling too soon or too late, or being too aggressive or too hesitant.
Each type of road test has a maximum number of points you can get before you fail.
You will fail if you get:
- 50 points on the Class 1, 2, 3 or 4
- 75 points on the Class 5, 5 Advanced, 6 or 6 Advanced
You can also get an automatic fail or an “F” on your road test if you:
- endanger a pedestrian or another driver
- drive unsafely
- break traffic laws
Road test fees are the same across the province.
Table 1: New road test fee structure
|Class of road test||Old average fee||New standardized fee|
|Class 5 Advanced||$143||$138|
|Class 6 Advanced||$145||$143|
For questions or concerns about your road test, contact:
Alberta Transportation Client Support Centre
Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)