Overview

You must pass a road test conducted by a qualified government driver examiner before you can receive a Class 1-6 driver's licence.

Alberta's new publicly-run driver's road test program includes a number of improvements, including:

  • standardized fees for consumers
  • consistent standards for examiners
  • clear safety expectations for new drivers

Book your road test

To be able to take the road test, you must meet the eligibility criteria for the requested class of driver's licence.

You can now book your road test two ways:

If you booked a road test permit before March 1, 2019 and were not able to take your road test before February 28, 2019, please contact the registry agent where the permit was purchased before August 31, 2019 to receive a full refund, including the service charge.

Fees

Road test fees are now the same across the province.

Table 1: New road test fee structure

Class of road test Old average fee New standardized fee
Class 1 $219 $217
Class 2 $169 $167
Class 3 $157.50 $155
Class 4 $143 $141
Class 5 $89.50 $83
Class 5 Advanced $143 $138
Class 6 $145 $143
Class 6 Advanced $145 $143

Become a driver examiner

We're recruiting qualified, trustworthy and professional driver examiners for full-time permanent positions across Alberta. The competition will remain open until all positions are filled.

To apply, visit the Alberta Public Service jobs page and search for Job ID 1051543 - Driver Examiners.

To learn more about the positions, email dplsemploymentinquiries@gov.ab.ca.

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Why changes were needed

Previously, Alberta was the only jurisdiction in Canada with a fully privatized road test program.

Changes were required to help address issues such as inconsistent fees, poor service and overall lack of integrity that were identified in a 2016 independent report. (PDF, 526 KB)

The new publicly-run program will also:

  • improve access to road tests to communities where they are needed the most with mobile driver examiners
  • increase service standards by recruiting and training more driver examiners for all licence classes
  • improve accountability by creating a client support centre so any issues that arise during testing can be immediately reported to Alberta Transportation

These changes reflect feedback from more than 3,300 key stakeholders and people on returning the road test program to a publicly-run model.

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