New Road Test Model to improve access for Albertans

Alberta is launching a new, more efficient road test system to ensure drivers have timely access to tests while keeping Alberta roads safe.

The most in-demand road tests—those to get a licence to drive a passenger vehicle—will be conducted by private driver examiners trained and licensed by the government, starting in early 2021.

Drivers seeking Class 4, 5 or 6 road tests will be able to book passenger vehicle road tests through registry agents or a new online booking system starting Dec. 1, 2020 for appointments starting Jan. 5, 2021. Information about the new booking system will be made available prior Dec. 1, 2020. Existing appointments will be processed through the current system.

Government has strengthened oversight of the system to ensure all road tests are fair and safe, resulting in competent, safe drivers. All Class 1, 2 and 3 commercial, truck and bus driver road tests will continue to be conducted by government examiners to ensure drivers are meeting the higher standards set by the new Mandatory Entry-Level Training program.

Road test bookings will remain unchanged until the new system rolls out on Dec. 1. Please review the details below or go to the following site for booking information:

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Overview

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.

Drivers taking a passenger vehicle road test will be required to follow the health and safety guidelines established by registry agents.

Drivers seeking a Class 1, 2 or 3 licence to driver a commercial vehicle or bus will be required to follow the Government of Alberta health and safety guidelines found within the COVID-19 Road Tests: Eligibility and procedures (PDF, 77 KB) and sign 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. Additional information on how to book a Class 1, 2 or 3 road test can be found at Upgrade to a commercial 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.

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. Phone ahead to find a local registry office to ensure it is open and confirm whether they provide the service you require.

Driving schools

All driving schools are responsible for determining when they can provide services in a safe manner. For information about operating a business under current health orders visit Alberta Biz Connect.

For more information, visit Alberta's Relaunch Strategy.

Passing your road test

 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

Fees

Road test fees are the same across the province.

Table 1: New road test fee structure

Class of road test Fee
Class 1 $217
Class 2 $167
Class 3 $155
Class 4 $141
Class 5 $83
Class 5 Advanced $138
Class 6 $143
Class 6 Advanced $143

Contact

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)
Phone: 780-427-8230
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]