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.

Starting on January 5, 2021, passenger vehicle road tests (Class 4 to 6) will be delivered by private driver examiners through Alberta registry agents. Registry agents will start booking these passenger vehicle road test appointments on December 1, 2020 for appointments in January 2021.

Book a passenger vehicle road test (Class 4 to 6) in 2021.

Passenger vehicle road tests (Class 4 to 6) taking place for the remainder of 2020 will continue to be booked and delivered by Alberta Transportation.

Book or manage a passenger vehicle road test appointment in 2020.

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 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.

Commercial vehicle road tests (Class 1 to 3) are delivered by Alberta Transportation.

Book or manage a commercial vehicle road test appointment.

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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 to 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

Book your road test the following 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.

A driver’s knowledge test to obtain a Class 7 learner’s licence or other levels of licences can be booked 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:

  • more than 50 points on the Class 1, 2, 3 or 4
  • more than 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: 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]