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Driver licensing changes
Starting February 1, 2023 a road test will no longer be required to obtain a Class 4 driver’s licence, which is required to transport passengers in taxis, ride-share vehicles, limousines, small buses and ambulances. Additionally, Class 1 drivers will have the option to take the Class 1 road test in an automatic or a manual transmission truck. Starting in spring 2023, Alberta will no longer require the advanced road test for Class 5 and Class 6 Graduated Driver’s Licences (GDL).
See Changes to driver licensing system for more details.
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.
Ensure your vehicle meets safety standards for road tests (PDF, 205 KB).
Drivers taking a passenger vehicle road test will be required to follow the health and safety guidelines established by registry agents.
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 using one of the following ways:
- Passenger vehicle (Class 4 to 6) road tests are booked through a registry agent. Find a registry agent offering road tests.
- Commercial vehicle (Class 1 to 3) road tests
- in-person at an Alberta registry agent
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.
All driving schools are responsible for determining when they can provide services in a safe manner.
Passing your road test
Each type of road test has a maximum number of points you can get before you fail.
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.
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
Passenger vehicle road tests are now delivered in the private sector by Driver Examiners contracted or employed by Registry Agents.
As of April 1, 2021, Registry Agents have the ability to set the fees they wish to charge for the road tests they deliver.
Registry Agents are also required to publish their fees online.
Commercial road test fees are the same across the province.
Table 1: Commercial Road test fees
|Class of road test||Fee|
Road test fee guide
As of April 21, 2021
This fee guide acts as a resource to support Albertans when they book a passenger vehicle road test. The fees in this guide are not mandatory fees and Registry Agents will determine and set their own fees, based on their individual operations.
This guide in no way restricts what a Registry Agent may charge for passenger vehicle road tests. Each Registry Agent must set their own fees and may choose to charge more or less than the fees presented.
Cost of delivering road tests
The fees in this guide reflect the cost of delivering road tests when tests were delivered by government examiners. These fees included expenses for driver examiner wages, technology investments, and operational costs.
Past road test fees
The following table provides past fees and additional costs involved in delivering passenger vehicle road tests.
Table 2: Road test fee guide
|Class of Test||Previous Government Fee||PPE and Other Costs1|
|Class 5 Basic||$83||+$20|
|Class 5 Advanced||$138||+$20|
For questions or concerns about your road test, contact:
Alberta Transportation and Economic Corridors 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)
Email: [email protected]
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