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New road test model

A new and more efficient road test system has launched to ensure drivers have timely access to tests while keeping Alberta roads safe.

We strengthened oversight of the system to ensure all road tests are fair and safe, resulting in competent, safe drivers.

As of January 5, 2021, passenger vehicle road tests for Class 4, 5, and 6 are now delivered by private driver examiners through Alberta registry agents.

Class 1, 2 and 3 commercial, truck and bus road tests continue to be conducted by government examiners to ensure drivers are meeting higher standards set by the new Mandatory Entry Level Training program.

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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.

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.

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 using one of 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.

Image of 4 driver's licences with the Motor Vehicle Identification number circled in red

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

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

Fees

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. Providing road tests in the current COVID-19 situation also incurs additional administration costs for the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Commercial road test fees are the same across the province.

Table 1: Commercial Road test fees

Class of road test Fee
Class 1 $217
Class 2 $167
Class 3 $155

Road test fee guide

As of April 21, 2021

Purpose

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, such as PPE for COVID-19 health protocols.

Table 2: Road test fee guide

1 Reflects additional costs for each class of test, in particular the costs related to COVID-19 PPE safety protocols. In some areas of the province, if there is no locally available driver examiner, there could be additional costs that are required to cover operational expenses, such as mileage.
Class of Test Previous Government Fee PPE and Other Costs1
Class 4 $141 +$20
Class 5 Basic $83 +$20
Class 5 Advanced $138 +$20
Class 6/6A $143 +$20

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]

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