Advanced road test announcement

Starting in spring 2023, Alberta will no longer require the advanced road test for Class 5 and Class 6 Graduated Driver’s Licences (GDL). A road test will no longer be mandatory to obtain a Class 4 driver’s licence, which is required to transport passengers in taxis, ride-share vehicles, limousines, small buses and ambulances. For more information, see the news release.

Consumer Investigations Unit warning

The Consumer Investigations Unit is warning Albertans about a website representing itself as a driving test scheduler, operating in Alberta. Exercise caution, conduct research and verify the legitimacy of a website before disclosing any personal information online.

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.

View the News Release:

Licensing stages

In Alberta it takes a minimum of 3 years to get a full, non-GDL Class 5 Driver’s Licence.

Stage 1. Learner (Class 7 Licence)

To get a learner’s driver’s licence you must:

  • be 14 years of age or older
  • have parental or guardian consent if you are under 18 years of age
  • pass a knowledge test
  • pass a vision test

How to get a Class 7 Licence

Stage 2. Probationary (Class 5-GDL Licence)

To get a probationary driver’s licence you must:

  • be 16 years of age or older
  • have parental or guardian consent if you are under 18 years of age
  • have had a Class 7 learner’s licence for at least 12 months
  • pass the basic road test

How to get a Class 5-GDL

Stage 3. Full, non-GDL (Class 5 Licence)

To become a fully-licensed driver you must:

  • drive for 2 years as a Class 5-GDL driver
  • have no licence suspensions during the last 12 months of the probationary stage
  • pass the advanced road test

How to get a Class 5 licence

Optional licence classes

Get a Motorcycle Licence (Class 6)

Upgrade to a Commercial Licence (Classes 1, 2, 3, 4)

For more information

Driver's Guide to Operation, Safety and Licensing: Cars and Light Trucks

Commercial Driver's Guide to Operation, Safety and Licensing: Trucks, Buses, Emergency Responders and Taxis

Rider’s Guide to Operation, Safety and Licensing: Motorcycles, Mopeds and Power-assisted Bicycles

Licence and vehicle types

Alberta’s 7 classes of driver’s licences allow you to drive the following vehicles:

Class 7 – Learner’s Licence

  • moped (by yourself)
  • all Class 5 or Class 6 vehicles (with someone over 18 with a full Class 5 driver’s licence)

Class 5 – Graduated Driver’s Licence (GDL)

  • 2-axle single motor vehicle
  • motorhome without airbrakes unless you hold an air brake certificate
  • tow a trailer with one or more axles if the trailer is not equipped with airbrakes
  • moped, recreational vehicle, or any combination of recreational vehicles and a trailer, if the trailer has 2 axles or less and isn’t equipped with airbrakes

Class 5 – Full Licence, non-GDL

  • 2-axle single motor vehicle
  • motorhome without airbrakes unless you hold an air brake certificate
  • tow a trailer with one or more axles if the trailer is not equipped with airbrakes
  • moped, recreational vehicle, or any combination of recreational vehicles and a trailer, if the trailer has 2 axles or less and isn’t equipped with airbrakes

Class 6 – Motorcycle

  • motorcycle or moped
  • all Class 5 vehicles as a learner

Class 1 – Commercial

  • any motor vehicle other than a motorcycle
  • all class 6 vehicles as a learner

Class 2 – Commercial (bus)

  • any motor vehicle that the holder of a Class 3, 4 or 5 licence is allowed to drive
  • bus
  • Class 1 and 6 vehicles as a learner

Class 3 – Commercial (3 or more axles)

  • any motor vehicle that the holder of a Class 5 licence may drive
  • single motor vehicle with 3 or more axles
  • motor vehicle with 3 or more axles towing a trailer with one or more axles (if the trailer is not equipped with airbrakes)
  • Class 1, 2, 4 or 6 vehicles as a learner

Class 4 – Commercial (taxi, ambulance)

  • taxi, ambulance or bus that seats up to 24 people, excluding the driver
  • all Class 5 vehicles
  • all Class 1, 2, 3 or 6 vehicles as a learner

Driving suspensions

In Alberta, a driver’s licence can be suspended for several reasons.

It is illegal to drive with a licence that has been suspended or disqualified.

Licensed drivers who have a demerit suspension can apply for a Restricted Driver’s Licence. This program helps people who need to drive for employment, health or educational reasons while they are serving a demerit suspension.

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