COVID-19 response

Effective immediately, Alberta Transportation has introduced new, temporary measures, related to driver education and examinations.

Details available on COVID-19 Driver Education and Exams Memo (PDF, 170 KB)

Effective immediately all driver testing across all classes of licences are suspended for a minimum of 4 weeks, until April 18.

To help support Albertans isolating and practicing physical distancing, we are extending expiry dates for Alberta driver’s licences, vehicle registrations and other permits and certificates until May 15, 2020.

For more information, visit COVID-19 info for Albertans.

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.