Get a driver's licence

How to get a learner’s, probationary or full licence, and how to upgrade to a commercial licence.

Services and information

How to get licensed and the types of licences needed to legally drive different vehicles in Alberta.

Before getting any class of licence in Alberta, you will need to take a driver’s knowledge test.

Before getting any class of licence in Alberta, you will need to take a road test.

A Class 7 licence allows you to drive a Class 5 vehicle, such as a car, under supervision and operate a moped.

A Class 5 driver’s licence allows you to drive most cars, trucks or vans by yourself.

A Class 6 licence allows you to drive a motorcycle or moped by yourself.

Get a Class 1, 2, 3 or 4 driver’s licence to operate commercial vehicles, such as a bus, taxi or ambulance.

Exchange your driver’s licence from another jurisdiction for an Alberta licence, or get an international driving permit.

Identification and documentation you will need if you are applying for a driver’s licence or Alberta ID card.

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 self-isolating and practicing social 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.

Introduction

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

Find out about the steps to getting licensed, and the types of licences needed to legally drive different vehicles in Alberta.