New Road Test Model to improve access for Albertans

Alberta is launching a new, more efficient road test system to ensure drivers have timely access to tests while keeping Alberta roads safe.

The most in-demand road tests—those to get a licence to drive a passenger vehicle—will be conducted by private driver examiners trained and licensed by the government, starting in early 2021.

Drivers seeking Class 4, 5 or 6 road tests will be able to book passenger vehicle road tests through registry agents or a new online booking system starting Dec. 1, 2020 for appointments starting Jan. 5, 2021. Information about the new booking system will be made available prior Dec. 1, 2020. Existing appointments will be processed through the current system.

Government has strengthened oversight of the system to ensure all road tests are fair and safe, resulting in competent, safe drivers. All Class 1, 2 and 3 commercial, truck and bus driver road tests will continue to be conducted by government examiners to ensure drivers are meeting the higher standards set by the new Mandatory Entry-Level Training program.

Road test bookings will remain unchanged until the new system rolls out on Dec. 1. Please review the details below or go to the following site for booking information:

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Overview

There are 4 classes of commercial driver’s licences in Alberta, and each one allows you to drive different types of vehicles.

Class Allows you to drive
1 – Commercial
  • any motor vehicle other than a motorcycle
  • Class 6 vehicles as a learner only
2 – Commercial
(bus)
  • any motor vehicle that the holder of a Class 3, 4 or 5 driver’s licence is allowed to drive
  • a bus
  • a Class 1 or 6 vehicles as a learner only
3 – Commercial
(3 axles or more)
  • any motor vehicle that the holder of a Class 5 licence may drive
  • a single motor vehicle with 3 or more axles
  • a motor vehicle with 3 or more axles that is towing a trailer with one or more axles (if the trailer is not equipped with airbrakes)
  • a Class 1, 2, 4 or 6 vehicles as a learner only

However, you cannot drive a vehicle that:

  • can seat more than 15 people including the driver
  • transports passengers for hire
4 – Commercial
(taxi, ambulance)
  • a taxi, ambulance or bus (including a school or kindergarten bus) that seats fewer than 25 people including the driver
  • all motor vehicles included under Class 5
  • a Class 1, 2, 3 or 6 vehicles as a learner only

To upgrade to a commercial driver’s licence, you’ll need:

  • photo ID

Visit the ID requirements page to find out what types of documents you need.

For Class 3 and Class 4, it is recommended, though not mandatory, to take a driver's education course before upgrading to a commercial driver's licence.

Eligibility

To upgrade to a commercial licence you must:

  • have a full Class 5 driver’s licence
  • be a least 18 years old

Effective March 1, 2019, all new Class 1 and 2 commercial drivers must successfully complete Mandatory Entry-Level Training.

Effective March 1, 2019, driver’s licence requirements for school bus drivers have changed. See the School Bus Driver Improvement Program for more information.

How to upgrade

Step 1. Take a knowledge test

Go to a registry agent and take a driver's knowledge test. You will need to pay a $17 fee to take the test. You can only take one attempt per day.

You will need to bring acceptable ID.

To drive a vehicle with air brakes, you must pass an air brake knowledge test. For more information, check the Air Brake Program.

Step 2. Pass a vision test

A registry agent will test your vision to see if your vision is good enough to drive.

A completed Driver's Medical Report Form will be required for class 1, 2 and 4 licences.

Step 3. Pass a road test

Schedule a road test through a registry agent or online through the Alberta Road Test Scheduler.

Review the road test eligibility requirements, including:

  • eligibility
  • vehicle requirements
  • required documents
  • fees and cancellation/no-show policies

Step 4. Purchase your licence card

If you successfully pass the knowledge test, road test and vision test, and are medically approved you will be able to upgrade to a commercial class driver’s licence.

You will be given a temporary licence that’s valid for 30 days or until your licence card comes in the mail.

Your licence card should arrive in 7 to 10 business days. If it hasn’t arrived in 21 days, call the number on the back of your temporary licence and you’ll be given instructions on what to do. Report the missing licence to a registry agent within 60 days of applying, or you may be charged for a replacement.

When you get your licence card, you’ll have to destroy the temporary licence.

Cost

The maximum charges for the tests are outlined in the Registry Agent Product Catalogue.

Exchanging your licence for a commercial class licence

The maximum charges for exchanging your licence card are outlined in the Registry Agent Product Catalogue. You can extend your licence expiry for several years.

Contact

Connect with Motor Vehicles:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-7013
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: mv@gov.ab.ca