Driver's Licence

Get a driver's licence

You need to pass some tests to get an Alberta driver’s licence.

To get a Class 5-GDL licence

Before you can get a class 5-GDL licence, you must first:

  • pass a Class 7 knowledge test and hold a Class 7 learners driver's licence and
  • gain a minimum of 1 year driving experience

You’ll then be able to apply for a Class 5-GDL licence.

To get your Class 5-GDL licence, you’ll need to pass all of the following:

  • a vision test at a registry agent’s office
  • a basic road test

The registry agent may ask for a medical report from your doctor.

The cost of the knowledge test and road test are set by the registry agent, and can vary by location.

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

Maximum charge for a first licence card (not including GST):

  • 1 year: $21
  • 2 years: $37
  • 3 years: $53
  • 4 years: $69
  • 5 years: $84

Getting your driver’s licence card

If you pass the knowledge and road tests, you’ll be able to get your first driver’s licence card from a registry agent.

1. Pass a driver knowledge test

This tests your knowledge of Alberta’s traffic laws. The following guidelines apply:

  • you must take the test at a registry agent office
  • the test is 30 multiple choice questions and you must score a minimum of 25 to pass
  • test stations have audio-assistant devices that read the questions and choices of answers to you
  • if you’re an ESL student and only need minimal help, you can use an English conversion dictionary
  • if your language is not in the list below, you can use an approved translator
  • class 1, 2, 3, 4, and air brake knowledge tests can only be taken in English
  • you can only take 1 test per day

You can study online operator's handbooks and practice class 7 knowledge tests to prepare for your exam.

Languages

The test is available in 10 languages:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • English
  • Farsi
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog 
  • Vietnamese

2. Gain driving experience

You’ll need a minimum of 1 year driving experience before getting your Class 5-GDL licence.

3. Pass a basic road test

This tests how well you can drive a vehicle, and is graded by an instructor. If you pass your road test, you can then get a driver’s licence. You must schedule your road test through a registry agent.

Registry agents have a road test information sheet that lets you know what you need, including:

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

4. Get a full class 5 driver's licence

  1. pass a Class 7 knowledge test and hold a Class 7 (learners) driver's licence
  2. gain at least 1 year driving experience
  3. pass a basic road test and get a Class 5 GDL driver's licence
  4. gain at least 2 years driving experience (not including suspended time)
  5. pass an advanced road test and be issued a full Class 5 driver's licence

5. Upgrade to a professional licence

Professional licences, Classes 1-4

To get a professional Alberta licence, you must first hold a full Class 5 Alberta driver's licence.

You’ll need to complete 1 or more of the following:

  • a vision test at a registry agent’s office
  • a knowledge test at a registry agent’s office
  • a road test
  • a medical report from your doctor.

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

6. Get a Class 6 - Motorcycle & moped

To drive a motorcycle, you must hold a class 6 licence. If you already have a Class 5 driver’s licence, you’ll need to take a Class 6 knowledge and road test. If you do not already hold Class 5, you’ll need to complete all the requirements of Class 7, pass a Class 6 road test, and be placed in the GDL program before you can get a full Class 6 licence.

To drive a moped, you must hold a class 5 licence, you don’t need a class 6 to operate these.

After you apply

  • you’ll be given a temporary licence that’s valid for 30 days or until your driver’s licence card comes in the mail. The card will arrive in 7 – 10 business days
  • when you receive your new driver’s licence card, you must tear apart the temporary driver’s licence
  • if your card has not arrived in 21 days, call the number on the back of your temporary licence
    • you may be asked to go back to the registry agent office to order a no-charge replacement,  and
    • you’ll be issued a new 30-day temporary driver’s licence.
  • if you don’t report a missing card to the Government of Alberta within 60 days of the day you applied, you may be charged for a replacement

Contact this service

780-427-7013, toll free dial 310-0000 first in Alberta

8:15 am - 4:30 pm, Mon - Fri. Closed statutory holidays.

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Registry Agent Product Catalogue (PDF, 26 pages).

Road Test Locations in Alberta (PDF, 4 pages)