In Alberta, there are seven different classes of driver licences. These licences allow you to do everything from learn to drive, operate a taxi or drive a commercial vehicle. It takes study and practice to be a safe driver. With the knowledge and skill that comes from education and training, drivers will become more aware of their responsibilities when behind the wheel and the role they play in improving traffic safety. Driving is a privilege!
Alberta Registry Agents
Vehicle registrations, driver licensing and testing are handled through private sector companies known as registry agents and licensed driver examiners. Please refer to local SuperPages under licence and registry services or click on the link below to search online:
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LicensingIn Alberta, there are seven different classes of driver licences. These licences allow you to do everything from learn to drive, operate a taxi or drive a commercial vehicle. Having a licence is your key to driving in Alberta.
An Alberta driver's licence is proof of your privilege to drive. You must carry it with you whenever you drive. For information on how to get your Alberta driver's licence, the Graduated Driver Licensing Program and driver training and examinations, click on the links below.
Road Test Services for All Drivers (pdf 16.9 KB)
Class 5 Road Test for New Drivers (pdf 45.0 KB)
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Reciprocal / Non-Reciprocal Licensing for Out of Country Drivers (pdf 51.68 KB)
Q & A: Reciprocal Licensing for Out of Country Drivers (pdf 43.2 KB)
Graduated Driver Licensing
Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) improves road safety by extending the learning stage for new drivers, regardless of age. New drivers gain more experience and improve their skills under low-risk conditions before graduating to more demanding driving conditions. To become fully licensed, new drivers must show responsible driving behaviours, smooth vehicle handling skills and pass an advanced road test. For more information about GDL, click on the link below
Graduated Driver Licensing (pdf 37.06K)
Questions and answers about the new Advanced Road Test (pdf 40.4 KB)
Advanced Road Test, Approved Locations (pdf 21.91 KB)
A driver begins with zero demerit points and accumulates points on their driving record for convictions relating to moving offences and other driving related issues. If convicted of an offence, the appropriate number of demerit points will automatically be added to your driving record. Collect enough points and you will lose your licence.
Canadian Driver Licensing
By using uniform standards across Canada, a driver licensed in one province is considered licensed in all other provinces.
Class 3 Driver's Licence Holders
Class 3 driver’s licence holders wishing to meet U.S. requirements may provide a Medical Examination for Motor Vehicle Operators to the medical review section of Alberta Transportation, along with a note requesting a medical confirmation letter. The form is also available at any physician’s office or Alberta Registry.
Class 3 driver’s licence holders seeking more information can contact Alberta Transportation at 780-427-8230 (toll-free in Alberta at 111-0000), between 8:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 - 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Recognition of Department of National Defence Driving Credentials
On June 18, 2015, Alberta Transportation signed an agreement with the Department of National Defence (DND) to recognize DND training and testing requirements
Alberta Transportation is working with all five Canadian Forces bases in Alberta (Calgary, Cold Lake, Edmonton, Suffield, Wainwright) on this program.
To participate, members who are active, or have been retired for less than three years, can contact the Road Safety Representative at their current or former base. The Road Safety Representatives have all the military-to-civilian licence class equivalency charts and forms that are required, and will walk each applicant through the procedure. The Road Safety Representative is responsible for verifying and forwarding each applicant’s file to Alberta Transportation.
Once the file is received at Alberta Transportation, it is reviewed and processed. If the applicant is successful, his/her Motor Vehicle file will be updated and an alert placed on it to notify Registry Agencies. Once the applicant’s file is returned via the base’s Road Safety Representative, he/she can proceed to a Registry Agent to obtain an upgraded Alberta driver’s licence without additional testing.