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Graduated Licencing

The Graduated Licencing program in Alberta differs from other areas in many ways, especially if you are used to licencing programs from other provinces and territories.

The following article will go through each step of the graduated licencing program geared towards producing safer drivers in Alberta. Although strict, it allows time for the necessary skills and support to be developed while honing your driving skills.

The current Alberta graduated licensing program took effect on May 20th, 2003.
Alberta's graduated licensing program is also known as the "GDL Program".

THE GRADUATED LICENCING (GDL) PROGRAM

The graduated licencing (GDL) program has 3 phases:

GRADUATED LICENCING - PHASE 1 - Class 7 Knowledge Test
To start the graduated licencing program you must be at least 14 years of age.
To take your class 7 knowledge test, go to your local registry.
Don't forget to bring your ID. (Passports, birth certificates, etc.) If you are unsure of the ID

you plan to bring, contact the registry first before heading there. You will be given 30 multiple choice questions. You must get at least 25 questions correct in order to pass the knowledge test. To study for this test, you can pick up a graduated licensing basic driver's handbook from the registry or download it here.

Note: If you are under the age of 18 and starting the graduated licencing program for the first time, you must bring a parent or guardian to the registry at the time you take your class 7 knowledge test. Make sure your parent or guardian brings their own government photo ID.

GRADUATED LICENCING - PHASE 2 - Class 5 Basic Road Test (GDL Entry)
The graduated licencing program requires that you take two separate road tests.
You must also be at least 16 years of age to be eligible to begin phase 2 of the graduated licensing program. To be eligible to continue, you must hold a class 7 learner's licence for at least 12 months.
The driver examiner will be evaluating if you have applied theories and concepts from the graduated licencing basic driver's handbook into practice. You can provide the testing vehicle yourself, or you can reserve a rental vehicle for the duration of your scheduled road test.
You can book your class 5 basic road test online using the form on the left. The class 5 basic road test will take approximately 30 minutes.

Once passed, you will have a Class 5 basic license with restrictions you must follow.
For a list of these restrictions click here.

GRADUATED LICENCING - PHASE 3 - Class 5 Advanced Road Test (GDL Exit)
To be eligible for the graduated licencing class 5 advanced road test (also known as the GDL exit road test) you must hold a GDL licence for at least 24 consecutive months. Any interruptions in your license will restart this timeline. The class 5 advanced road test will take approximately 1 hour to complete. You and the driver examiner will take another drive together. This time, the driver examiner will be evaluating you on more complex driving skills such as parallel/hill parking and entering and exiting high speed road ways.
You can rent a vehicle for your class 5 advanced road test or you can provide your own. You can book your class 5 advanced road test (GDL Exit Road Test) online using the form on the left.

Once you pass your class 5 advanced road test you will become a fully licenced driver and will have completed the graduated licencing program in Alberta.

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