How to get an Alberta Driver's Licence
** The Alberta government recently announced that the GDL program in Alberta will change in 2023. For more information on the coming changes, click here. **
Stage 1: Class 7 Learner’s Licence
To get your class 7 learner's licence, you must:
A Class 7 learner’s licence allows you to drive:
Steps to get your class 7 learner’s licence:
Stage 2: Class 5 Graduated Driver’s Licence (GDL)
To get a probationary Class 5-Graduated Driver’s Licence (GDL) you must:
A Class 5 licence allows you to drive the following motor vehicles:
You must drive for 2 years with a Class 5 Graduated Driver's Licence (GDL) with no suspensions for the last year to be able to upgrade to a full Class 5 driver's licence.
While driving with a Class 5-GDL licence, the following rules apply:
Steps to get your class 5-GDL licence:
Stage 3: Class 5 Full Licence (Non-GDL)
Starting April 1, 2023:
Drivers are no longer required to take the advanced road test to exit the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program.
All drivers who meet the following criteria are eligible to exit the GDL program:
Drivers who have an urgent need to exit the GDL program right away (example: need a non-GDL licence for a job) and think they are eligible based on the GDL exit criteria can come in-person to our registry office to confirm their eligibility. If the driver is eligible to exit the GDL program, they will exchange the driver’s GDL licence for a non-GDL driver’s licence free of charge. (Prior to June 25, 2023)
If a driver is not yet eligible to exit the GDL program, they will remain in the GDL program, subject to the restrictions on their driver’s licence, until they meet the eligibility criteria.
An IT system change will be implemented on June 25, 2023. This technology will automatically review a GDL driver file to determine if the driver is eligible to exit the GDL program. If they are, the system will automatically exit the driver from the GDL program and notify the driver that they now have full non-GDL status. These drivers will receive a letter from the Government of Alberta in July 2023 indicating they have exited the GDL program.
All restrictions on a driver’s GDL licence will remain in place until the driver has:
To get a Class 5 Full (non-GDL) driver’s licence you must: