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Graduated Driver’s Licensing in Alberta (The GDL Process)

Rules for new drivers

Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) has changed the way we license new drivers in Alberta. The GDL program ensures new drivers, regardless of age, get the support, skills and experience they need to handle the complex task of driving.

Driver Handbook Guides and road test preparation materials can only be found on Alberta Transportation’s website.

STAGE ONE
LEARNER

To obtain a Learner’s License (Class 7) you must:

  • Be 14 years of age or older
  • Pass a vision test and a knowledge test on the rules of the road.
  • Have parental consent if you are under 18 years of age.
  • Have valid identification.

 

Learner’s Conditions

  • Must hold the Learner’s license (Class 7) for at least 1 year.
  • Must be accompanied by a fully licensed (non-GDL probationary) driver who is 18 years of age or older and who is seated next to the driver.
  • Not permitted to drive from midnight to 5 A.M.
  • Not permitted to have more passengers than seat belts.
  • They will be suspended at 8 demerit points, whereas a fully licensed driver has a 15 demerit point leeway.
  • Have a zero alcohol level.

STAGE TWO
PROBATIONARY

To become a Probationary Driver (Class 5-GDL) you must:

  • Be 16 years of age or older.
  • Have held a Class 7 licence at least one year.
  • Pass the standard Alberta Class 5 road test.

 

Probationary Conditions

  • Must spend a minimum of 2 years as a probationary driver.
  • Not permitted to more passengers than seat belts.
  • They will be suspended at 8 demerit points, whereas a fully licensed driver has a 15 demerit point leeway.
  • Have a zero alcohol level.
  • No upgrading to a commercial licence (Classes 1, 2, 3 or 4).
  • Cannot serve as an accompanying driver to a learner.

 

STAGE THREE
FULL LICENCE

It will take a minimum of 3 years to complete all three stages of Graduated Driver Licensing and 4 years if you get your Learner’s Licence at 14 years of age.

To become a Non-Probationary Driver (Class 5) you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Pass the Advanced Alberta Class 5 road test.
  • Have been suspension free for the last year of the 2-year Probationary Stage

 

Please note: If you apply for a Motorcycle Licence (Class 6) as your next licence after holding the Learner’s Permit for one year, you are subject to the conditions of the Graduated Licensing Program.

  • If learning to drive a motorcycle, you must be 16 years of age and are not permitted to drive during night time hours. Night time for GDL motorcycle riders is defined as from one hour after sunset or 12:00 midnight, whichever is earlier, and extends until one hour before sunrise or 5 A.M., whichever is later.
  • You must be accompanied by a fully licensed (non-GDL probationary) driver who is 18 years of age or older and is either seated on the motorcycle with you or is following you in close proximity in or on another motor vehicle.