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Alberta Road Test Scheduler

COVID-19 Road Test Requirements

Your road test will be in-vehicle with personal protective equipment (PPE). Authorization to proceed with the road test during the pandemic response is conditional on all procedures and public health guidelines being followed.

You must provide the PPE that you are required to use during your road test including:

  • a mask
  • hand sanitizer
  • disinfecting wipes

Note: For road tests, the Chief Medical Officer of Health and OH&S recommended the mask not be homemade or cloth.

Road Test Preliminaries

The driver examiner will greet you and review the road test procedures and the required health and safety protocols, including:

  1. Reviewing and directing the use of PPE.
  2. Verifying your identity
  3. Asking you the COVID-19 health screening questions. This information is collected under section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act for the purpose of pre-screening for this driver examination to protect the health and safety of Albertans during the covid-19 pandemic. The answers will be recorded as part of the road test process.
    1. Are you in isolation by direction from your Alberta Health Services (AHS) 811 health link or the Chief Medical Officer of Health public health order, e.g., return from international travel or close contact of confirmed case?
    2. Do you have the following symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition today, fever, cough, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, sore throat or runny nose?
    3. If you answer “Yes” to either of the questions, the road test will not continue and will be deferred for at least 10 to14 days (dependent on AHS direction).
    4. Questions about the health screening questions can be directed to Sherry Danyluk, Manager, Driver Examination Standards at sherry.danyluk@gov.ab.ca.
  4. Providing you the attached Release of Liability, Waiver and Assumption of Risk Agreement by Road Test Candidate (Release) for signature.
    1. The Release must be signed in the presence of the driver examiner prior to the commencement of the road test.
    2. A road test shall not proceed in the absence of a signed Release.
    3. Note: If the applicant is unwilling to sign the Release, the applicant must contact commercialroadtests@gov.ab.ca with more than 24 hours’ notice from their scheduled road test appointment to advise that they do not want to proceed with the road test. The road test permit will remain valid. The applicant may wait to test when regular road test services resume.

  5. Providing instructions on the road test procedures.
  6. Advising you how to disinfect the vehicle and to use fresh air ventilation as much as possible.
  7. At any point where an automatic disqualification is received, the road test will end and you and the driver examiner will report directly back to the offsite location. You will not have the opportunity to continue on a failed test.
A.    Road Test Scheduling in Alberta

Disclaimer: Eligibility for road tests is evaluated based on your motor vehicle records at the time of scheduling. Any subsequent changes to your motor vehicle file may alter your eligibility to take a road test on the date reserved.

Road Test Requirements

Road tests are scheduled for the following reasons:

  1. Reclassification to a higher or additional licence class (e.g. going from a Class 7 Learner’s licence to a Class 5 Graduated Driver’s License, or going from a Class 5 Licence to a Class 1, 2, 3 or 4 Licence)
  2. An administrative test is required
  3. To reinstate a licence that has been suspended for a period of at least one year. (See note below.)
  4. To reinstate a licence that has been expired or surrendered for a period of three years or more. (See note below.)
  5. To determine if a Condition Code may be added to or deleted from a driver’s licence.
  6. As otherwise determined by legislative authority of the Registrar.

Any cases outside of those listed above require Alberta Transportation’s approval. For more information, please contact the Alberta Transportation Client Support Centre at commercialroadtests@gov.ab.ca or by phone at 780-427-8230 (toll free in Alberta dial 310-0000 first).
It is important to note that you are restricted to taking one road test per licence class, per day unless authorized by Alberta Transportation.

Note: Prior to scheduling a road test, you should contact the Alberta Transportation Client Support Centre at 780-427-8230 if you:

  1. Are a resident of the Northwest Territories
  2. Want to schedule a test to reinstate a suspended, cancelled or expired driver’s licence.

You must read the following the road test disclaimer, and agree to abide by all requirements and cancellation policies before scheduling a road test.

Agreeing to these conditions prior to scheduling a road test affirms that all the outlined requirements will be met at the time of the road test.

At the time of the road test, you must meet the following requirements. If any of the outlined requirements are not met, you will not be eligible to take the road test and the testing fee will not be refunded.

1.    Road Test Eligibility Requirements

At the time of the road test, you must:

  • Have a valid Alberta driver’s license:
    • The current driver’s licence cannot be suspended or cancelled at the time of the road test. For more information, please contact Driver Fitness and Monitoring (DFM) at driver.fitness@gov.ab.ca or by phone at 780-427-8230 (to call toll free in Alberta, dial 310-0000 first).
  • To upgrade to a commercial driver’s licence, a valid non-probationary driver’s licence is required
  • Meet minimum age and other regulatory requirements for the class of licence being sought. The age requirements for each driver’s licence class can be found in the Alberta Driver’s Guides at https://www.alberta.ca/driver-guides.aspx.
  • Have the following to take the test to exit the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program:
    • Have been in the GDL program for a minimum of 2 years;
    • Have a suspension-free driver’s licence for the last 12 months of the GDL program
      • Your time in the GDL program will be extended if your driver’s licence is cancelled, suspended, expired, exchanged for an ID card, or de-classed to a Class 7.
    • Have successfully passed, and must present a valid knowledge, vision, and medical (if applicable) documentation. More information on eligibility requirements can be found at https://www.alberta.ca/get-drivers-licence.aspx.
  • Have successfully passed the Air Brake Program training to take the test for a Class 1 driver’s licence.
    • Prior to taking a road test in a vehicle equipped with an air brake system, you must provide proof of the Air Brake (Q) Endorsement or a “Notice of Air Brake Program Completion” form from a licensed air brake driver training organization.
  • Not be impaired by drugs, alcohol or fatigue.

2.    Road Test Vehicle Requirements

Prior to a road test, you are responsible for:

  • Providing the appropriate class of vehicle for the type of scheduled road test.
    • Class 1: a tractor-trailer with gross vehicle weight of at least 11,794 kg and a:
      • 13-speed manual transmission
      • full-air brake system on both tractor and trailer
      • minimum tandem axle tractor and a tandem axle trailer
      • fifth wheel coupling device
      • single trailer with a minimum length of 48 feet and a minimum distance of 35 feet measured from the kingpin to the centre of each rear axle
    • Class 2: a bus with a seating capacity of more than 24 passengers, excluding the driver.
    • Class 3: a single motor vehicle that has three or more axles. Three-axle recreational vehicles may not be used.

      Note: If you are applying for a Class 1, Class 2 or Class 3 commercial licence, you will be required to conduct a pre-trip inspection, in addition to the road test.

    • Class 4: a Class 5 vehicle, or a bus with a seating capacity of 24 passengers or less, excluding the driver.
    • Class 5 GDL/5: a Class 5 vehicle with only two axles.
    • Class 6 GDL/6: a motorcycle.

More information on the vehicles required for each road test can be found in Alberta Transportation’s Driver Guides at https://www.alberta.ca/driver-guides.aspx.

  • Car-sharing company vehicles (POGO or Car2Go for example) cannot be used to conduct road tests.
  • The vehicle must be in working condition, mechanically sound, and must have the following:
    • a valid licence plate, registration and proof of insurance in the form of a Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance Card (sometimes referred to as a ‘Pink Card’)
    • valid original certificate of registration is required for Class 5, 5A and 6 road tests. Copies are acceptable for Class 1, 2, 3 and 4 road tests.
    • functioning headlights, brake lights (including high-mount brake light(s) if equipped) and signal lights
    • functioning horn and speedometer
    • functioning brakes/parking brake
    • unobstructed windshield/functioning wipers
    • windshield, front driver and passenger windows free of tint
    • tires in good condition
    • functioning vehicle seats/ seatbelts
    • exhaust system/muffler
    • functioning vehicle controls
    • unobstructed mirrors
    • enough fuel in the vehicle to complete the road test

  • The vehicle must have a clean, uncluttered passenger seat for the examiner to sit in while performing the road test examination.
  • There are laws governing the transport of alcohol and cannabis. Any such substances that may be in the car must be stored as per legal requirements.

Additional Requirements for Class 6 road tests
  • You must have an approved motorcycle helmet (information on approved helmets can be found in Alberta Transportation’s Driver Guides at https://www.alberta.ca/driver-guides.aspx.
    • If you are a bona fide member of the Sikh religion, please see Section 107 of the Vehicle Equipment Regulation (AR122/2009) under the Traffic Safety Act for the helmet exemption.
  • You must arrive to the scheduled road test with a fully charged cell-phone and earbuds equipped with an embedded microphone to allow for communication between the testee and the driver examiner.
    • It is the client’s responsibility to provide a cell phone and earbuds. If you do not have this equipment, the road test cannot take place. You will lose the entire road test fee and be responsible for rescheduling and paying for a new road test.

3.    Verification Requirements
Prior to the road test, you must:
  • Have a valid driver’s licence with photograph to present to the driver examiner. In the case of a lost driver’s licence, you may provide a temporary licence and an additional piece of valid government-issued photo identification. You are not eligible for a road test if you do not have valid identification.
  • Present an electronic or hardcopy of your road test confirmation notice to the driver examiner.
  • For a Class 4, 5 or 6 road test, you should arrive at the location at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled road test time to have your eligibility confirmed and be checked-in. Late arrivals will not be permitted to take their road tests and will forfeit the testing fees.
  • For a Class 1, 2 or 3 road test, you must go to any location to have your eligibility confirmed and be checked-in. This can be done up to 72 hours prior to the scheduled road test time.
    • If you do not check-in, you may not be allowed to take the road test and your testing fee will not be refunded.
    • Once checked-in, you must arrive at the designated road test location at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled road test time. Late arrivals will not be permitted to take their road tests and will forfeit the testing fees.

4.    Road Test Guidelines
  • The driver, vehicle and all associated documentation must be compliant with the parameters set out in Alberta Legislation
    • Alberta Legislation, including the Alberta Traffic Safety Act and its Regulations may viewed at www.qp.alberta.ca/
  • The use of a cellular telephone, citizen band ratio or similar device is prohibited during a road test by the client. The only exception is use of a cell phone as directed by an Examiner when conducting a Class 6 road test.
  • Recording of road tests by any means is prohibited except by commercial entities that use video recording on their vehicles are part of a risk management program. Any videos captured during testing will not be reviewed as part of a road test result dispute.
  • All forms of distraction such as eating, texting, personal grooming, etc. is prohibited during a road test.
  • Passengers or pets are prohibited from riding along during the road test. Interpreters can only be involved prior to the commencement of the test (for pre-drive instructions) and during the summary at the end of the road test.
    • Exceptions:
      • A correctional officer may accompany an inmate being tested.
      • Alberta Transportation staff may accompany the examiner during a road test for training and/or monitoring purposes.
  • Consider wearing clothing that is practical for driving and comfort and appropriate for the prevailing weather conditions.
  • It is recommended that if you are taking a commercial Class 1, 2 or 3 road test that you wear steel toed footwear and a reflective safety vest.
  • A driver examiner may cancel the test at any time if they feel unsafe.

B.    Cancellation Policy

The cancellation policy states:

  1. If you cancel at least 24 hours before your road test, you will be eligible for a full refund.
  2. If you cancel less than 24 hours before your road test, you will lose the entire road test fee. You will also be responsible for rescheduling and paying for a new road test.
  3. If you fail to show up for the road test, you will lose the entire road test fee. You will also be responsible for rescheduling and paying for a new road test.
  4. If you need to reschedule a road test, you must do so at least 24 hours before your road test.
  5. Road tests may be cancelled on short notice or on site by the driver examiner due to bad weather conditions. If this occurs, the Road Test Permit you purchased will still be valid and can be used to reschedule your road test online through the Alberta Road Test Scheduler or in-person at an Alberta registry agent.
  6. Driver examiners can refuse the vehicle you bring to do your road test in if it is not safe or legal. If this occurs, you will lose the entire road test fee. You will be responsible for rescheduling and paying for a new road test.
  7. Driver examiners can cancel the road test if they feel that you are unsafe to drive due to a physical or cognitive impairment or suspect that you are impaired by alcohol or drugs. If this occurs, the Road Test Permit you purchased will still be valid and can be used to reschedule your road test online through the Alberta Road Test Scheduler or in-person at an Alberta registry agent.

To cancel your appointment, you will need your Road Test Permit Number, Motor Vehicle Identification Number (MVID) and your date of birth.

Refunds

Refunds must be approved by Alberta Transportation.

  • Approved refunds will be processed within five business days.
  • If you purchased your road test online, the refund will appear on your original form of payment. You will receive email confirmation of your refund.
  • If you purchased your road test in-person at a Registry Agent Office, a refund cheque will be mailed.

Alberta Transportation is not liable for costs incurred, including, but not limited to, vehicle rentals and loss of wages.

Contact

If you require further information or clarification, please contact the Alberta Transportation Client Support Centre at 780-427-8230 (to call toll free in Alberta, dial 310-0000 first) or email commercialroadtests@gov.ab.ca. The Client Support Centre is open from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. The Alberta Transportation Client Support Centre is not open on weekends and statutory holidays.