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:
- 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)
- An administrative test is required
- To reinstate a licence that has been suspended for a period of at least one year. (See note below.)
- To reinstate a licence that has been expired or surrendered for a period of three years or more. (See note below.)
- To determine if a Condition Code may be added to or deleted from a driver’s licence.
Any cases outside of those listed above require Alberta Transportation’s approval. For more information, please contact the Alberta Transportation Client Support Centre at
firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
- Are a resident of the Northwest Territories
- 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
email@example.com 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
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; and
- Have a suspension-free driver’s licence within the last 12 months
- Have successfully passed the knowledge, vision, and medical (if applicable) tests required to schedule a road test for to reclassify to a higher licence class or obtain an additional licence class. 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 manual transmission (minimum 13-speed) tractor-trailer combination with three or more axles. The trailer must be equipped with an air brake system as part of its foundation brakes.
- 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 Class1, 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
Additional Requirements for Class 6 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
- functioning headlights, brake lights and signal lights
- functioning horn and speedometer
- functioning brakes/parking brake
- unobstructed windshield/functioning wipers
- 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 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.
You must have an approved motorcycle helmet (information on approved helmets can be found in Alberta Transportation’s Driver Guides at
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.
- Arrive at the registry agent office or 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 use of a cellular telephone, citizen band ratio or similar device is prohibited during a road test by the client.
- 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.
- 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 comfortably and appropriate for the prevailing weather conditions.
- A driver examiner may cancel the test at any time if they feel unsafe. In such cases, the road test can be rescheduled at a registry agent office at no additional charge.
B. Cancellation Policy
The cancellation policy states:
- If you cancel at least 24 hours before your road test, you will be eligible for a full refund.
- 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.
- 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.
- If you need to reschedule a road test, you must do so at least 24 hours before it is scheduled to occur.
- Road tests may be cancelled on short notice or on site by the driver examiner due to bad weather conditions. If this occurs, you will receive an authorized no-charge road test form to take to a registry agent office to reschedule your road test to another date at no cost.
- 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.
- 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, you will receive an authorized no-charge road test form to take to a registry agent office to reschedule your road test to another date at no cost.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.