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Alberta Road Test Information in Calgary

Taking a driving test is an essential step in obtaining a driver’s licence in Alberta. Registry @ South Trail Crossing Ltd. helps people in Calgary book and pass their Alberta road test and gets aspiring drivers like you safely on the road. We’re certified registry agents of the Government of Alberta and authorized to provide the tests on our premises, including knowledge tests for beginners and road tests.

 

We provide timely testing so you can get driving as soon as possible. Contact us today to speak with one of our experts who can guide you every step of the way.

Alberta Road Test Eligibility

To be eligible to take the driving test, you must satisfy the following criteria:

  • You should be at least 16 years of age or 18 for a commercial licence.

  • You must complete the knowledge test before the road test. This requirement applies to Classes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6.

  • You should have no overdue fines.

  • You must meet medical requirements.

  • You must provide proper documentation.

  • You must be suspension free for the last year (only for class 5)

  • All condition codes that appear on your driver’s licence must be met.

  • You must hold a current, valid Alberta learner’s or driver’s licence. The only exception is for suspended Alberta drivers.

Please note that, even if you meet all the aforementioned criteria, your application for a licence might be rejected for the following reasons:

  • Lack of proper documentation, medical conditions, unpaid fines and maintenance enforcement issues

  • You have an out-of-province or out-of-country learner’s or driver’s licence

Class Specific Eligibility

Kindly note that eligibility varies with the type of vehicle you drive and the type of license you desire. The details of this are as follows:

Class 1 (2 hours) / class 1 Code R Removal (90 minutes)
 

  • Must hold a valid Class 5, 4, 3, or 2 driver’s licence and be 18 years of age or older

  • Must provide a valid knowledge test permit and a completed Alberta driver’s medical

  • Must provide a tractor-trailer combination with three or more axles

  • The trailer must be equipped with a pure air brake system on both tractor and trailer

  • Must show proof of air brake “Q” endorsement or a course completion certificate from an approved air brake delivery agent

  • Must have completed the Class 1 MELT (Mandatory Entry Level Training program)

Code R - Class 1 Restricted to Automatic Transmission 

  • Code R is automatic transmission only 

  • To remove this client takes test in vechicle with manual transmission 

  • Code R test client will already hold class 1 licence

Class 2 (2 Hours) 
 

  • Must hold a valid Class 5, 4, or 3 driver’s licence and be 18 years of age or older

  • Must provide a valid knowledge test permit and a completed Alberta driver’s medical

  • Must provide a bus with a seating capacity exceeding 24 passengers, excluding the driver

  • If the vehicle is equipped with air brakes, you must show proof of air brake endorsement “Q”

  • Must have completed the Class 2 MELT program

Class 3 (90 Minutes)

  • Must hold a valid Class 5, or 4 driver’s licence, and be 18 years of age or older

  • Must provide a valid knowledge test permit

  • Must provide a single motor vehicle that has three or more axles (three-axle recreational vehicles may not be used)

  • If the vehicle is equipped with air brakes, you must show proof of air brake endorsement “Q”

Class 4 No Road Test Required 

  • Must hold a valid Class 5 driver’s licence and be 18 years of age or older

  • Must provide a valid enhanced knowledge test and a completed Alberta driver’s medical

Class 5 and 6 – GDL changes

As of April 1, 2023, drivers are no longer required to take the advanced road test to exit the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program. To exit the GDL program, you must meet the following requirements:

 

  • Age 18 or older

  • Suspension- and demerit-free for the last 12 months

  • Completion of 24 months of probationary driving

 

Drivers may be eligible to reduce their 24-month probationary period by up to six months by completing a Class 5 or Class 6 driver training program from a driver training school licensed by Transportation and Economic Corridors.

 

All GDL restrictions remain in place until you meet one of the following criteria:

 

  • Receive a Class 5 or Class 6 licence from a registry agent

  • Receive a letter from the Government of Alberta in July 2023 indicating you have exited the GDL program

How To Prepare for a Class 5 Alberta Road Test

If you want to pass your Class 5 driving test the first time, it’s best to arrive prepared. Here are some tips for passing your driving test in Calgary.

 

  • Know the basics. Review the Alberta Driver’s Guide to ensure you have a thorough understanding of best driving practices and Alberta traffic laws. Review the basics so that you can focus on your driving skills during the test.

 

  • Drive a familiar car. Use the same car for your road test as you did while you were practicing as a learner. You’ll be familiar with how the vehicle handles and it’ll make finding and operating the wipers, hazards and defroster easier.

 

  • Enroll in a driving school. Drivers who enroll in driving schools are much more likely to pass their driving tests the first time. Lessons with experienced driving instructors can give you valuable feedback and help prevent mistakes that can lead to automatic disqualification.

What Can I Expect From My Road Test? 

Before your test begins, your driver examiner will initially create a checklist that will include your name, operator’s licence number, class of licence being tested, testing location, date of the road test, vehicle licence plate number, time test commenced, time test concluded and examiner’s name, number and signature. 

 

The examiner will then ask you to enter your test vehicle and assist him/her in evaluating the vehicle safety features. If your vehicle cannot pass all the listed requirements, you will not be able to take the road test in that vehicle until the deficiencies are corrected. It is important to make sure ahead of time that your vehicle is fully functional otherwise you will have to rebook a test for a later date at an additional fee.

 

While taking the driving test, you will be given clear, concise instructions well in advance for each manoeuvre and activity. The examiner will not try to trick you or ask you to do anything illegal. For each infraction or mistake you make, you’ll be assigned points. Each type of road test has a maximum number of points you can get before you fail.

 

According to the Alberta website, the following actions can result in points:

 

  • You don’t show a necessary driving skill, such as not checking mirrors or blind spots

  • You fail to follow the rules of the road, such as not observing road signs or making an incorrect turn

  • You complete a manoeuvre poorly, such as signalling too soon or too late, being too aggressive or hesitating too long

 

You’ll fail if you get more than 50 points on the Class 1, 2, 3 or 4 road tests and 75 points on the Class 5 or 6 tests. You can also get an automatic fail if you drive unsafely, endanger a pedestrian or another driver or break a traffic law.

Vehicle Requirements for Your Alberta Road Test

The vehicle that you use for the test must be in acceptable working, clean condition. You must meet the following requirements:

  • A valid licence plate, vehicle registration and proof of valid insurance with a Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance Card (the “pink card”) and rental agreement (if you’re using a rental vehicle)

  • Functioning horn

  • Functioning brakes and parking brake

  • Unobstructed windshield and working wipers

  • Vehicle seats, seatbelts and headrests

  • Enough fuel for the road test

  • Functioning speedometer

  • Functioning vehicle controls

  • Tires in acceptable condition

  • Exhaust system and muffler are secure

  • Unobstructed mirrors and windows

  • No after-manufacturer window tint

  • Functioning headlights, brake lights and signal lights

If your vehicle fails to meet these safety standards or is too dirty, the examiner can deny the test. 

Plan of Action After Passing the Test

The road test does not take much time and can be completed in 45 to 60 minutes depending on the class of lisence. There may be additional wait time even if you pass the road test because of the paperwork process. Plan your day accordingly and arrive 30 minutes earlier than the scheduled time of the exam. All information will be updated automatically in the system.

In Case You Don't Pass the Test

There is nothing to worry about if you don’t pass the road test, you can try it next time. You can only take one road test per day.

About Knowledge Test Preparation

The knowledge test consists of 30 multiple choice questions based on safe driving practices, driving laws and road signs. It is also known as a driving written test or driving theory test. This test has to be taken by a beginner driver to demonstrate that he has sufficient knowledge of the road and traffic rules that apply to various driving situations before being issued a learner’s license to prepare for a subsequent road test.

One must have at least 25 correct answers out of the 30 to pass the test. The test is conducted at our office Mon - Fri from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. You can get PDF handbooks on:

More information and a Class 7 practice test are available at the Ministry of Transportation website.

 

In order to sit for a knowledge test, you must:

  • You must be 18 years old or above for class 1,2,3,4 / 16 yrs old for class 6, 14 years old for class 7

  • Provide identification proof

  • Provide proof of residency if 18 years of age or older and applying for the first time

  • When the client is less than 18 years of age, consent for a minor or proof of self-sufficiency or marriage, as is applicable, is required when being issued the licence. Consent is not required for a minor to take the test as long as they can provide

    • Valid government issued photo ID​

    • Proof of legal presence 

    • Proof of Alberta residency 

  • Meet all licence class requirements for the class of driver’s license that you are applying for

Book Your Alberta Road Test with a Trusted Registry Office

At Registry @ South Trail Crossing Ltd., we can help with your road test booking and guide you through every step of your driving test. Our office in Calgary is open six days a week to provide you with fast, flexible service. Contact us today to book your Alberta road test.

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