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Guide to April 2023 Changes for Class 6 Motorcycle Licences in Alberta

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Starting April 1, 2023, drivers with a GDL Class 6 motorcycle licence in Alberta will no longer have to pass a secondary road test to qualify for a full licence. This change can save motorcyclists over $150. Here’s an overview of what you need to know.

New Rules

As of April 1, 2023, instead of taking a second, advanced road test, drivers who want to upgrade to a full Class 6 licence will only need to complete a two-year probationary period. The basic road test will be extended by 15 minutes and include elements from the now-outdated advanced road test.

What Are the Eligibility Requirements to Obtain a Class 6 Licence?

A Class 6 licence allows you to drive a motorcycle, moped or trike. To obtain a Class 6 licence, you must be at least 16 years old and have, at minimum, a Class 7 learner’s licence for a year. If you already have a full Class 5 driver’s licence, you must take a Class 6 knowledge and road test.

If you don’t have a Class 5 or Class 7 licence, you must complete all the requirements of Class 7, spend one year as a Class 7 driver, then pass a Class 6 knowledge and road test and be placed in the GDL program before you can get a full Class 6 licence.

Updated Information on How to Get a Full Class 6 Licence

You must follow the steps outlined below to obtain a Class 6 licence in Alberta:

  1. Take a knowledge test. You must visit a registry agent and take a knowledge test. The knowledge test costs $17 and consists of 30 questions.

  2. Take a road test. You must always do a class 6 road test to get a class 6 license. If this is the case, you must schedule your road test through a registry agent or online through the Alberta Road Test Scheduler. Contact us to book your road test, which must be completed on your own motorcycle or moped.

  3. Purchase your licence card. Once you pass the knowledge and road tests, you’ll be able to purchase a Class 6 licence card.

  4. Upgrade to the full licence. You must drive for two years as a Class 6 GDL driver, have no licence suspensions and no tickets during the last 12 months to qualify for a full Class 6 licence. Once the two-year probationary term is up, you can upgrade to a full Class 6 licence without taking a secondary road test.

Comprehensive Driver’s Licence Services in Calgary

If you’re thinking about getting your Class 6 licence, Registry @ South Trail Crossing Ltd. can walk you through the process. We provide various driver licensing services on behalf of the Alberta government. You can also book your road test through our registry office. Contact us today in Calgary for more information.


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