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Guide to the Changes to Alberta’s Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) System in April 2023

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Starting April 1, 2023, new drivers in Alberta and those already holding a GDL licence will no longer need to take a second, advanced road test to obtain a full Class 5 or Class 6 driver’s licence. Here’s what you need to know about the changes.

Upcoming Changes

The current Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program requires drivers to pass a basic road test and be on probation for two years before they can take a second, advanced road test to earn their full driver’s licence.

Effective April 1, 2023, rather than taking a second, advanced road test, drivers must simply complete a two-year probationary period to qualify for a Class 5 or Class 6 licence. The basic road test will be extended by 15 minutes and include elements from the now-outdated advanced road test.

What’s the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Program?

Regardless of age, all new drivers are part of the GDL program in Alberta. This program has been in effect for the past 19 years and ensures new drivers get the support, skills and experience they need to handle the complex task of driving. Graduated Driver Licensing improves road safety by creating a safe and controlled environment for all new drivers.

New Rules for the Graduated Driver Licensing Program

According to the new rules, during the last 12 months of the probation period, a GDL driver must have zero suspensions or traffic violations. If a driver receives one or more demerit points or is ticketed for any reason during the 12-month period, the probationary period will be extended by 12 months.

Additionally, drivers now have the option to reduce their probation period by up to six months by completing an approved driver training course, provided they meet all other eligibility requirements.

Drivers over 18 years old, who have held their GDL licence for two or more years and who haven’t had any violations or suspensions within the last 12 consecutive months, will be eligible to automatically exit the GDL program.

If you want to upgrade your driver’s licence or book a road test, Registry @ South Trail Crossing Ltd. in Calgary can help. We offer various driver licensing services on behalf of the government.

Driver’s Licence Services in Calgary

Whether you need to renew, replace or upgrade your driver’s licence, look no further than Registry @ South Trail Crossing Ltd. We’re contracted to the Alberta government and provide accredited driver licensing services. Our fully trained, experienced staff will provide helpful, friendly service. Contact us today to arrange for a road test or licence renewal.


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