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Oct 17, 2018

Learn All About Alberta's Class 5 GDL Drivers License

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A class 5 license in Alberta is the most common among drivers. But it’s actually one of 7 classes of Alberta driver’s license you could have at one time or another.

For the average driver, once you get your class 7 license, the goal is to work your way up to getting a class 5 driver’s license and the driving privileges it offers – being a fully licensed driver.

Whether you’ve just receive your learners permit, are working toward your full class 5 license or you are an experienced driver, this blog will provide you with everything you need to know about the class 5 license in Alberta.

What Is The Class 5 License in Alberta?

The class 5 driver’s license in Alberta is the standard license to operate a car or light truck, motorhome, or moped. There are two types of class 5 license :

  • Class 5 – graduated driver’s license (GDL) – or probationary stage two license.
  • Full class 5 driver’s license.

Alberta Class 5 GDL

The class 5 GDL driver’s license in Alberta gets you one step closer to becoming a fully licensed. Once you complete your class 7 learners’ license, you must drive for 2 years at class 5 GDL status. To get your full class 5 license you must pass the class 5 advanced road test.

To qualify for an Alberta class 5 GDL you must :

  • Be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18, you must get parental consent.
  • Have had the class 7 learners driver’s license for at least one year.
  • Pass a vision test.
  • Pass the standard Alberta road test.
  • Have valid ID, proof you live in Alberta, and proof of residence in Canada.

Class 5 GDL Restrictions

As a probationary driver, you have a number of driving restrictions :

  • You must spend 2 years at this license class.
  • You must have a zero BAC level and no drugs in your system when driving.
  • You are not permitted to upgrade to a commercial license.
  • You are only permitted 8 demerit points before license suspension.
  • No more passengers than seatbelts in the vehicle.
  • You cannot be the accompanying driver to a class 7 driver.

Class 5 Driver’s License In Alberta

To get your Full Class 5 License in Alberta you must pass the advanced road test. You must also be suspension free for the last year of your class 5 GDL license. Fulfilling these conditions will qualify you to become a fully licensed driver.

If you include the learner and probationary license stage, it will take you a minimum of 3 years to get your full class 5 license. It will take 4 years if you get your class 7 when you are 14.

Class 5 License Alberta Rules

There are certain restrictions and rules for class 5 drivers :

  • You cannot operate a motorcycle (You require a class 6 license).
  • You can accumulate up to 15 demerit points in Alberta as a fully licensed driver.
  • You cannot operate a vehicle transporting passengers for hire (commercial driving).
  • You cannot operate a vehicle with a capacity of more than 15 persons.
  • You cannot operate a vehicle with air brakes.

Alberta Driving Test Class 5

To qualify for a class 5 GDL or class 5 non GDL license, you will be required to pass a road test. First you have to pass a basic road test to get your GDL license and then complete an advance road test to qualify for your full class 5 license in Alberta.

Alberta Class 5 Basic Road Test

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Alberta Class 5 GDL Road Test

Passing the basic class 5 GDL road test allows you to move up from your learners to probationary class 5 GDL driver’s license. The test determines driver’s ability to safely handle the vehicle, and judge and execute the rules of the road.

  • The test is approximately 30 minutes.
  • Your vehicle must be in good working condition.
  • You must have a valid license plate and Alberta car insurance.
  • The test will include vehicle handling, lane changes, obeying speed, intersection control, parking, and interacting with other drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians in a safe manner.

Alberta Class 5 Advanced Road Test

How To Get The Class 5 License Alberta

Passing the Alberta advanced road test qualifies you for a full driver’s license. The test determines whether you have the advances driving skills and knowledge to be a safe and effective driver.

  • You need to pass this test to exit the graduated licensing program.
  • The road test is approximately 60 minutes.
  • The test will challenge your ability to navigate busy intersections, highway driving, merging on the highway, and parking.

Alberta Class 5 Driving Tips

Class 5 Advanced Road Test Tips

Here are some great tips to help you prepare for your advanced road test :

  • Wait until you are ready : Too many young drivers attempt to speed through the graduated drivers licensing system to get it done. For many, this often results in failing the advanced test because they are not ready. They don’t have enough hours behind the wheel. Wait until you are fully confident in your abilities to pass the test.
  • Do An Alberta Class 5 Practice Test : There are many practices tests available online. Work through some of them to test your knowledge.
  • Review the Class 5 Knowledge Test Alberta : Refresh your memory on the rules of the road, traffic signs, and other important driving information before your test.
  • Book your test well in advance : Alberta class 5 road test booking allows you to book in advance. Book during a time when you will be able to practice beforehand.
  • Book a session with a driving instructor : As your test date approaches, it’s a good idea to book a session or two with a driving instructor. They can take you through a mock test and assess your driving abilities. They can help you improve upon your weak points and effectively prepare for the test.

How Much Does The Alberta Class 5 Road Test Cost?

The cost for the class 5 road test depends on which test you plan to take:

  • Basic road test : $89.25 (includes permit and GST)
  • Advanced road test : $149.90 (includes permit and GST)

Class 5 Drivers License FAQ

Still have questions about the class 5 driver’s license? Here are some of the most commonly asked questions :

What Steps Are Need To Move From The Class 7 to Class 5 License in Alberta?

To move from learners to probationary driver’s license you will be required to spend at least one year at the class 7 level and pass a basic road test.

What Is A Class 5 License In Alberta?

The class 5 driver’s license is the full driver’s license. It gives you the ability to drive a car and other standard vehicles.

Can I Book The Alberta Class 5 Road Test Online?

Yes. You can book any class 5 road test online through a registry agent.

Are There Class 5 GDL Driving Hours Restrictions?

No. There are no GDL driving hours restrictions for probationary drivers. Drivers with class 7 licenses do have driving hour restrictions.

What Is The Class 5 Driver’s License in Alberta Ontario Equivalent?

The class 5 driver’s license in Alberta is the equivalent of the G driver’s license in Ontario.

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