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Oct 24, 2018

Learn All About Alberta's Class 7 Learners Drivers License

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The class 7 license in Alberta is the first of a number of steps to get your full Alberta drivers license. All drivers in Alberta start with a class 7 drivers license before moving up to a class 5 drivers license.

If you are planning on getting your class 7 license or if you are a class 7 licensed driver, this blog post outlines all the information you need about the class 7 driving test, how to get your license, driving restrictions, and common questions about the class 7 drivers license in Alberta.

What Is The Alberta Class 7 Drivers License?

The Alberta class 7 driver’s license is a learner’s license that allows you to operate class 5 vehicles such as cars, SUVs, pickup trucks and other regular vehicles under the supervision of a fully licensed driver. You can operate a moped by yourself.

What Are The Class 7 License Entry Requirements?

To get a class 7 leaners license you must get you parents’ consent (if you are under 18), pass a vision, and knowledge test. Driver education is voluntary but highly recommended.

Must Know Information About The Class 7 Driver’s License In Alberta

As a class 7 driver, you must be familiar with the following class 7 rules, regulations, and restrictions :

What Is The Minimum Age To Get A Class 7 License?

In Alberta, you can get the class 7 learners license when you are 14 years of age. The youngest you can upgrade to a class 5 GDL license is 16.

How Long Do You Have To Drive With An Alberta Class 7 License?

You must hold the class 7 license for a minimum of 12 months. You can renew the class 7 license as many times as you want. It is recommended that you log at least 60 of driving before taking the basic road test.

Who Can Be A Supervisory Driver?

All supervisory drivers much be at least 18 and have a full class 5 non probationary license. They must be seated in passenger seat of the vehicle at all times.

Alberta Class 7 Restrictions

As a new driver, you are subject to a series of driving restrictions :

  • Impaired : 0.0 BAC while driving. No drugs in your system.
  • Night driving : No driving is permitted between midnight and 5am.
  • Passengers : No more passengers than seatbelts in the vehicle.
  • Driver : You cannot act as an accompanying driver.
  • License : You are not permitted to upgrade to a commercial license.
  • Demerits : You driver’s license will be suspended if you accumulate 8 demerit points (not the normal 15).

Fines And Suspensions If You Violate The Class 7 Driver’s License Restrictions

Violating the above driving restrictions will result in fines, suspensions, and demerit points in Alberta :

  • Violate BAC/ impaired restriction : Immediate 30 day suspension and 7 day vehicle seizure.
  • Violate night driving restriction : 2 demerit points and a fine up to $115.
  • Violate passenger restriction : 2 demerit points and a $115 fine.
  • Violate supervisory driver restriction : 2 demerit points and a fine up to $230.

If you accumulate a number of demerit points you can take a defensive driving course to get 3 demerit point reduction.

How To Get A Class 7 Learners License – Pass The Alberta Driving Test Class 7

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The class 7 Alberta test to get your learners license is the first step of the graduated drivers license program (GDL). Here are the steps involved with getting your class 7 license :

Get The Alberta Class 7 Book To Learn The Rules Of The Road

The first step toward getting your class 7 license is to get a copy of the Alberta Drivers Handbook. All questions in your knowledge test are taken directly from the class 7 handbook so make sure you read it a few times. You can download a copy of the Alberta class 7 drivers handbook on the Alberta Transportation website.

Take The Alberta Class 7 Practice Test

Before taking the knowledge test, it’s a good idea to take a practice test or two to test your knowledge. There are a number of free online Alberta class 7 practice tests you can take. Try a few to test your preparedness.

Once you think you are ready, take the Alberta class 7 knowledge test.

The Alberta Knowledge Test Class 7

The class 7 knowledge test is designed to test basic knowledge of road rules, traffic signs, and safe driving. Here is what you need to know about taking the test :

To write the test you will need to show proof of citizenship, proof of residency in Alberta, and pass a vision test.

  • The test is multiple choice format.
  • There will be 30 questions. You need to get 25 correct answers to pass the test.
  • The test will be completed on a computer.
  • You are expected to complete the test within 60 minutes.
  • You can take the knowledge test at most Alberta Registry Agent offices.
  • You can take the test once per day.
  • No appointment is required.

When you pass the test you will be issued a Class 7 Learners License. The cost for a 5 year term is $84.45.

How Much Does The Class 7 Knowledge Test Cost?

You are required to pay a fee of $17.60 to take the knowledge test. You will have to pay an additional fee for your class 7 learner’s license.

Moving From Class 7 To Class 5 In Alberta

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In order to take the next step in the GDL license system in Alberta, you must :

  • Spend one year as a class 7 driver (two years if you got our class 7 when you were 14).
  • Be at least 16 years of age.
  • Pass a vision test.
  • Show proof of residency in Alberta.
  • Pass the basic road test.

Class 7 Alberta Drivers License and Car Insurance

Looking for Alberta car insurance as a newly licensed driver? Newly licensed drivers are considered a greater risk than experienced drivers. Most class 7 drivers will have difficulty finding an insurer willing to insure them. If they do, expect your premiums to be higher.

As a class 7 driver, your best option is to be added as an occasional driver on your parents or other driver’s policy.

Completion of the government approved defensive driving course will qualify you for a discount to save on costs.

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