Obtain a copy of the Basic Licence Driver's Handbook from any Young Drivers office or any Alberta Registry agent (look under "License & Registry Services" in the Yellowpages) or download your copy by clicking here.
Study the Handbook thoroughly in order to be ready to pass your written test, which consists of 16 multiple choice questions and four questions about street signs. You must achieve at least 17 out of 20 to pass. You will also need to pass a vision test.
Your Learner's Permit is good for five years and costs $16.00 (approximate price). Once you pass the written test, it costs an additional $65.00 (approximate price) to obtain your Class 7 (Learner's)
You MUST have parental consent if you are under 18 years of age.
Conditions With a Class 7 Permit:
Until you pass your probationary road test, you must drive with a fully-licenced driver in the passenger seat and observe the following restrictions and rules:
The accompanying driver must have a Class 5 licence and be 18 years of age or older. He/she is the only passenger allowed in your front seat.
You must wait a minimum of 12 months to attempt the Standard Alberta Road Test and be 16 years of age or older.
You must have 0% blood alcohol content at all times; your co-driver must have a blood alcohol content below 0.06%.
You cannot drive at night between the hours of 12:00am and 5:00am.
You are only allowed as many passengers in the back seat(s) as there are working seatbelts. Only your co-driver is allowed in the front seat.
You are only allowed to accumulate eight demerit points.
The Standard Alberta Road Test (Probationary)
To take this test, you will need to provide at least two pieces of identification. For an approximate fee of $35.00 to $40.00, you will be tested on:
Driving situations and rules of the road, including starting, stopping, turning, passing vehicles, and land driving
Driving through controlled and uncontrolled intersections
Parallel parking and backing up
Anticipation of hazardous conditions
Other safe driving practices like driving the right speed and steering techniques
Once you pass the Standard Alberta Road Test you enter Level Two and can drive anywhere, anytime. Level 2 lasts a minimum of two years. You can drive anytime, day or night, alone or with passengers on any road or highway in Alberta. However, you must abide by these probationary conditions:
You must drive with 0% blood alcohol content.
You must limit the number of passengers to the number of working seatbelts.
You are allowed to accumulate eight demerit points
You cannot upgrade to a commercial licence
You cannot serve as a co-driver to a Learner
The Advanced (Class 5) Road Test
You can attempt your Class 5 driving test a minimum of two years after you pass your probationary road test. You must have been suspension-free for the last year of the two-year probationary period. When you pass the Class 5 test, you will receive full driving privileges.
During your Class 5 road test, which is designed to encourage continued learning and skills refinement, you will be expected to:
Display smooth, controlled vehicle handling skills
Demonstrate your ability to assess potential risk
Minimize and avoid hazards
For more information, visit the Government of Alberta website.