All About the GDL Alberta Class 5 License

If you've successfully passed the class 7 Alberta knowledge test and held an Alberta learners license for a minimum of 12 months, you are ready to start the next step of your Alberta licensing journey. This means getting the Class 5 GDL Alberta license. The GDL Alberta license stage can be a little scary since you need to demonstrate behind the wheel skills, but if you follow the process properly and practice in advance, you will successfully pass the Alberta GDL test.

Alberta Class 5 License Process

Drive for 1 year with 7L Licence and pass the Class 5 road test to get your Alberta Class 5 GDL licence

The GDL Alberta Class 5 License Requirements

To make the GDL Alberta process as quick and smooth as possible we've put together everything you need to do and know in order to successfully pass the Alberta GDL test, including all the Alberta GDL rules. Be sure you always have the appropriate Alberta car insurance in place, and other required documentation when driving. Our tips and tricks will ensure you get the GDL license Alberta offers in the shortest amount of time possible.

Minimum Age

You must be 16 or older in order to begin the class 5 GDL Alberta process.

7L licence holder

You must have held a 7L licence, probation free for a minimum of 12 months to begin.

Book Your Road Test

You need to find a local Alberta registry agent and book your class 5 road test in advance. Keep in mind that time periods like March break and other holidays can be very busy, so book in advance to get your preferred date/time.

Study The Alberta Drivers Handbook

Regardless of the test, it's always a good idea to revisit the basics and brush up on your Alberta road signs and road rules knowledge.

Practice Driving

Your Alberta learners license was basically to give you an opportunity to practice your driving skills with a supervising driver. Use the minimum 12-month time period between getting your Alberta 7L and taking the GDL Alberta road test, to practice your driving skills such as:

  • Knowing your vehicles controls (windshield wipers, signal lights etc)
  • Starting your vehicle, parking and backing up
  • Correctly driving in your lane and changing lanes
  • Navigating through intersections and practicing proper turning techniques
  • Obeying traffic lights and signs
  • Knowing how to yield right of way
  • Following posted speed limits
  • Being aware of potential hazard situations and how to navigate/avoid them

Pre-trip Check

Prior to beginning the Class 5 GDL Alberta road test, the examiner will assess and determine if the vehicle you have brought is capable of taking the road test. You might be asked to demonstrate different controls, for example, brake lights, turn signals etc. There are also some key items you should ensure you review before leaving home for the Alberta GDL test:

  • A valid vehicle licence plate and Alberta car insurance
  • Correctly working brake lights and signal lights
  • Ensure you are driving with tires in good condition
  • A working horn
  • Ensure no obstructions on the windshield / wipers
  • Working speedometer
  • Working brakes / parking brake
  • Functional seats/seat belts
  • Properly working exhaust system / muffler
  • Intact and clean mirrors
  • Adequate gas in the tank to complete the test

Road Test

The actual class 5 road test will take approximately 30 minutes, during which time the driving examiner will ask you to drive through a pre-set route, demonstrating specific driving skills as you go. Keep in mind, the examiner is not trying to trick you with any false directions, so stay calm and focused on the task.

Post-test Debrief

Once the Alberta GDL test is finished, you will drive back to the examination location and the examiner will review the test with you indicating areas where you did well and where you need improvement. You will be advised on the spot if you've passed and given a copy of the driver examination checklist form + a test permit if you pass.

To ensure you are 100% calm and prepared for your GDL Alberta test, we've put together a checklist of everything you will need on your test day in order to be successful.

Your Class 7L Licence

You must bring along your Class 7L licence to the Class 5 road test appointment

Parental Consent

If you are under the age of 18, you must have written consent from your parent or guardian.

Identification Documents

You must bring along ID confirming your name, date of birth and Alberta residency status.

Vehicle Documentation

Bring along valid vehicle insurance and registration documentation for the vehicle you intend to use during the road test.

Cancelling or Rescheduling

You are responsible for providing as much cancellation notice to the Alberta registry location as possible (preferably more than 48 hours notice) if for some reason you have to cancel your test appointment.

Test Permit

You need to provide the driving examiner with your test permit prior to the Class 5 road test beginning:

If you booked your test online, pickup your prepaid test permit from your Alberta registry office 30 minutes before your test begins
If you booked in person, you will receive your test permit when you check in for your road test

Vehicle Safety Check

Step 1 of the road test is to go through a vehicle safety checklist, so make sure you review your vehicle against the checklist in advance of arriving at the test location.

  • A valid vehicle licence plate and insurance
  • Correctly working brake lights and signal lights
  • Ensure your driving with tires in good condition
  • A working horn
  • Ensure no obstructions on the windshield / wipers
  • Working speedometer
  • Working brakes / park brake
  • Functional seats/seat belts
  • Properly working exhaust system / muffler
  • Intact and clean mirrors
  • Adequate gas in the tank to complete the test

Arrive Early

Arriving 30 minutes before your test time is a good idea to get settled and relaxed before the test starts.

Vision Aids

If you need glasses or contacts to drive, make sure you take them along.

Applicable Fees

Each test has a specific fee requirement, so make sure you are prepared to pay the fees prior to starting your actual test. The test fees are set by Alberta registry agents and can vary by location, so it's a good idea to contact your location registry agent to know what fees you will be expected to pay.

Test Re-takes

If for some reason you fail the Class 5 road test, you can re-book another road test for another day.

Licence Application

Once your successfully pass the Class 5 road test, you will be able to purchase your Class 5 GDL licence card from your Alberta registry agent. You will initially be given a temporary licence that is valid for 30 days while your actual licence will arrive in the mail.

Licence Expiry

You can extend the expiry of your licence up to 5 years.

Minimum Licence Holding Period

You can begin the process to get your Class 5 full privilege licence after holding a Class 5 GDL licence for a minimum of 2 years probation free.

No Alcohol

You must maintain a blood alcohol level of zero at all times

Passenger Seat Belts

Carry only as many passengers as there are working seat belts.

Earlier Potential Licence Suspension

Unlike a full Class 5 licence, a Class 5 GDL licence will be automatically suspended at 8 demerit points.

Not a Valid Supervising Driving Licence

A Class 5 GDL Alberta driver cannot serve as an accompanying driver to a learner.

No Licence Upgrading

At the GDL Alberta stage, you cannot upgrade to a commercial licence (Classes 1, 2, 3 or 4).

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