About the Alberta Motorcycle Learners & Class 6 GDL

Beginning with the "Alberta motorcycle learners license", the Alberta graduated motorcycle license program is designed to ensure that all new motorcycle drivers, go through all of the steps necessary to become qualified, safe motorcycle operators. Driving a motorcycle in Alberta means you must know all the road signs and rules of the road that apply to motorcycle driving - this is the Alberta motorcycle learners stage. In addition you should also be fully competent with motorcycle riding maneuvers and hazard avoidance to ensure safety for all users of the road. These aspects are addressed in the Class 6 GDL stage and the final, full privilege Class 6 stage.

Alberta Class 6 GDL - New Riders

Class 7L (12 months) + Motorcycle Knowledge Test + Class 6 Road Test → Class 6 GDL

Demonstrate Strong Motorcycle Driving Skills to Get Your Licence

Both the Alberta motorcycle learners and the Alberta Class 6 GDL licence require excellent motorbike handling skills.

Whether you're a new or experienced Alberta driver, it's imperative that you go through all the necessary learning and skills practice if you want to get through the Alberta motorcycle GDL in the shortest time possible. At ICanDrive.ca, we strive to make your Alberta motorcycle licensing journey as easy as possible, so we've put together information covering everything from the Alberta class 6 knowledge test, to road test tips and license restrictions that you should be aware of and much more. But remember, being a responsible motorcycle operator also includes having sufficient Alberta motorcycle insurance and all other required vehicle documentation as well. Click the tabs below for more.

7L Licence Holder

You can start the process to get your Class 6 GDL

  •  After holding a 7L license for a minimum of 12 months probation free

Recommendations for the Alberta Class 6 knowledge test (AKA Alberta motorcycle learners test):

Study The Alberta Drivers Handbook

Both new riders and experienced drivers will benefit from reading through and learning the concepts in the Alberta Motorcycle Handbook. The Alberta Rider's Guide to Operation, Safety and Licensing Motorcycles, Mopeds and Power- Assisted Bicycles is simply the best resource to learn all about Alberta motorcycle road rules and road signs and Alberta's motorcycle laws. This guide is also a great place to learn driving techniques and the correct way to operate a motorcycle.

Class 6 Motorcycle Knowledge Tests

After having studied the information in the Alberta Drivers Handbook, you can practice your knowledge for the Alberta motorcycle learners test using our Alberta motorcycle practice test exercises. These practice tests are created to be almost identical to what you can expect to see on the real Alberta Class 6 knowledge test. In addition to the questions, the format of the test will allow you to practice in a real test environment and be 100% prepared for your Alberta motorcycle learners test.

Recommended preparation for the Alberta Class 6 motorcycle road test:

Study The Alberta Drivers Handbook

It's never a bad idea to brush up on the basics and make sure you've got a strong base knowledge of Alberta road rules and signs. Read through the Alberta Drivers Handbook to keep your knowledge current.

Practice Motorcycle Riding

At this stage in your licensing journey, you get to put into practice all of the knowledge you acquired for the Alberta motorcycle learners test. Pay attention to the correct way to perform motorcycle riding maneuvers and practice as much as you can. The more comfortable you become on a motorcycle the better your chances of passing the Class 6 road test. Some of the key skills you should be focusing on are:

  • Serpentine pattern driving (weaving left and right through markers)
  • Figure eight or circle pattern driving
  • Riding your motorcycle at a slow speed in a straight line
  • Shifting gears in anticipation of curves in the road
  • Riding on a hill
  • Shifting up, shifting down then turning left and right
  • Quickly stopping in emergency situations
  • Steering around or braking to avoid possible obstacles in your path

Rules When Practicing For Your Class 6 Road Test

As a learner, in order to practice the skills necessary to pass your Class 6 road test, you must always be accompanied by a supervisor. The supervising driver must hold a valid, full Class 6 driver's license (he/she cannot be in the graduated licensing program) and should always be either on the learner's motorcycle or following on another motorcycle or vehicle. Some additional conditions you must adhere to are:

For motorcycle learners holding a valid class 7L licence:

  • You cannot ride during night-time hours (one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise)
  • You must maintain a blood alcohol level of zero
  • You cannot exceed more than eight demerit points


For motorcycle learners holding a valid class 5-GDL licence 

  • You must maintain a blood alcohol level of zero
  • You cannot exceed more than eight demerit points
  • You cannot supervise another learning rider

30 MCQ Written Test

  • The Alberta motorcycle learners test is electronically administered and is based on the Alberta Drivers Handbook and Motorcycle Handbook
  • The test is not timed and you must answer a minimum of 25 questions correctly to pass
  • Our Alberta motorcycle test practice series is simply one of the best ways to prepare for the Alberta motorcycle learners test.

Alberta Class 6 Road Test

  • The Class 6 road test is administered in a real life traffic situation
  • The test duration is approximately 45 minutes during which an examiner will assess a riders ability to drive a motorcycle in a variety of road conditions
  • The test will include:
    - An equipment and motorcycle fitness check
    - An assessment of the riders ability to navigate turns, signaling and correctly following road rules/signs
    - An evaluation of a riders balance, road position and general bike control
  • Examiners usually follow the motorcycle rider in another vehicle while relaying instructions to the rider via a radio
  • You will be instructed to pull over to the curb a minimum of three times during the test regardless of errors, to allow the examiner to score on his/her checklist
  • Once the Class 6 road test has been completed, you will return to the examination center, be given an opportunity to review the test results with your examiner and then receive a copy of the examination checklist and a copy of your test permit (if you successfully passed)

Both the Class 6 knowledge test and the Class 6 road tests are important, so we want to make sure you are 100% prepared for either test. The below checklist is a good item to print off and keep with you to ensure you don't miss anything needed for your test day.

Arrive Early

Class 6 knowledge test: The Alberta motorcycle learners test or knowledge test can be written without an appointment, but it's recommended that you arrive at an Alberta registry agent well in advance of closing time to pay the required fees, register and have enough time to properly attempt the test.

Class 6 road test: In order to take the class 6 road test, you will need to pre-register through a registry agent. It's recommended to still arrive 30 minutes in advance of your booked time slot to get settled and organized before your road test begins.

Identification Documents

Proof of identification is required in order to take any driver licensing test. You will need to show the following identification:

  • Primary identification - One of the following:  Canadian birth certificate, a valid Canadian passport or an aboriginal status card
  • If born outside of Canada - One of the following: A valid Canadian passport, Canadian permanent resident card or Canadian work/study permit that is valid for more than 90 days
  • Secondary identification - One of the following: social insurance card, Alberta health care card, firearms license or debit/credit card that includes first and last name with a signature
  • Proof of residency - The proof of residency must contain an Alberta address, a first and last name and a date that cannot be older than 90 days, with the exception of a residential lease agreement. Some examples include a utility bill, bank or credit card statement, pay stub, residential lease agreement, letter of employment confirmation or a letter from school

Additional Documents

  • In order to take the knowledge test, you will need to bring along your existing Class 7 or Class 5 drivers licence
  • Bring a copy of your road test permit purchased through your Alberta Registry Agent office
  • Bring a motorcycle in good working condition. Prior to beginning the motorcycle test, the examiner will conduct an assessment on whether the motorcycle is fit for the test
  • Valid Alberta motorcycle insurance and valid registration documentation for the motorcycle being brought to the test

Vision Aids

Make sure you bring along any vision aids like glasses or contacts to the test.

Applicable Fees

Depending on the test you are taking, you will be paying fees either in person or online with your Alberta Registry Agent. Make sure you review exactly what fees you need to pay at your test appointment.

Test Retakes

Alberta motorcycle learners knowledge test - if you fail the test you can repay the test fee and re-take the test the next day

Alberta motorcycle road test - if you fail the road test you need to book another test appointment with your Alberta Registry Agent

Licence Specifics

Class 7L Learner - A class 7L licence holder will move to a class 6 GDL licensing level upon successful completion of the Class 6 road test. He/she must remain at this level for a minimum of 2 years, probation free before moving to a full Class 6 licence.

A Class 6 license is restriction free, however a Class 6 GDL licence holder must adhere to some important license restrictions during the 2-year time period before applying for a Class 6 licence.

No Alcohol

When driving your bike, you must maintain a blood alcohol level of zero at all times

Probation Free

In order to get your Class 6 licence in the fastest time possible, you must practice safe driving and remain probation free for a minimum of two years.

Seeking a Different Kind of Alberta Motorcycle Licence?

Motorcycle GDL Process

The motorcycle GDL process is structured to help both new and experienced drivers learn how to ride a motorcycle in Alberta.

Alberta Class 7L Licence

The 7L licence is the learner stage for both car and motorcycle drivers in Alberta

Alberta Class 6 GDL Licence

The 7L licence is the learner stage for both car and motorcycle drivers in Alberta

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While it's true that most aspiring drivers in Alberta are looking for an Alberta car driving license or the motorcycle license Alberta offers, some want or need a more specific type of licence such as the Alberta truck license, or an Alberta air brake license, or an Alberta bus license, or Alberta boat license. Regardless of which kind of Alberta drivers license you need to apply for, we strive to accommodate. Click for more information.