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Graduated driver
licensing

Regardless of age, all new drivers are
part of the Graduated Driver Licensing
(GDL) program. This program ensures
new drivers get the support, skills and
experience they need to handle the
complex task of driving. GDL improves
road safety by creating a safe and
controlled environment for all new drivers.

As a GDL driver, you will hold one of the
following driver’s licence:
• Stage One: Class 7
(Learner’s Driver’s Licence)
• Stage Two: Class 5-GDL
(Probationary Licence)

The following information highlights the
key features of the Learner (Stage One)
and Probationary (Stage Two) phases of
the Graduated Driver Licensing program.

Stage 1: Learner (Class 7)

To obtain a class 7 learner’s driver’s
licence you must:
be 14 years of age or older
pass a vision screening
pass a knowledge test on the rules
have parental consent if you are
have valid identification

LEARNER'S CONDITION:

• You must hold a learner’s driver’s
licence (class 7) for at least one year.
• You must be accompanied by a fully
licensed (non-GDL probationary) driver
who is 18 years of age or older and is
seated next to you.

• You are not permitted to drive from
midnight to 5 a.m.
• You are not permitted to have more
passengers than seat belts.
• You will be suspended if you
accumulate eight or more demerit
points.
• You must have a zero alcohol level
when driving (or riding a motorcycle).

Stage 2: GDL Probationary
(Class 5-GDL)

To become a probationary driver you
must:

hold your class 7 driver’s licence
for a year (this time will be extended
if you receive a suspension of your
driving privileges)
be 16 years of age or older
pass the basic Alberta class 5 road
test

PROBATIONARY CONDITIONS:

• You must be a probationary driver for a
minimum of two years.
• You must have no more passengers
than seat belts.
• You will be suspended if you
accumulate 8 or more demerit points.
• You must have a zero alcohol level
when driving.
• You are not able to re-class your
licence to a commercial driver’s
licence (classes 1, 2, 3 or 4).
• You cannot serve as an accompanying
driver to a learner.

10 A Driver's Guide to Operation, Safety and Licensing

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