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Vision reqirements

A vision assessment is required before
you are eligible to obtain an Alberta
Driver’s Licence. If you do not
meet the vision standards, you will
be referred to an optometrist or an
ophthalmologist to have a Vision Referral
form completed. If you have corrective
glasses or contact lenses, bring them
with you for your vision assessment. 

Class 5 road tests

Class 5 is the most commonly held
driver’s licence, allowing drivers to
operate cars and other light vehicles.

The basic road test

Passing the basic road test allows GDL
drivers to move from a class 7 (Learner)
to a class 5-GDL driver’s licence. This
test determines whether a learner has
developed the driving skills necessary
like safe vehicle handling, judgment and
knowledge of the rules of the road to
become a class 5-GDL probationary
driver.

When you pass the basic road test
you must take the road test permit you
purchased to do the test to a registry
agent to ensure your driver's licence
is updated. The test permit is not a
driver’s licence.

During the probationary stage you
will have a minimum of two years to
further develop the skills necessary to
take the advanced road test and exit
the GDL program.

This road test is approximately
25 to 30 minutes. This will include the
driver examiners pre-test instructions
and summary of your results. You will
be required to demonstrate the ability
to operate your vehicle safely without
supervision while interacting with other
road users.

The vehicle for your road test must be
in acceptable working condition and must
have the following:
• a valid licence plate and insurance
• headlights, brake lights and signal lights
• horn 
• speedometer
• brakes/park brake
• unobstructed windshield/wipers
• tires are in good condition
• driver and passenger doors
• vehicle seats/seat belts
• exhaust system/muffler
• mirrors
• enough fuel for a road test

The test will include identifying
and operating your vehicle’s controls. This
includes:
• handling the vehicle (steering, braking
   and speed control)
• selecting the proper lane for turns
• observing and obeying speed zones
• determining right of way at intersections
   and while changing lanes
• demonstrating knowledge and skill at
   intersections with and without sign and
   signal controls
• interacting with other road users in a
   non-obstructive manner
• parking – parallel (except for drivers
   over 65) and on a hill

For more information, please see "Preparing for
Road Test" on Alberta Transportation's website.

12   A Drivers's Guide to Operation, Safety and Licensing

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