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Alberta driving rules for new drivers

May 15th, 2013  |  Insurance

Getting your drivers license is one of those things that you start to look forward to at a very young age and depending on where you live, how you go about getting your license will vary. In most provinces, new drivers are now required to complete a number of graduated licensing steps, and Alberta is no different.

New drivers in Alberta are required to complete Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL). The aim of the program is to help new drivers gain the necessary skills and knowledge to become safe drivers before they receive their full driver’s license. There are three main steps involved in the GDL process:

Stage One – Learner

New drivers can get their learner’s driver’s license at the age of 14 in Alberta. To get this license, drivers will be required to pass both a vision and knowledge. You must have your learners for a minimum of one year and you must abide by a number of restrictions.

Stage Two - Probationary

Once you have your learners for at least one year, you can move up to stage two by passing the basic Alberta Class 5 road test. You need to be 16 to take the test and once you must have this license classification for two years. Again, you must comply with a number of driving restrictions.

Fully Licensed Driver

To become a fully licensed driver you are required to pass an advanced road test and must be suspension free during your probationary driving period.

What do you think? How does the Alberta licensing system compare to the graduated licensing process in Ontario?

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