Drivers are no longer required to take the advanced road test to exit the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program.

All drivers who meet the following criteria are eligible to exit the GDL program:

  • They must be at least 18 years of age.
  • They must have completed the 24 months of probationary driving. Drivers may be eligible to reduce their 24-month probationary period by up to 6 months by completing a Class 5 or Class 6 driver training program from a driver training school licensed by Transportation and Economic Corridors.
  • They must be suspension and demerit free for the last 12 months.

If a driver is not yet eligible to exit the GDL program, they will remain in the GDL program, subject to the restrictions on their driver’s licence, until they meet the eligibility criteria.

Drivers eligible to exit the GDL program will automatically exit the program and will be notified by letter from the Government of Alberta of their exit.

There is no need to update your physical driver’s licence unless you wish to do so. Your licence will be upgraded at the time of next renewal. Law enforcement in Alberta will have access to your upgraded driving status through information in the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC).

Drivers travelling outside of Alberta should keep their letter with them in their vehicle or visit a registry agent to update their licence, as law enforcement agencies outside of Alberta may not have access to the data.

If a driver wishes to update their licence prior to renewal, they can attend any registry agent and pay the prescribed fee.

The Class 5 and Class 6 road tests are enhanced, and both include elements from the advanced road test.

  • The Class 5 road test will increase from 30 minutes to 45 minutes to ensure that we are focused on safety first.
  • The Class 6 road test will remain at 60 minutes, as there is time in the currently allotted 60 minutes to incorporate components from the current advanced road test.

All other existing requirements of the GDL program will remain the same.