How to Get a Class 5 Graduated Driver’s Licence (GDL)

A Class 5 Graduated Driver’s Licence (GDL) allows you to drive most cars, trucks, and vans independently. The list of motor vehicles you’ll be able to operate also includes:

  • Motorhomes without air brakes (unless you have an air brake certificate)
  • Towing a trailer with one or more axles if it’s not equipped with air brakes
  • Mopeds, recreational vehicles, and any combination of RV and trailer if the trailer has two axles or fewer

Keep in mind that there are probationary conditions for drivers with a Class 5 GDL:

  • Must spend a minimum of two years as a probationary driver
  • Not permitted to have more passengers than seats
  • Licence suspension at 8 demerit points (full Class 5 holders get up to 15)
  • Have a zero alcohol level
  • Cannot upgrade to a commercial licence (Classes 1, 2, 3 or 4)
  • Cannot serve as an accompanying driver to a learner

Follow the steps below to ensure you can book a road test and earn your Class 5 GDL.


Step One – Ensure You’re Eligible

To get a Class 5 GDL you must:

  • Hold a Class 7 Alberta learner’s licence and have at least one year of driving experience
  • Be at least 16 years old (if you’re under 18, you’ll need written consent from a parent or guardian)

We recommend getting at least 60 hours of practice behind the wheel.


Step Two – Book Your Test

With AMA you can book a road test online, call 1-866-989-6370, or visit the Registries counter at your nearest AMA centre.

Avoid the most common beginner mistakes and check out 3 Reasons Why Teens Fail the Class 5 Road Test.


Step Three – Review the Terms and Conditions

Ensure you review and understand the road test terms and conditions—including the Vehicle Guidelines checklist to ensure that your vehicle is in proper working order—in advance of test day.

Unmet conditions may lead to cancelling the road test and forfeiting fees.


Step Four – Arrive Early with All the Proper Documentation

Arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled road test to pick up your prepaid test permit. You cannot begin the test without this permit.

You must provide a vehicle in proper working condition. (AMA doesn’t rent vehicles for road tests.) Ensure that you have valid insurance and registration for the vehicle and that you bring your Class 7 learner’s licence.


Step Five – Take Your Test

The cost of a Class 5 GDL road test scheduled through AMA Registries is $93.20 with tax. This breaks down as follows:

Government of Alberta Fee (not taxable) $5.00
Independent Driver Examiner Fee $55.00
Third-Party Scheduling Fee* $9.00
AMA Fee $20.00
Base Total $89.00
GST $4.20
Total with Tax $93.20

The Class 5 GDL road test takes approximately 30 minutes. Good luck!

*Note: This fee goes directly to an independent third party. AMA does not retain any portion of this fee.


Step Six – Purchase Your Licence

If you pass your road test, you can reclassify your existing Class 7 learner’s licence to a Class 5 probationary licence.

Effective October 1, 2014, minors less than 18 years of age who are not married or self-sufficient, must have their parent/guardian consent for first applications and for all operator reclassifications.


Ready to Book Your Class 5 GDL Road Test?

AMA is here to help you every step of the way in your driving journey. Book a Road Test

Questions? Call 1-866-989-6370 or visit your local AMA centre.