Graduated Drivers Licencing
Big changes are coming to the Graduated Driver Licencing (GDL) program in Alberta, Canada. Starting April 1, 2023, drivers will no longer be required to take the advanced road test to exit the program. Instead, all drivers who meet certain criteria will be eligible to exit the GDL program.
To qualify for GDL exit, drivers must be at least 18 years old, have completed 24 months of probationary driving, and have been suspension and demerit free for the last 12 months. Those who have completed a Class 5 or Class 6 driver training program from a licenced driving school may be eligible to reduce their probationary period by up to 6 months.
Drivers who urgently need to exit the GDL program can visit their local registry agent office to confirm eligibility. If eligible, they can exchange their GDL licence for a non-GDL licence free of charge. However, those who are not yet eligible will remain in the GDL program until they meet the requirements.
On June 25, 2023, an IT system change will be implemented to review GDL driver files and automatically exit eligible drivers from the program. These drivers will receive a letter from the Government of Alberta in July 2023 indicating they have exited the GDL program.
While restrictions on GDL licences will remain in place until drivers receive their Class 5 or Class 6 licence or the Government of Alberta letter, the Class 5 and Class 6 road tests are also changing. Both tests will include elements from the advanced road test, and the Class 5 road test will increase from 30 minutes to 45 minutes to prioritize safety.
Overall, these changes aim to streamline the GDL program and make it easier for eligible drivers to exit. As always, it's important for all drivers to prioritize safety on the road and follow traffic laws.