Eligibility Requirements

A person holding a motorcycle license in Alberta

To obtain a Class 6 motorcycle driver’s license in Alberta, applicants must meet certain eligibility requirements. These requirements include:

  • Age: The applicant must be at least 16 years old.
  • Existing License: The applicant must hold a valid Class 7 learner’s license for at least one year.
  • Knowledge Test: The applicant must pass a Class 6 knowledge test.
  • Road Test: The applicant must pass a Class 6 road test.

If the applicant already holds a full Class 5 driver’s license, they will also need to take a Class 6 knowledge and road test.

It is important to note that probationary riders in the Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) program are subject to additional restrictions. They must have an instructor 18 years of age or older with a valid Class 6 non-GDL license either seated on the bike, following on another motorcycle, or in another motor vehicle.

Overall, meeting these eligibility requirements is the first step towards obtaining a Class 6 motorcycle driver’s license in Alberta.

License Classes

A motorcycle license class sign displayed at an Alberta licensing office

In Alberta, there are two types of motorcycle licenses: Class 6 and Class 7.

Class 6 License

A Class 6 license is required to operate a motorcycle, moped, or trike on Alberta roads. To obtain a Class 6 license, the applicant must be at least 16 years old and have held a Class 7 learner’s license for at least one year. The applicant must also pass both a knowledge test and a road test specific to motorcycles.

Once the Class 6 license is obtained, the holder may drive a motorcycle, moped, or trike on any public road in Alberta. The holder may also drive any Class 5 GDL motor vehicle as a learner.

Class 7 License

A Class 7 license is a learner’s license that allows the holder to operate a Class 5 motor vehicle or a moped. To obtain a Class 7 license, the applicant must be at least 14 years old and pass a knowledge test and a vision test.

With a Class 7 license, the holder may drive a moped or a Class 5 motor vehicle as a learner. However, the holder may not operate a motorcycle until they obtain a Class 6 license.

It is important to note that the holder of a Class 7 license must be accompanied by a fully licensed driver who has held a Class 5 license for at least three years and is seated in the front passenger seat of the vehicle.

In summary, a Class 6 license is required to operate a motorcycle, moped, or trike on Alberta roads, while a Class 7 license is a learner’s license that allows the holder to operate a Class 5 motor vehicle or a moped.

Application Process

Getting a motorcycle license in Alberta requires passing both a knowledge test and a road test. Here are the steps to obtaining a Class 6 motorcycle driver’s license.

Knowledge Test

Before taking the knowledge test, the applicant must have a valid Class 5 driver’s license or a Class 7 learner’s license for at least one year. The test can be taken at a registry agent, and the applicant must bring their existing driver’s license to the test.

The knowledge test consists of 30 multiple-choice questions that cover various topics, including traffic signs, rules of the road, and safe driving practices. To pass the test, the applicant must correctly answer at least 25 questions.

Road Test

After passing the knowledge test, the applicant must schedule a road test through a registry agent or online through the Alberta Road Test Scheduler. The applicant must bring their own motorcycle for testing.

During the road test, the applicant will be assessed on their ability to operate a motorcycle safely and effectively. The examiner will evaluate the applicant’s ability to start, stop, turn, and maneuver the motorcycle in traffic.

If the applicant passes both the knowledge and road tests, they will receive a Class 6 motorcycle driver’s license. It is important to note that the Class 6 license has restrictions, including a zero blood alcohol limit and a prohibition from carrying passengers until the applicant has held the license for two years.

Overall, the process of obtaining a motorcycle license in Alberta requires dedication, practice, and a commitment to safe driving practices.

Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Program

In Alberta, the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Program is designed to help new drivers gain experience and skills gradually. The GDL program is divided into three stages: Learner, Probationary, and Full.

During the Learner stage, drivers must hold a Class 7 license and are required to display a “L” sign on their vehicle. They are only allowed to drive with a fully licensed driver who has at least 3 years of driving experience. In addition, they must not drive between midnight and 5 a.m. and are not allowed to have any alcohol in their system while driving.

After holding a Class 7 license for at least one year, drivers can take a road test to obtain a Class 5 GDL license. During the Probationary stage, drivers must display a “P” sign on their vehicle and are allowed to drive without a fully licensed driver, but still have some restrictions. For example, they must not drive between midnight and 5 a.m. and are not allowed to have any alcohol in their system while driving.

Once a driver has held a Class 5 GDL license for at least two years, they can take another road test to obtain a full Class 5 license. At this point, they no longer have any restrictions on their license.

It is important to note that the GDL program also applies to motorcycle licenses. New riders must hold a Class 7 license for at least one year before they can take the road test to obtain a Class 6 GDL license. During the GDL stage, they must display a “6” sign on their motorcycle and are not allowed to carry passengers or drive between midnight and 5 a.m.

Overall, the GDL program is an important part of the licensing process in Alberta. It helps new drivers gain experience and skills gradually, which can ultimately lead to safer roads for everyone.

Renewal and Maintenance

In Alberta, motorcycle owners need to renew their registration every year. The renewal process can be done online through the Alberta eServices website. The cost of renewal starts at $54.00 per motorcycle, inclusive of service charge. Once renewed, a printed copy of the digital download is required. License plate expiry stickers are no longer required as of January 1, 2021.

In addition to registration renewal, motorcycle owners in Alberta are responsible for maintaining their vehicles. Regular maintenance is necessary to keep motorcycles running smoothly and safely. The following are some basic maintenance tasks that motorcycle owners should perform:

  • Check tire pressure regularly and replace tires when necessary
  • Change the oil and oil filter according to the manufacturer’s recommendations
  • Inspect the brakes and replace brake pads when necessary
  • Check the chain tension and lubricate the chain
  • Inspect the lights, horn, and other electrical components
  • Clean and lubricate the throttle and clutch cables

Performing regular maintenance tasks can help prevent accidents and extend the life of the motorcycle. Motorcycle owners should also be aware of any recalls or safety issues related to their vehicles. They can check for recalls on the Transport Canada website.

Overall, motorcycle owners in Alberta should be proactive about maintaining their vehicles and renewing their registration on time to ensure safe and legal operation on the road.

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