A Starter’s Guide to Acquiring Your Class 6 Motorcycle License in Alberta

Beginning the process of obtaining your Class 6 Motorcycle License in Alberta is indeed a thrilling venture, marked by new opportunities and avenues for exploration. This guide will help you navigate every step of this thrilling ride, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable process. Note that updates to Alberta's licensing are fairly frequent and that this guide is up-to-date as of August 2023. Let's ride!

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1. Understanding the Basics

Alberta’s Class 6 license authorizes holders to operate a motorcycle without a supervising rider. Moreover, a Class 6 license permits you to drive all Class 5 motor vehicles as a learner. Here's what you need to know:

  • Eligibility: You must be at least 16 years old, have a Class 7 learner’s licence or a Class 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 license for a minimum of one year. If you're under 18, you'll need consent from a parent or guardian.

2. Gearing Up for the Knowledge Test

Before you can take the Class 6 road test, you must pass the knowledge test. This test, consisting of 30 questions, covers a variety of topics including:

  • Rules of the road
  • Safe-driving practices for motorcycle riders
  • Traffic control signs and signals
  • Licensing information

Prepare for this important step by reviewing the Alberta rider’s guide to operation, safety and licensing motorcycles, mopeds & power-assisted bicycles and Alberta Basic Licence Drivers Handbook to test your knowledge before your knowledge exam.

A young lady takes the Aberta written motorcycle knowledge test

3. The Learning Phase and Preparing for the Road

Use the time following your knowledge test wisely to prepare for the road test.

  • Learning and Practice: Utilize your learner's permit to gain experience riding under various conditions while accompanied by an experienced motorcyclist.
  • Motorcycle Safety Course: While not mandatory, a motorcycle safety course can drastically enhance your skills and boost your confidence for the road test.

4. Scheduling and Preparing for Your Class 6 Road Test

With a minimum of one year with your learner's permit or a Class 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 license, and having passed the written test, you are now eligible to schedule your Class 6 road test.

  • Booking the Test: You can book your road test online through MyAlberta eServices. Be sure to bring your own motorcycle for testing and ensure your cell phone is equipped with ear buds for examiner communication.
  • Fees: Expect to pay around $150 for the road test (costs may vary by registry).
  • Test Components: The road test evaluates your abilities to operate a motorcycle safely in traffic, including pre-ride checks, balance and stability, handling, space management, and adherence to traffic rules. For valuable insights on passing this test, check out our Alberta Class 6 Road Test Tips.

5. Getting Your Class 6 License

After successfully passing the road test, you can purchase a Class 6 licence card from a registry agent. You will receive a temporary licence that’s valid for 30 days or until your licence card arrives in the mail. If your card doesn't arrive within 21 business days, report the missing licence to a registry agent within 60 days of applying to avoid charges for a replacement. Once you receive your licence card, remember to destroy the temporary licence.

Upgrade to a full (non-GDL) Class 6 driver’s licence once you are at least 18 years of age, have completed the 24 months of probationary driving (which can be reduced by up to 6 months by completing a Class 5 or Class 6 driver training program), and are suspension and demerit free for the last 12 months.

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Congratulations, you're now part of the vibrant motorcycling community in Alberta!

Securing your license is just the beginning of your motorcycling journey. The open road is full of adventure and learning experiences. Prioritize motorcycle safety to ensure many enjoyable miles ahead. For more information, be sure to follow our blog as you continue to bring you up-to-date riding guides and tips!