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How to get a motorcycle license in Alberta

Getting a license is the first step to riding a motorcycle legally in Alberta, but did you know you will also need insurance? Get a free quote for motorcycle insurance with us today.

Ever dreamed of cruising through the picturesque Rocky Mountains of Alberta on a motorcycle? I sure have. Join us as we rev up the engine and navigate the twists and turns of Alberta's licensing process together. From understanding the basics to ensuring you’re properly covered with the right insurance, we’ve got you covered. Let’s start this journey and field your passion for riding in the beautiful province of Alberta.

Key takeaways on Alberta motorcycle licensing

  1. In order to qualify to get your motorcycle license in Alberta, you must be 16 years old, have a valid driver's license, and have a person supervise you while learning to ride before your Class 6 license.

  2. There are 4 steps to obtain a motorcycle license in Alberta: take a knowledge test, practice riding with a Class 6 driver, pass a road test, purchase your license card, and then upgrade to a full Class 6 license. 

  3. You need proper insurance to ride a motorcycle in Alberta. You can compare personalized quotes with to find out how much (or how little) you could be paying.

The different types of motorcycle licenses in Alberta 

At first glance getting your motorcycle license in Alberta can be confusing. Between Class 5, Class 7, and Class 6, it's a lot to navigate so let’s walk through it together.

To put it simply, to have an Alberta motorcycle license you must hold a Class 6 license. A Class 6 license allows you to drive a motorcycle or a moped by yourself. 

There are two steps to a Class 6 license:

  1. A graduated drivers license (GDL) which is obtained if you have passed your Class 6 road test and have a Class 5 or 7 GDL license.
  2. Full Class 6 License is obtained once you have passed your Class 6 license and have a Class 5 or 7 full license or have had your Class 6 GDL for 2 years. 

There are a few other factors at play: 

Class 5 and 7 license. A Class 7 license is a learner’s license that allows you to drive a Class 5 or 6 vehicle with someone over 18 with a full Class 5 driver's license. On the other hand, a Class 5 graduated driver's license (GDL) means you still have some restrictions as a newer driver, as well as a Full Class 5 license, a full license for personal driving needs. 

If you do have either a Class 5 or 7 license, you will only need to take a knowledge and a road test in order to obtain your Class 6 license. 

If you do not have a Class 5 or 7 license, you will need to complete all requirements for a Class 7 license before you are able to take the Class 6 knowledge and road test.  

How to get a motorcycle license in Alberta

Step 1: Take a knowledge test 

Driving without a motorcycle license in Alberta is very dangerous and can easily be avoided by following a few simple steps. To begin, you must complete the Class 6 written knowledge test; it must be obtained prior to the road test. Before writing this test ensure you have studied and know the rules of the road that can be found in the Alberta Basic License Driver’s Handbook. Go to a nearby registry agent and take the knowledge test to begin your journey. Ensure to bring existing drivers license (Class 7 or Class 5) to the registry agent, also note that a small fee is charged for each knowledge test taken. 

Step 2: Pass a road test

The next step to obtain your motorcycle license is to schedule a road test through a registry agent or online through Alberta’s Book your Road Test. The road test is done at a registry agent office or at an approved motorcycle school. Tests at motorcycle schools are only available for students who have completed an authorized training course. Riders will have to bring their own motorcycle for the testing, they are examined for their “road-readiness” before entering into traffic. Instructions will be given to the rider prior to the road test, and as well as before each maneuver and during the test by use of a one-way radio. The test is 45 minutes long, and there is a fee for the road test taken as well. 

Three-wheeled motorcycle. If you take the road test using a three-wheeled motorcycle, your Class 6 license restricts you to only operate a three-wheeled motorcycle. 

Step 3: Purchase your license card 

Once you have passed the knowledge and road test you will be able to purchase a Class 6 license card. After you have passed your road test you will be given a temporary license that's valid for 30 days while you wait for your license card to come in the mail. 

Step 4: Upgrade to a full Class 6 license

After you received your Class 6 license are over the age of 18, have served your probationary period, and maintained a clean driving record for the last 12 months of licensing with no suspensions, demerits or unpaid tickets you will qualify to exit the graduated driver's license (GDL) program and be provided a full Class 6 license. 

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How to get motorcycle insurance in Alberta

Motorcycle insurance is required in Alberta only as a legal requirement but it also provides vital protection for riders. Just like with a car, you need proper motorcycle insurance to ride a bike in Alberta. The province has strict minimum coverage requirements in two categories and optional coverage in another two:

Mandatory motorcycle coverage in Alberta

Third-party liability: This coverage covers your expenses in the event you’re responsible for injury, death, or property damage while riding your motorcycle.

Accident benefits: Perhaps the most important coverage for motorcyclists is that this protects you financially in the event you’re injured in an accident. As you’re much more likely to be injured in a motorcycle accident than in a car accident, you will want to make sure you go above the minimum coverage and get.  

Direct compensation for property damage: This mandatory coverage is automatically added to all auto insurance policies, including personal vehicles, motorcycles, ATVs and more. DCPD covers the loss and damage of your bike after an accident you aren't at fault for – you'll recoup the funds from your own insurer (hence the direct compensation). If you are at fault, you'll need collision insurance in order to be covered.

Optional motorcycle coverage in Alberta

Damage to vehicle: Under third party liability, damage to your motorcycle isn’t covered. That’s where optional collision insurance and comprehensive insurance come to play. If you spent a lot of money on your fancy new ride, you should look into damage coverage to protect not just your investment.

Riding gear: Let's face it, not only is the bike expensive, but everything costs a lot of money. Everything else that comes with getting your motorcycle license can pile up quickly. It's crucial to consider riding gear coverage if you and your riders own equipment.

The best way to get motorcycle insurance in Alberta is to compare insurance quotes online using a site like You can see offers from multiple insurance providers and select the coverage that offers the best balance of coverage and price for your needs. Our insurance advisors will work with you to create the right motorcycle policy, so be sure to connect with us today.

The bottom line

In Alberta, obtaining a motorcycle license is a simple process that assures both your safety and the protection of other drivers on the road. Enjoy the excitement of riding your motorcycle with the confidence that comes from having the right license and insurance in compliance with the province's insurance regulations and the graded licensing program.

There are only a few months when you can enjoy time on your bike. Make the most of it by planning ahead and booking your test but if you're a seasoned biker, ensure you have the best rates and comprehensive coverage so you can cruise in comfort and peace of mind.

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