Motrorcycle driver licence

How do I get a motorcycle licence?

Have you ever thought about hitting the open road on a motorcycle? If you’re ready to make that dream a reality, here’s everything you should know about getting your Alberta class 6 motorcycle licence.


Before you start learning to ride a motorcycle, you must: 


  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Have a valid driver’s licence (class 5 or a class 7 learner’s permit for at least 1 year)
  • Have the supervision of someone who holds an unrestricted class 6 licence. You must be supervised while riding a motorcycle until you’ve passed the road test. Your supervisor may be seated behind you on the same motorcycle, be riding a motorcycle behind you or be following you in another vehicle.

5 steps to get your motorcycle licence


These are the steps you’ll need to take before getting a motorcycle licence.

  1. Pass the class 6 knowledge test. This test consists of 30 questions related to motorcycle safety, rules of the road and traffic signals. The knowledge test must be passed before a road test is taken. 
  2. Take a motorcycle training course. It’s strongly recommended that all new motorcycle riders take a course to safely learn how to ride a motorcycle.
  3. Practice riding. With your supervisor, spend some time getting used to riding a motorcycle. You may have some restrictions while practicing, depending on the licence you currently hold.
  4. Take a class 6 road test. This is the last step to getting your Alberta motorcycle licence. You must provide a registered and insured motorcycle for the test. The road test will take place on public roads, with the examiner following in another vehicle. They’ll communicate with you using a cell phone and cell phone headset. The test takes about 60 minutes.
  5. Purchase your licence. If you’ve passed the test, the examiner will provide you with a written evaluation that you’ll need to take to an authorized Alberta Registry Service so that you can upgrade your current licence.

If you previously held a class 7 or a class 5-GDL (probationary) licence, your class 6 permit will be probationary for two years. During this time, you’ll be subject to a curfew, must have a blood alcohol level of zero while sitting on or riding on a motorcycle and have fewer than eight demerit points. Once the two-year period is finished, you may take an advanced road test and exit the GDL program.

Registration services in Edmonton
If you’re a new motorcycle rider or automobile driver, the authorized registry agents at Registrations Are Us can walk you through the steps of getting your licence. We’re also happy to help drivers licence their vehicles and provide any other registration services you may need. Contact us for more information or visit our Edmonton office today.
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