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If I have a class 7 license in Alberta, can I get my class 6 while only having my class seven?


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You should contact the Alberta Transportation Department to get specific information about getting your Class 6 license while having only a Class 7 license presently. 

We can tell you that the Alberta Transportation Department states on their site, Service Alberta, that if you apply for a license to operate a motorcycle after your Learner's License (Class 7), you will be subject to the conditions of the GDL program.

If you had a valid class 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 operator's license and want to get my operator's license to ride a motorcycle (Class 6) the GDL program would not apply to you. The GDL process applies only to new riders holding a Class 7 or 5-GDL operator's license and wants to get a Class 6 license to drive motorcycles.

As you should be aware the minimum age for the Class 7 learner's permit is fourteen (14). A Class 7 license permits an operator to drive a moped, a motor vehicle referred to in the Class 5 category, as a learner only and a motorcycle, as a learner only, if the operator is at least 16 years of age.

A Class 6 license permits an operator to drive a motorcycle or a moped and all motor vehicles under Class 5, for learning only. The minimum learning or licensing age for a Class 6 license is sixteen (16).

The requirements for a Class 6 is a written test and vision screening and a road test for applicants with a Class 7 or if no license is presented. The vehicle for a road test is a motorcycle with a sidecar. The written test, vision screening and a skill test is required for applicants with a Class 5 license or better.

From all this information it does appear that you can start the process of getting your Class 6 license when you have your permit, Class 7, if you are 16 years of age. You will though need to adhere to the conditions of the graduated licensing program Alberta, Canada has in place for new drivers. Again contact the Transportation Department of Alberta to seek clarification and get more information on how to obtain a Class 6 while holding a Class 7 license.

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