Graduated Licensing To become fully licensed, new Alberta drivers must pass all stages of the province’s graduated licensing program. How Do I Get Insured As a New Driver?Before you buy auto insurance, you need to apply to complete Alberta’s 2-stage licensing process and meet basic qualifications set out by the government. To get started, you must:Be at least 14 years oldPass a vision testPass a knowledge test about road rules Have consent from a parent or legal guardian if you are less than 18 years of ageHave valid identification.As a novice driver, it’s also important to understand the unique restrictions that apply to Stage 1 Learner (Class 7) and Stage 2 Probationary (Class 5-GDL) licences. How Long Does it Take to Become a Fully Licensed Driver?It takes a minimum of 3 to 4 years to complete both stages of graduated licensing. In Alberta, to move from a Stage 1 to Stage 2 licence, you must be 16 years of age or older and pass the basic Class 5 road test. To graduate as a fully licensed (Class 5) driver you must be suspension free for the last 12 months of the 2-year probationary stage and pass an advanced road test. Why Are There So Many Steps to Get Licensed?Novice drivers cause many traffic-related deaths and injuries. In response to accident statistics and successful licensing systems used in other countries, Canada’s provincial and territorial governments introduced new driver standards in the mid-2000s. Graduated licensing is based on research that clearly demonstrates the safety value of this approach over more conventional ones. Most programs include a multi-stage system with mandatory learner and intermediate stages that take place over set time periods before graduation to a full licence. What Happens To My Insurance If My Licence Is Suspended?You must report your licence suspension to your insurer immediately. If you break traffic laws and accumulate 8 demerit points with a Stage 1 or Stage 2 licence, your driver’s licence will be suspended. If you are convicted of a moving offence or other driving related issues, demerit points will be automatically added to your driving record. IBC and Best Practices for Graduated Licensing in CanadaIBC has a history of advocating for improved road safety across the country. In 2005, with IBC’s support, the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF), an independent charitable road safety institute, created a report about best practices for graduated licensing in Canada. IBC circulated a draft of this report to all relevant contacts in driver licensing agencies, or their equivalent, in all jurisdictions across Canada. Auto Insurance Q&ATo steer you in the right direction, here are some basic questions to ask your insurance representative before you buy car insurance All about Auto InsuranceRegardless of where you live in Canada, auto insurance is required by law. You are not authorized to drive without it. Useful LinksAlberta Ministry of Transportation Ministry of Transportation in Alberta is providing safe roads and water systems. Getting your Driver's LicenceReady to get your driver’s license? Know where to start? Know what to study? Read some tips and links that can help you obtain your provincial or territorial drivers license. Facility AssociationFacility Association’s mission is to administer the automobile insurance residual markets, enhance market stability, and guarantee the availability of automobile insurance to those eligible to obtain it.