In order to obtain a Class 1 Driver’s License for the first time, you will need to have a full Class 5 (non-GDL) Alberta Driver’s License or higher. If you have not previously held a Class 1 or equivalent license before, you will need to complete MELT (Mandatory Entry Level Training).
MELT is a curriculum set out by Alberta Transportation and only accredited driving schools can deliver it. Please refer to our Driving School directory to find a school in Calgary. The Province of Alberta has set a cap on the fees for this course at $10,000. The Government has indicated that grants and other funding options will be made available to offset the cost of this training. Please contact your chosen school for more information about this.
Please note that there are medical requirements which are required before we can issue a professional class of license. Since the MELT course is time intensive and a significant financial investment, we highly recommend that you have a medical completed BEFORE you start your MELT course. Please visit our office to obtain a medical form to take to your doctor’s office.
In addition to the MELT training, you must obtain a “Q” endorsement on your Driver’s Licence or provide a Notice of Air Brake Program Completion form before you can go for the Road Test.
Out of Province Class 1 Drivers
Canadian Jurisdictions with MELT
If you have successfully completed an equivalent Class 1 or Class 2 MELT program in another Canadian jurisdiction, you are not required to take Alberta’s MELT program, the enhanced knowledge test or enhanced road test to get an Alberta Class 1 or Class 2 driver’s licence. However, you will need to provide proof that you have completed MELT as most jurisdictions are not currently recording this on the actual Driver’s Licence. We suggest that you do this in your home jurisdiction before coming to Alberta.
Canadian Jurisdictions without MELT
Drivers with a Class 1 or 2 licence for more than 24 months
If you have held a Class 1 or Class 2 driver’s licence from another Canadian jurisdiction for more than 24 months when you apply for an Alberta driver’s licence, you are not required to take Alberta’s MELT program, the enhanced knowledge test or the enhanced road test.
Drivers with a Class 1 or 2 licence for 12 to 24 months
If you have held a Class 1 or Class 2 driver’s licence from another Canadian jurisdiction for 12 to 24 months when you apply for an Alberta driver’s licence, you can choose to:
- take the Class 1 enhanced knowledge test and enhanced road test OR
- complete Alberta’s MELT Program and take the Class 1 enhanced knowledge test and enhanced road test
If you do not pass either the knowledge test or the road test on the first or second attempt, you must complete Alberta’s MELT Program.
Drivers with a Class 1 or 2 licence for less than 12 months
If you have held your Class 1 or Class 2 driver’s licence from another Canadian jurisdiction for less than 12 months when you apply for an Alberta driver’s licence, you must complete Alberta’s MELT Program prior to taking the enhanced knowledge test and the enhanced road test.
Transitional MELT Drivers
Drivers who hold an Alberta Class 1 licence but who tested between October 11, 2018 and February 28, 2019 are considered “Transitional MELT Drivers”. These individuals will be receiving a letter from Alberta Transportation requiring them to complete a new Knowledge Test and Road Test prior to March 1, 2020.
The first step is to take a no-charge Enhanced Knowledge Test for Class 1. It’s important to note that this test is enhanced to reflect the MELT course content. If the Transitional MELT Driver passes this test, he or she can then schedule a no-charge Enhanced Class 1 road test. If the first attempt at the Enhanced Class 1 Knowledge Test is not successful, one more attempt may be made, but the usual fee of $17.60 will apply. If the individual is unsuccessful on the second attempt, his or her Class 1 Driver’s Licence will no longer be valid and he or she will be downgraded to the class held before re-classing to Class 1. In order to obtain a commercial licence, the Transitional Melt Driver will need to complete the MELT Program.
As with the knowledge test, the first attempt at the Class 1 Road Test for Transitional MELT Drivers will be no charge, but the second test will be at cost ($217). If the second attempt at the road test is unsuccessful, the Transitional MELT Driver will be downgraded to the previous class held and will be required to complete the MELT program before re-testing can occur.
After passing the first or second road test as a transitional MELT driver, please contact Alberta Transportation so they can update your file to reflect that you have met the re-testing requirement and can retain your Class 1 license.
Re-classing to Class 1 Driver’s Licence
After you pass the Class 1 road test, you are ready to re-class your license. The fee for this service is $22.45.
Please note that you will have to provide a completed Medical Examination for Motor Vehicle Operators form which has been filled out by a physician. This will be required every five years to age 39, four years to age 40, 3 years to age 41, then every two years from age 42-62, and annually thereafter.