Alberta Driving Forms & Requirements

It's important to have a strong visual system in order to safely operate a motor vehicle. Depending on the type of drivers license you hold, you may have to meet a higher visual standard than those with a regular Class 5 license. If you have problems with the basic testing at the registry office, you may be referred to an optometrist for further testing.

The basic eye test at the registry office only checks
to see if you meet the minimum standard.

It's important for all adults to regularly have their eyes and vision checked by an optometrist to ensure that they are seeing as good as possible.

We recommend that parents bring their teenagers in for an eye exam prior to applying for their learners license or drivers license to ensure that their vision is adequate for driving the family car.

Remember,
Eyeglasses are cheaper than bumpers!

Visual Referral Report - Basic form for all new applicants and license renewals

Cost = Eye Exam + $No charge for drivers vision form*

To learn more about driving requirements, please visit the Government of Alberta Website at Alberta.ca


Alberta Drivers License Requirements

Class 1 - Professional - Any vehicle

  • Vision: 20/30 both eyes open, worse eye not less than 20/100
  • Visual Field: 150 continuous degrees horizontally and 20 degrees above and below fixation vertically*

Class 2 - Professional - Bus

  • Vision: 20/30 both eyes open, worse eye not less than 20/100
  • Visual Field: 150 continuous degrees horizontally and 20 degrees above and below fixation vertically*

Class 3 - 3-axle plus

  • Vision: 20/30 both eyes open, worse eye not less than 20/100
  • Visual Field: 150 continuous degrees horizontally and 20 degrees above and below fixation vertically*

Class 4 - Professional - Ambulance/Emergency

  • Vision: 20/30 both eyes open, worse eye not less than 20/100
  • Visual Field: 150 continuous degrees horizontally and 20 degrees above and below fixation vertically*

Class 4 - Professional - Taxi

  • Vision: 20/40 both eyes open, worse eye not less than 20/200
  • Visual Field: 120 continuous degrees horizontally and 15 degrees above and below fixation vertically*

Class 5 - 2-axle - Cars, Light Trucks, Motor Homes or Mopeds - Standard License

  • Vision: 20/50 both eyes open, worse eye not less than 20/200
  • Visual Field: 120 continuous degrees horizontally and 15 degrees above and below fixation vertically*

Class 5 - Professional

  • Vision: 20/40 both eyes open, worse eye not less than 20/200
  • Visual Field: 120 continuous degrees horizontally and 15 degrees above and below fixation vertically*

Class 6 - Motorcycle & Moped

  • 20/50 both eyes open, worse eye not less than 20/200
  • Visual Field: 120 continuous degrees horizontally and 15 degrees above and below fixation vertically*

Class 7 - Learners - 2-axel & Motorcycle & Moped

  • Vision: 20/50 both eyes open, worse eye not less than 20/200
  • Visual Field: 120 continuous degrees horizontally and 15 degrees above and below fixation vertically*

Colour Deficiency & Driving

Colour deficiency has not been shown to cause problems with driving, however, all drivers must show that they can differentiate between the different street light colours.


Double Vision (Diplopia) & Driving

Uncorrectable double vision (diplopia) is contraindicated in all drivers license classes in Alberta. For new onset double vision (diplopia), temporary eye patching may be permitted for up to 3 months in both Class 5 and 6 licenses.


*Visual Field Defects

  • Central or Peripheral Scotomas (field loss) - If detected, further testing must be ordered by your optometrist and an additional assessment by an ophthalmologist is required.
  • Hemianopsia & Quadranopsia - If a complete homononymous hemianopsia is detected, that individual is automatically disqualified from holding any drivers license level. Partial hemianopsia's or quadranopsia are based on individual circumstances and may be eligable to hold a drivers license. Further testing will be required.

 

*(additional charges may apply however if additional tests are required)