In Ontario, the type of truck license you need depends on:

  1. Vehicle Weight: The weight of the truck, towed vehicle, and their combined weight.
  2. Vehicle Type: Whether it’s a tractor-trailer or another type of truck.
  3. Air Brakes: Whether or not the vehicle has air brakes.

All licenses require a written test and a road test. You may also need government-approved training. If you have a truck driver’s license from another province, your Ontario license will generally be the same class. Upgrading your license requires taking tests in an approved vehicle.


A Class 1 license in Alberta allows you to operate a motor vehicle and towed vehicles where the towed vehicles exceed a total gross weight of 4,600 kg. It is typically used for driving commercial transport trucks, tractor-trailers, and other large vehicles.

To obtain a Class 1 license, you need to complete several steps, including obtaining a Class 1 knowledge test permit, passing a written knowledge test, and completing a road test. You’ll also need to meet other requirements like age and medical fitness.

To get a knowledge test permit, you’ll need to visit a registry office, complete an application, pay the required fees, and provide necessary identification and documents. Once you have the permit, you can study for the knowledge test.3

The knowledge test typically covers topics related to traffic laws, road signs, and safe driving practices. Study materials are available to help you prepare.

The Class 1 road test assesses your practical driving skills. You can prepare for it by practicing with a qualified instructor or through a driving school. Make sure to review the Alberta Commercial Driver’s Guide, which contains valuable information on the road test.

Yes, you’ll need to meet specific medical requirements. You may be required to complete a medical examination by a certified medical professional. Your medical fitness will be assessed as part of the application process.

While formal training is not mandatory, it is highly recommended. Many individuals choose to enroll in driving schools or training programs to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to pass the tests.

The costs associated with obtaining a Class 1 license can vary, including fees for the knowledge test permit, written knowledge test, road test, medical examination, and any training you choose to take.

There may be certain restrictions for new Class 1 drivers, such as a probationary period. It’s essential to familiarize yourself with any restrictions and requirements that apply to your specific situation.

Class 1 licenses in Alberta need to be renewed, typically every five years. Be sure to keep your license up to date by renewing it as required.

You can find detailed information, study guides, and resources on the Alberta Transportation website or by visiting a local registry office. Additionally, speaking with a qualified driving instructor or school can provide valuable guidance.

Alberta driver handbook