Driver's Licences & ID Cards

 

 

Basic Qualifications

Parental Consent – Anyone under 18 years of age that is not married or self-supporting must provide consent from a parent or guardian for a first time licence/ID Card or vehicle registration. The parent or guardian must present acceptable identification, and accompany the minor to the office.

 

Vision Requirements/Medical Documentation - You will be required to pass an eye exam, with the minimum standard determined by the class of licence you are requesting. Medicals are required for driver's licences at certain intervals based on age, the first one required at age 75. Also, anyone applying for a class 1, 2, or 4 licence will need to have a medical submitted. Regardless of age or class of licence, you are legally obligated to report any existing medical condition, disability, or disease. You may submit directly to Alberta Transportation for review, or we can do so on your behalf.

 

Residency – Individuals must be legal residents of Alberta, and legally present in Canada. In order to obtain an Alberta driver's licence or identification card, you must provide proof (work visa, permanent resident card, Canadian Citizenship, etc.) that you are lawfully entitled to be in Canada and proof that you are an Alberta resident (utility bill, residential lease agreement, letter from Alberta based employer etc.)

 

 

Proof of Identification Requirements

When you apply for a motor vehicle service, we must verify your identity through a strict identity confirmation process. We require information/documents to satisfy all three of the following categories.

 

 

1. Who You Are * – Photo documents that contain your legal name and date of birth. 

 

  • Alberta operator's licence or identification card

  • Photo driver's licence (from another jurisdiction)

  • Passport (if it is a foreign country passport, you must have an appropriate immigration document as well)

  • Permanent Resident Card

  • Citizenship Card

  • Firearms Possession Certificate

  • Métis Nation of Alberta Card (new version)

  • Secure Certificate of Indian Status Card (Federal Issued)

 

2. What You Need to Have * – Support documents that contain two data elements such as name, date of birth, signature, or address. A second item from the first category is acceptable.

 

  • Birth or Marriage Certificate

  • Work Visa or Student Visa

  • Telephone, cable, gas, or utility bill

  • Government employee ID

  • Health Care Card

 

The following are NOT acceptable:

 

  • Interim/temporary driver's licence

  • Business cards

  • Membership cards (ie, Costco, Video, Grocery Store cards)

  • Insurance Pink Cards or Registration Cards

 

3. What You Need To Know – Verification of personal information against the Motor Vehicles System, such as your phone number, address, previous address, vehicle registrations, etc.

 

* This is not an all inclusive list, please contact us if you have questions regarding presentation of an unmentioned document.

 

PLEASE NOTE:
• Expired documents will not be accepted.
• Photocopies will not be accepted.
• Illegible documents will not be accepted.


Out of Province/Country Drivers Licence Exchanges

If you are a new resident to the province, you may apply for an Alberta Driver's Licence.

 

Canadian Licence exchange:

A valid licence from another Canadian jurisdiction can be exchanged for the equivalent Alberta class. Testing is not normally required, but medical and vision requirements must be met. You will be required to surrender your home jurisdiction licence. You will be required to provide proof of residency, and additional identification. Please read above regarding basic requirements and Proof of Identification Requirements.

 

United States of America Licence exchange:

A valid licence from the United States can be exchanged for a Class 5, 6, or 7 when the applicant is presenting a valid licence of an equivalent class. All other classes (professional classes) requested would require testing. You will be required to provide proof of residency, immigration documents and additional identification. Please read above regarding basic requirements and Proof of Identification Requirements.

 

Reciprocal Country Licence Exchange:

In addition to the United States, the following countries have Reciprocal Licensing Agreements with Alberta:

 

  • Austria

  • Australia

  • Belgium

  • France

  • Germany

  • Isle of Man

  • Japan

  • Northern Ireland

  • Republic of Korea

  • Switzerland

  • United Kingdom (UK) of Great Britain (excluding Southern Ireland)

 

A valid licence from these countries can be exchanged for a Class 5 when the applicant is presenting a valid licence of an equivalent class. A Class 6 operator's licence will only be issued to valid Swiss Class A, A1 licence and a Japanese International driver's licence which permits the holder to operate a motorcycle. All other classes requested would require testing. You will be required to provide proof of residency, immigration documents, and additional identification. Please read above regarding basic requirements and Proof of Identification Requirements.

 

Non-Reciprocal Country Licence Exchange:

If you have a licence from a country other than the ones specified above, you will first have to complete a knowledge exam and be issued a Class 7 licence. You will be required to surrender your out-of-country licence, before being issued a Class 7 licence. Your out-of-country licence will be forwarded to the government for authentication. You may be exempt from the GDL Program if you are submitting a class 5 equivalent licence. This means you will have your waiting periods waived if approved. You will wait approximately 10 days for approval. Once approved, you can take a road test. If you have between one and two years driving experience, you may only take the basic road test, and once passed will be issued a Class 5GDL licence. If you have more than 2 years driving experience, you may take the Advanced road test, and once passed will be issued a class 5 licence (no GDL). All licences surrendered must be in English, or have a translation by an approved translator. Please read above regarding basic requirements and Proof of Identification Requirements. Some countries may require extra documents, such as a certification or authentication letter. Please ask our staff for more details. Or see the guide: http://www.servicealberta.ca/pdf/mv/MASTER_GDL_UG_2010AUG05.pdf   

 

Replace a Lost or Stolen Driver's Licence/ID Card

You will be required to meet the Proof of Identification Requirements above. If you have a picture on the Motor Vehicle System, we can use this as one requirement. This means you will still need to present one piece of acceptable identification, and answer knowledge verification questions. If you have had your licence stolen, you should report it to the RCMP. We will ask you to provide a file number in this case. We will issue you a temporary licence, and your permanent card will come in the mail in 5-10 business days.

 

Change of Address

Please bring your existing licence and a second piece of acceptable identification. Please read the Proof of Identification Requirements above for additional information. We will issue you a temporary licence, and your permanent card will come in the mail in 5-10 business days.

 

Renewing your Driver's Licence/ID Card

Please bring your existing licence and a second piece of ID. Please read above for Basic Requirements and Proof of Identification Requirements. If your licence has been expired for more than 6 months, you will also be required to provide proof of residency. If your licence has been expired for more than 3 years, you will be required to also undergo all testing. We will issue you a temporary licence, and your permanent card will come in the mail in 5-10 business days.