Alberta Driver’s License

Renewing Alberta Driver’s License

  • Bring in your Alberta Driver’s License.

Changing your Address or Other information on your Alberta Driver’s License

  • Bring in your current Alberta License.
  • Changing your name for marriage or legal name change will require you also bring in your original marriage or legal name change document
  • To correct an error in the name will require your proof of legal entitlement

Replacing a Lost License

  • Bring in two pieces of valid ID. – Valid Passport, Alberta Health Card, Birth Certificate, Canadian Citizenship Card/Document etc.

Changing the Class of your License

  • Bring in your current license
  • Secondary piece of ID
  • Test permits proving that you have passed the knowledge and road test

Out of Province Driver’s License

Out of Province Driver’s License Exchange

If you have moved to Alberta from another Canadian jurisdiction you are required to switch to an Alberta license within 90 days of entering the province.

To switch your license you will require:

  • Your current license – if you do not have your current license we will require a written confirmation from the licensing authority or an abstract that is dated within the last 90 days.
  • Proof of address – Alberta Residency Documents (PDF)
  • Proof of your Legal Entitlement – Valid Canadian Passport, Canadian Birth Certificate, Indian Status Card, Canada Work/Study Permit, Permanent Resident Document/Card, Canadian Citizenship Document/Card.

Switching a US License to an Alberta License

When you move from the US to Canada you are required to switch to an Alberta license within 90 days of entering the province.

To switch your license you will require:

  • Your US License – if the license is expired or lost you will require a written confirmation letter from the licensing authority.
  • Proof of your Alberta Address – Alberta Residency Documents (PDF)
  • Proof of your Legal Entitlement – Valid Canadian Passport, Canadian Birth Certificate, Indian Status Card, Work/Study Permit, Permanent Resident Document/Card, Canadian Citizenship Document/Card.

Reciprocal Out of Country License Exchanges

The following countries have a reciprocal agreement with Alberta which allows the licenses to be exchanged without any testing required. You must have 2 full years of driving history showing to be exempt from the GDL program. Commercial licenses and learner permits are not part of this agreement. If your license is not valid you do not qualify for the exchange, you must first renew your license before you can exchange it.

To get an Alberta license you will require:

  • Proof of your Alberta Address – Alberta Residency Documents (PDF)
  • Proof of your Legal Entitlement – Valid Canadian Passport, Canadian Birth Certificate, Indian Status Card, Canada Work/Study Permit, Permanent Resident Document/Card, Canadian Citizenship Document/Card.
  • If the license is not in English a certified translation of the license and/or your International Driving permit is required along with any supporting documentation you have
  • International driving permit (If Applicable) 
  • Your current license from the reciprocal agreement country – see list below for qualifying countries and license classes.
    • Australia
      • Valid class R (rider) for an Alberta class 6
      • Valid class C (car), LR (light rigid), MR (medium rigid), HR (heavy rigid), HC (heavy combination) or MC (multi combination) for an Alberta class 5
    • Austria
      • Valid class B license for an Alberta class 5
    • Belgium
      • Valid class B license for an Alberta class 5
    • France
      • Valid class B license for an Alberta class 5
    • Germany (Deutschland)
      • Valid class 2, 3, B, BE, C, CE, C1, D, DE, D4 or D1E license for an Alberta class 5
    • Isle of Man
      • Valid class A or A1 for an Alberta class 6
      • Valid class B, C, C1, D, D1, B+E, C+E, D+E or D1+E for an Alberta class 5
    • Japan
      • Valid license for an Alberta class 5
    • Netherlands
      • Valid class B license for an Alberta class 5
    • Northern Ireland
      • Valid class A or A1 for an Alberta class 6
      • Valid class B, B1, C, C1, D, D1, B+E, C+E, D+E or D1+E for an Alberta class 5
    • Republic of Korea
      • Valid Class 2 Ordinary or Class 1 for an Alberta class 5
    • Switzerland
      • Valid class A or A1 for an Alberta class 6
      • Valid class B, C, C1, D, D1 for an Alberta class 5
    • Taiwan (Republic of China)
      • Valid class B, C, D, or E license for an Alberta class 5
    • United Kingdom
      • Valid Class B, Group A (if issued before April 1,1990)

License from a Non-Reciprocal Country

When your license is from a country that has not signed a reciprocal agreement you can apply for a GDL exemption. The GDL exemption process allows you to gain credit for the time that you have been driving in the other country.

To apply for the GDL exemption you will need to:

  • Take a knowledge test
  • Submit your foreign license, international license and any supporting documents
  • Submit a certified translation if the license or documents are not in English
  • Come back to the registry office in 3-4 weeks to find out Alberta Motor Vehicles decision based on the submitted documentation

Additional Documents (PDF)

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