Driver Licensing

Obtaining a Driver’s Abstract

Standard and commercial driver’s abstracts can be obtained in our office. These are available for 3, 5 or 10 years.


Renewing Your License or Identification Card

The Alberta government will mail you an operator renewal courtesy notice approximately 4 to 6 weeks before your license is due to expire. It is not a requirement to bring this form in for renewal. All identification/operator services must be done in person. You will be required to present your operator license or identification card at the time of service. A medical report is required for a class 1, 2 and 4 operator license and any class license with a condition code “C”.


Replacing Your Lost or Stolen License

If your identification/operator license has been lost, stolen or destroyed, you will be required to produce one piece of valid identification. Examples of this could be: valid passport, Alberta health card, or birth certificate. Please contact our office for a more detailed list of acceptable identification.


First Applications for an Identification Card or Driver’s License

If you are under the age of 18, you will be required to come in with your parent or legal guardian, in addition to meeting Alberta Registry policy requirements. Anyone 18 and above will be required to show Alberta residency, legal presence in Canada and one piece of supporting identification.


Examples of Alberta Residency:

  • Pay stub from current employer

(Electronic, Internet or Mailed)

  • Utility bill
  • Telephone bill
  • Gas bill
  • Cable TV bill


(Original Mailed)

  • Bank statement
  • Credit card statement
  • Cell phone bill


Examples of Legal Presence:

  • Birth certificate (if you were born in Canada)
  • Canadian passport
  • Record of landing
  • Permanent resident card
  • Canadian citizenship certificate
  • Visitor record
  • Canadian Indian status card
  • Work visa (must not be expiring in the next 90 days)
  • NESUX card


The above examples are not all inclusive. Please contact our office for a more detailed list.


Out-of-Province Licenses

A valid operator license from a Canadian jurisdiction can be exchanged for the equivalent class license in Alberta. We will require your valid out-of-province operator license, proof of Alberta residency and legal presence. The out of province license will be sent back to that jurisdiction as it is illegal to be in possession of two licenses.


A valid operator license from an American jurisdiction can be exchanged for a class 7, 6 or 5 only. We will require your operator license, proof of Alberta residency and legal presence in Canada.


For operator licenses with a jurisdiction outside of North America, please contact our office for information pertaining to the documents you will be required to produce.


License Requirements

Class 7

  • Be 14 years of age or older
  • Pass the knowledge test and vision screening
  • Parent or guardian consent (if you are under the age of 18)

Class 6

  • Be 16 years of age or older
  • Pass the class 6 knowledge test and vision screening
  • Pass the class 6 road test

Class 5 GDL

  • Be 16 years of age or older
  • Pass the class 5 basic road test
  • Must have held a class 7 learners license for at least a one year duration

Class 5 (Non-Probationary/Fully Licensed)

  • Must be exempt from any operator suspensions for the last year of the two year probationary time
  • Must pass the class 5 advanced road test

Class 4

  • Must not be a probationary driver (class 5 or 6 GDL)
  • Must have the air brake “Q” endorsement, as this is required to operate air brake equipped vehicles
  • Obtain a medical examination for motor vehicle operators
  • Pass the class 4 knowledge test and vision screening test
  • Pass the class 4 road test

Class 3

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must not be a probationary driver (class 5 or 6 GDL)
  • Must have the air brake “Q” endorsement, as this is required to operate air brake equipped vehicles
  • Pass the class 3 knowledge test and vision screening test
  • Pass the class 3 road test

Class 2

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must not be a probationary driver (class 5 or 6 GDL)
  • Must have the air brake “Q” endorsement, as this is required to operate air brake equipped vehicles
  • Obtain a medical examination for motor vehicle operators
  • Pass the class 2 knowledge test and vision screening test
  • Pass the class 2 road test

Class 1

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must not be a probationary driver (class 5 or 6 GDL)
  • Must have air brake “Q” endorsement as mandatory for class 1
  • Obtain a medical examination for motor vehicle operators
  • Pass the class 1 knowledge test and vision screening test
  • Pass the class 1 road test

Drivers Manuals and Practice Tests


For more information on driver licensing please visit Service Alberta.

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