Licensing Info

ALBERTA’S GRADUATED LICENSING SYSTEM

Please visit Alberta Transportation for complete information.

RENEWING AN OPERATOR’S LICENSE

Renewal forms for operator’s licenses are generally mailed to clients four to six weeks before the expiry of the license. Renewals must be done in person. Only residents of Alberta are eligible to renew. Anyone 75 years or older is required to submit a medical report and have their vision checked. Medical reports are also required for holders of Class 1, 2, and 4 licenses and for all licenses with a condition code “C” endorsement.

REPLACING A LOST OR STOLEN LICENSE

If your license has been lost, stolen or destroyed, you may obtain a replacement license by visiting our office. You will be required to present two pieces of identification, preferably a Birth Certificate, Passport, Social Insurance Card, Credit Card, a recent T4 slip, your Current Tax Return or Tax Assessment. A signature and birthdate must be included in the pieces of ID you bring. For stolen licenses, you will need to bring in a police report along with above ID’s.

EXCHANGING A NON-ALBERTA OPERATOR LICENSE

A valid license from another Canadian jurisdiction can be exchanged for an equivalent class (Classes 1 through 7). Testing is not normally required, but a vision test and a medical are necessary when exchanging for a Class 1, 2 or 4 license.

A valid license from an American jurisdiction can be exchanged for a Class 5, 6, or 7 license only. Residency requirements must be met before an Alberta license will be issued.

Anyone coming from outside Canada and the United States is required to meet residency requirements and to undergo complete testing. Applicants exchanging a license from Austria, Belgium, France Germany, Japan, Korea, Switzerland, or United Kingdom will not be required to undergo testing because of our reciprocal licensing agreements with these countries.

IDENTIFICATION CARD

A photo identification card is available to an individual who is not the holder of a valid Alberta Operator’s License. The card is clearly marked for identification purposes and does not entitle the person to operate a motor vehicle under any circumstances. To obtain an ID card the person must bring in two pieces of identification.  A Birth Certificate or Passport is required.  The other ID can be a social insurance card, credit card, or debit card it if has your name on it. The minimum age is 12, and applicants under the age of 18 must provide parental consent.

DRIVERS ABSTRACT

A Driver’s Abstract shows your driving history for the previous 3, 5, or 10 years. You must apply in person or provide a letter of authorization for the person who will pick it up for you.

LICENSE CLASSES

Class 1 License

Permits an operator to drive:

  • any motor vehicle, or combination of vehicles, other than a motorcycle
  • class 6 type vehicles, for learning only

The minimum learning or licensing age is 18. Requirements: vision screening, written and road test, medical report and airbrake certificate. Vehicle for road test: tractor-trailer combination with three or more axles and air brakes.

Class 2 License

Permits an operator to drive:

  • any motor vehicle, or combination of vehicles, that the holder of a Class 3, 4 and 5 operator’s license may operate;
  • any bus
  • classes 1 and 6 type vehicles, for learner only

The minimum learning or licensing age is 18. Requirements: vision screening, written and road test, and medical report, airbrake certificate for vehicle with airbrakes. Vehicle for road test: a bus with a seating capacity exceeding 24 including the operator.

Class 3 License

Permits an operator to drive:

  • any motor vehicle, or combination of vehicles that the holder of a Class 5 operator’s license may operate
  • a single motor vehicle with three or more axles
  • a motor vehicle with three or more axles towing a trailer with one or more axles, if the trailer is not equipped with airbrakes
  • classes 2 and 4 type vehicles without passengers
  • all motor vehicles included under Class 1, 2 and 6, for learning onlyNo holder of a Class 3 operator’s license shall operate a motor vehicle:
  • that has a seating capacity of more than 15, while that vehicle is transporting any person including the operator
  • to transport passengers for hire

The minimum learning or licensing age is 18. Requirements: vision screening, written and road test, airbrake certificate if the vehicle is equipped with airbrakes. Vehicle for road test: any single motor vehicle having three or more axles.

Class 4 License

Permits an operator to drive:

  • a taxi, ambulance or bus (including school or kindergarten buses) where seating capacity is not over 24, excluding the operator
  • all motor vehicles included under Class 5
  • all motor vehicles included under Classes 1, 2, 3 and 6, for learning only

The minimum learning or licensing age is 18. Requirements: vision screening, written test, medical report, road test required if operator does not hold a class 1, 2 or 3 license. Vehicle for road test: any two axle motor vehicle, excluding a motorcycle.

Class 5 License

Permits an operator to drive:

  • a two axle single motor vehicle, excluding a motorcycle
  • a two axle motor vehicle towing a trailer with one or more axles, if the trailer is not equipped with airbrakes
  • a recreational vehicle or any combination of a recreational vehicle and a trailer, if the trailer has not more than two axles and is not equipped with airbrakes
  • a moped
  • Classes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 type vehicles, for learning onlyNo holder of a Class 5 operator’s license shall operate a motor vehicle:
  • that has a seating capacity of more than 15, while that vehicle is transporting any person including the operator
  • to transport for hire

The minimum learning age is 14. The minimum licensing age is 16.

Requirements: road test. Vehicle for road test: any two axle motor vehicle excluding a motorcycle.

Class 6 License

Permits an operator to drive:

  • a motorcycle or a moped
  • all motor vehicles under Class 5, for learning only

The minumum learning age is 16. Requirements: written and road test.
Vehicle for road test: motorcyle without sidecar.

The minimum learning age is 14. The minimum licensing age is 16.
Requirements: road test. Vehicle for road test: motorcycle.

Class 7 License

Permits an operator to drive:

  • a moped
  • a motor vehicle referred to in the Class 5 category, as a learner only
  • a motorcycle, as a learner only, if the operator is at least 16 years of age The minimum learning or licensing age is 14. Requirements: written test and vision screening.

PRICE LIST – GST Included

Renewal of an Operator’s License – $84.45

Replacement License – $22.45

Exchanging a non-Alberta Operator’s License – $91.80

ID Card – $49.45

Driver’s Abstract (3, 5 or 10 year) $30.75

Licensing Information Copyright Alberta Municipal Affairs These pages are provided for information only and are not intended to be used as authorative legal advice. While intended to be accurate, All Licenses Ltd. does not guarantee the quality, accuracy or completeness of any information on our web pages. All information is provided “as is” without warranty or condition of any kind.