Driving Resources for New Albertans

New to Alberta? Get the right paperwork so you can drive legally here.

Q: I’ve just arrived from another province. How do I get an Alberta licence? You’ll need to register it within 90 days and have to get an out-of-province inspection done. Depending on the age of the vehicle and its history, you may be exempt. Under the law, you can’t hold two licences at the same time, so be prepared to surrender your old one. You’ll need to take a vision test, but as long your out-of-province licence is valid, you won’t need to take the written or road exam.

Q: I brought my car with me from another province. Do I need to register it? Yes, you’ll need to register it within 90 days and you’ll have to get an out-of-province inspection done. All vehicles brought into Alberta must be registered within 90 days of establishing permanent residency. Depending on the age of the vehicle and its history, you may be exempt.

Q: I’ve just arrived from another country. Can I exchange my licence? If you’re from a reciprocal country (Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Isle of Man, Japan, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Republic of Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States), you have 90 days to exchange your out-of-country licence for an Alberta class 5 driver’s licence. You’ll need to bring in your old licence and proof of residency. Depending on your age or licence you are applying for, you may need to have a driver’s medical exam done by a physician. Learn more.

Q: I’ve never driven in snow before? Can I take lessons? AMA offers a half-day winter driving program to help new drivers learn how to drive safely in Alberta winters. In this in-class and in-vehicle program, you’ll also learn emergency manoeuvres and skid recovery, as well as understanding visibility, traction, steering, braking and accelerating. AMA also offers Brush-up Lessons, which allow you to customize your learning to suit your driving needs. Need to complete a road test? You can also schedule a road test with AMA.

To find out more about driving in Alberta, check out the AMA website.

 

 


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