If you have moved to Alberta from another province and you hold a valid driver’s license from your home jurisdiction, you are entitled to exchange your driver’s license for an Alberta License of the same class, in most cases. Please note that you will have to surrender your current license as it is an offence to hold more than one license at a time.
Your out-of-province license will serve as your photo ID, but we will still need to verify your Legal Status in Canada and your Alberta Residency. Please bring us one document for each of these two categories. Remember that you have 90 days from the time you arrive in Alberta to change over your license, so this should be enough time to set up a residence and receive a bank statement or other mailed document by mail.
Closing Out the Out of Province License
We are required to “close out” your out-of-province licence, letting your home province know that you have applied for an Alberta license. If there are any restrictions or fines on your license, we will be unable to close out and exchange the licence until you have resolved these restrictions and paid any outstanding fines to your home province.
The fee for the closing out your out of province license is $7 plus the usual $93 fee for a five year license will apply (unless you are required to renew for a shorter period).
Your current license or ID card will be shredded in front of you and you will leave our office with a paper interim license which does not have a photo. It will take approximately 2 weeks to receive the actual card in the mail. If you haven’t received the new card within 21 days, call 780 427-7013 for an explanation of the delay. Then, please come back to our office with your temporary ID or Driver’s License and a piece of ID so we can order a replacement.
In Alberta you are required to come into the registry in person for all driver’s license services – you cannot authorize another individual to do this on your behalf. There is no “rush” service available for driver’s licenses – they are printed off-site.