As you are planning on coming to Canada, you will probably want to drive here. For this reason, it is important to know exactly what you need to do in order to drive here legally. If you already have a licence in your home country that you need to check if that licence can be swapped for a Canadian driving licence or if you will need to take a driving test in Canada. Each province in Canada has slightly different rules around how to do this. Take a look below at the process of getting your driving licence in Alberta, Canada.
Exchange a licence from another country with a reciprocal licence exchange agreement
If you’re exchanging a valid driver’s licence from one of the countries in the list below, you can get your Alberta licence without taking a knowledge or road test: Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Isle of Man, Japan, Republic of Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States.
To exchange your licence for an Alberta driver’s licence, you must:
- hand in your valid licence to a registry agent
- provide proof of 2 or more years of driving experience, if you want to be issued a full Class 5 licence
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Exchange a licence with a country that doesn’t have a reciprocal licence exchange agreement
To exchange a licence from a country that doesn’t have an agreement, you’ll need to pass a knowledge and road test.
Step 1. Exchange your driver’s licence
Visit a registry agent and hand in your valid driver’s licence that is equivalent or higher to an Alberta Class 5 licence.
The registry agent will check to see if you can apply for the Graduated Driver’s Licence (GDL) exemption program and will give you an application to complete.
Step 2. Pass a Class 7 knowledge test
Visit a registry agent and take a knowledge test.
Your licence, application for GDL exemption and support documents will be sent to the Alberta Government for review.
Step 3. Get a full Class 5 licence
There are 2 ways you can get a full Class 5 licence:
if you can prove that you have more than 2 years of driving experience, you’ll need to pass an advanced road test
if you cannot prove more than 2 years driving experience, you’ll need to pass a basic road test to get a Class 5 GDL licence
once you have more than 2 years driving experience, you’ll need to pass an advanced road test to get a full Class 5 driver’s licence