Oct 7, 2021
What You Need To Know About Renewing Your Alberta license
Renewing your driver’s license is part of being a responsible driver in Alberta.
Do you know when yours is up for renewal? It’s something that can slip your mind and the government of Alberta no longer sends out renewal reminders. Check the back of your driver’s license to see the expiry date and sign up for electronic reminders.
Remember, if it expires, you are not entitled to drive until it is properly renewed.
What Do I Need To Renew My License in Alberta?
Alberta driver’s license renewal requirements are simpler than most drivers realize. For drivers in good standing, to renew you will need to provide :
- Your current driver’s license
- A completed renewal form
- Drivers with any medical conditions, 75 years or older, or who hold a professional Class 1, 2 and 4, must bring a medical form.
You will receive a 30-day temporary driver license to use until your new one arrives in the mail.
How To Renew Alberta Driver’s License
Renewing your Alberta driver’s license is a straightforward process. It’s important to remember that you cannot renew online, and you must visit a registry agent. Here’s a look at how the renewal process will look :
- Alberta licenses have a 1 to 5 year expiry date based on your class and other factors.
- Your driver’s license always expired on your birthday (not the last day of your birth month).
- Your expiration date will be on the back of your driver’s license.
- If your photo is four years or older, you will have a new photo taken when you go to renew.
If you do not require a medical for renewal, you can renew up to one year before the expiry date on the back of your license.
To ensure you don’t miss your expiry date, consider if you are planning a vacation, you’re moving, or have any travel or life events happening that may make it difficult to renew your card when it expires.
If you require a renewal but are unable to attend a registry in person due to being medically homebound or temporarily outside the province, you can apply for a new license by completing a Remote Driver’s license/ID Card application.
How To Renew Expired Drivers License Alberta
Forgetting to renew your driver’s license can happen. If it has expired, don’t panic - you have up to six months to renewal your driver’s license once it expires. Keep in mind that once your license expires, you cannot drive until it’s renewed.
After six months, in addition to providing your license and renewal form, you will also have to provide proof of residency in Alberta (utility bill, lease agreement, etc) birth certificate, passport, and potentially other documents.
If your license expired more than three years ago, you will be required to re-test and pass a knowledge test and basic road test.
Alberta Driver’s License Renewal For Out Of Province Drivers
If you are a new resident of Alberta, you will be required to get an Alberta driver’s license. The process for closing out the out of province license requires the province to notify your previous province you have applied for an Alberta driver’s license. This will cost an additional $7.35 on top of the usual renewal fee.
If you are out of the province and need to renew your Alberta driver’s license you can apply for a Condition Code F, or a temporary license. This allows the province to send you a new one without you having to be physically present at a registry office.
You can renew for 1 year. You are not eligible for this service if your license is suspended (such as to many demerit points) or has been expired for more than six months.
How Much Does Alberta Driver’s License Renewal Cost?
Alberta driver’s license renewal fees vary based on the number of years you choose to renew for. The cost can range from $21 (for one year) up to $93 (for five years). An additional $7.35 will be applied to out of province drivers’ licenses.
Be sure to check before you go – the price will vary on which registry you attend.
Alberta Driver’s License Renewal For Seniors
Aging is part of life, and it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the freedom of driving. Driver’s license renewal for seniors is the same process, but at 75 you will require a medical exam signed by your doctor. Once you reach 80, you will be required to renew every two years.
Alberta Driver’s License Renewal Medical Form
When it comes to driving, it comes down to the ability and not age, which is why elder Alberta drivers need to provide a medical form.
Before reaching 75, you will receive a letter reminding you to schedule an health exam in order for you to renew. The test will review your overall health and look at these areas to ensure you can drive safely :
- Vision and hearing
- Blood pressure
- Cognitive abilities
You will also need to provide a medical form if :
- You have a medical condition that could impact your ability to drive.
- You have a class 1, 2, or 4 driver’s license.
Where Are The Alberta Driver’s License Renewal Locations?
You can renew your driver’s license at any registry agent location in the province. Find a registry agent here.
Alberta Driver’s License Renewal FAQs
If you are caught driving with an expired driver’s license you could face a fine of up to $200. You could also see your Alberta car insurance increase or have difficulty getting coverage when it comes time for renewal.
If you’ve lost or had your driver’s license stolen or destroyed, visit a registry office to get a replacement. You will need to provide valid photo identification.
While there is no official grace period for renewing your license, you do have 6 months to renew without having to take additional steps.
You can renew your driver’s license at any registry agent location in the province. Find a registry agent online.
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