Jun 21, 2018
Is It Alberta License Renewal Time?
Renewing your driver’s license is part of being a responsible driver in Alberta. Do you know when you drivers license is up for renewal? It’s something that can slip your mind so make sure you renew your driver’s license well in advance to avoid any issues that could prevent you from driving.
Remember, if you license expires, you are not entitled to drive until it is properly renewed.
In this blog, we will outline everything you need to know about the Alberta driver’s license renewal process and answer common questions about renewing your driver’s license.
Key Facts About The Alberta Driver’s License Renewal Process
- Alberta licenses have a 1 to 5 year expiry date based on your license class and other factors.
- Driver’s license renewal must be done in person.
- 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.
- You can still renew your driver’s license after it expires.
- You may need to provide a completed medical exam form to renew.
- The Government of Alberta does NOT mail reminder letters. You can sign up for an email or text renewal reminder.
How To Renew Alberta Driver’s License
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 your driver’s license, you will need to provide :
- Your current driver’s license
- A completed renewal form
- A medical form (if applicable)
You will receive a temporary driver license to use until your new driver’s license arrives in the mail.
Alberta Driver’s License Renewal For Expired Licenses
Forgetting to renew your driver’s license can happen. If your driver’s license has expired, don’t panic. You can still renew it. In Alberta, 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. You’ll need to show a birth certificate, passport, and other documents.
Expired Alberta driver’s license renewal requirements change once three years have passed. At this point you will be required to re-test and pass a knowledge test and basic road test. If you pass, you will get your driver’s license back.
Can You Renew An Alberta Driver's License Online?
You must renew your driver’s license in person. Drivers do not have the option for online driver’s license renewal in Alberta.
Alberta Driver’s License Renewal For Out Of Province Drivers
If you are a new resident to 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 home/ 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.
Replacing Your Driver’s License While Temporarily Out Of The Province
If you are out of the province and need to renew your Alberta driver’s license you can apply for a Condition Code F service. This allows the province to send you a new license without you having to be physically present at a registry office.
You can renew your license for 1 year. You are not eligible for this service if your license is suspended or has been expired for more than 6 months.
How Much Does Alberta Driver’s License Renewal Cost?
Alberta driver’s license renewal fees vary based on the number of years you renew your license for. The cost to renew your driver’s license can range from $21 (for one year) up to $84 (for five years). An additional $7.35 will be applied to out of province drivers licenses.
Can I Renew My Alberta Driver’s License Early?
Yes. You can renew your driver’s license up to one year in advance of expiration. If you require a medical form for renewal, you may not have this option available to you.
Alberta Driver’s License Renewal For Seniors
Driver’s license renewal for seniors is the same process. It does not change until you reach 75. At 75 you will require a medical report signed by your doctor. Once you reach 80, you will be required to renew every two years.
Alberta Driver’s License Renewal Medical Form
Alberta drivers license renewal at age 75 requires to you provide a completed medical exam form. 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
Do I Have To Renew A Lost Driver’s License?
If you’ve lost or had your driver’s license stolen, visit a registry office to get a replacement license. You will need to provide valid photo identification and pay a replacement fee of $22.45.
What Do you Do If Your License Expires?
If your driver’s license expires, visit a registry agent as soon as possible to renew it. Remember, you cannot drive once your license expires.
What Is The Fine For Driving With Expired License In Alberta?
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 rates increase or have difficulty getting coverage when you policy comes up for renewal.
Do I Have To Get A Photo When Renewing My Driver’s License?
If your photo is four years or older, you will have a new photo taken when you go to renew your driver’s license.
When Will I Get My Alberta Driver’s License Renewal Reminder?
The government of Alberta no longer sends out driver license renewal reminders. Check the back of your driver’s license to see the expiry date.
Is There A Grace Period For Renewing A Driver’s License In Alberta?
While there is no official grace period for renewing your license, you do have 6 months to renew without having to take additional steps.
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