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Visitors from outside the country, including Ukrainian evacuees, who enter Alberta and do not live in Alberta permanently, can drive the same type or class of motor vehicle in Alberta on their existing driver’s licence from their home jurisdiction for up to one year.
It is recommended that you carry an International Driving Permit, which translates what your Ukrainian driver’s licence allows you to operate into English. Information on getting an International Driving Permit is available at: Exchange a licence from outside Alberta.
If you are living in Alberta and take up residence, you must exchange your current driver’s licence for an Alberta driver’s licence within 90 days of moving to the province.
To get a driver’s licence or Alberta ID card for the first time, a registry agent will ask for documentation that proves who you are, proves you are an Alberta resident and proves that you are lawfully entitled to be in and remain in Canada. All documentation presented must be valid, and in English or accompanied by a written translation from an approved translator.
If you are applying for a driver’s licence and you already have a valid driver’s licence(s) from another jurisdiction, you must surrender it to the registry agent.
Your Alberta driver’s licence or ID card may take up to two weeks to arrive by mail at your Alberta address. The card will not be delivered if you have mail-forwarding.
To get a Class 7 driver’s licence (for example, learner for cars but can drive mopeds alone), a person must be at least 14 years old.
To get a Class 5 driver’s licence (drive cars and trucks alone), a person must be at least 16 years old.
To get an identification card, a person must be at least 12 years old.
Proof of identity
Documents that contain a photo and prove your identity include:
* non-Canadian passport
* a driver’s licence or ID card issued by an official government
* permanent residence card issued by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
Examples of documents that are accepted for proof of legal entitlement in Canada (these documents may also contain a photo and can be used to prove your identity):
* Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) issued by IRCC
* work permit issued by IRCC
* study permit issued by IRCC
* confirmation of permanent residence issued by IRCC
* permanent residence card issued by IRCC
Example of documents that are accepted for proof of Alberta residency, which must contain an Alberta address:
* utility, gas, phone or cable bills
* bank or credit card statements
* residential lease agreement
* pay stub
* written confirmation of Alberta employment
* written confirmation from an Alberta educational institution
* statutory declaration completed in a registry agent office stating you are a resident of Alberta
No proof of identity
If you do not have ID, or your ID has been lost, stolen, or destroyed a registry agent can help you. Contact a registry agent office to determine the options available to you.
Parental or guardian consent requirement for children under the age of 18
A person under the age of 18 must have the consent of a parent or guardian when applying for a driver’s licence or ID card for the first time. A guardian is someone who is responsible for the care and well-being of the person who is under the age of 18.
The cost of a driver’s licence, for a 1-year term, is $16. In addition, the registry agent may charge a service charge of up to $10.
The cost of an ID card, for a 1-year term, is $8. In addition, the registry agent may charge a service charge of up to $8.
There are additional costs for taking driver’s licence tests, which vary depending on the test being taken.
Testing requirements for driver’s licences
To get a driver’s licence in Alberta, you will need to pass a medical assessment and knowledge and skills testing. You are also required to surrender your driver’s licence issued by the Ukraine, if you have one, before being issued an Alberta driver’s licence. The following are 2 types of driver’s licences you may be eligible to apply for:
Class 7 driver’s licence
Alberta’s Class 7 learner’s licence allows you to drive the following vehicles:
* moped (by yourself)
* all Class 5 or Class 6 vehicles (with someone over 18 who has a full Class 5 driver’s licence)
To obtain a Class 7 driver’s licence:
* visit a registry agent and pass the Class 7 knowledge test – the knowledge test is available in Ukrainian
* pass a vision assessment to ensure your vision is good enough to drive
* purchase your licence card
Class 5 driver’s licence
Alberta’s Class 5 driver’s licence allows you to drive the following vehicles by yourself:
* 2-axle single motor vehicle
* motorhome without airbrakes unless you hold an air brake certificate
* tow a trailer with 1 or more axles if the trailer is not equipped with airbrakes
* moped, recreational vehicle, or any combination of recreational vehicles and a trailer, if the trailer has 2 axles or less and is not equipped with air brakes
To obtain a Class 5 driver’s licence:
* obtain a Class 7 driver’s licence
* hold the Class 7 driver’s licence for 1 year and until you are 16 years of age * If you have previous driving experience and are 16 years of age, you can be exempted from the requirement to hold this licence for 1 year.
* pass the Class 5 basic road test and purchase a probationary Class 5 driver’s licence and hold it for 2 years and until you are 18 years of age * If you have previous driving experience and are 18 years of age, you can be exempted from these requirements.
* pass the Class 5 advanced road test and purchase a non-probationary Class 5 driver’s licence
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* If you have previous driving experience, the registry agent will check to see if you can apply for the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Exemption Program to be exempted for some of the requirements listed above and will give you an application to complete.
* If you apply for a GDL exemption, support documents, including your Ukrainian driver’s licence, will be sent to the Service Alberta Special Investigations Unit (SIU) for review. If approved, you will be exempted from the requirements listed below, based on the amount of driving experience you had previously. The GDL requirements are as follows: * you must hold a learner’s driver’s licence (class 7) for at least 1 year
* you must be accompanied by a fully licensed (non-GDL probationary) driver who is 18 years of age or older and is seated next to you
* you are not permitted to drive from midnight to 5 am
* you are not permitted to have more passengers than seat belts
* you will be suspended if you accumulate eight or more demerit points
* you must have zero level of alcohol and drug when driving (or riding a motorcycle)
For more information on getting an Alberta driver’s licence, visit: Exchange a licence from outside Alberta.