How to get a Driver’s Licence as an Immigrant

Obtaining a driver’s licence in Calgary, Alberta, as an immigrant follows a similar process to that of Canadian citizens. Alberta Transportation has set procedures for immigrants. Here are the general steps you should follow:

  1. Determine Eligibility: Before applying for a driver’s licence, ensure that you are eligible to drive in Alberta. In most cases, new immigrants with valid foreign driver’s licences can drive in Alberta for a limited period (usually three months). After this period, you may need to obtain an Alberta driver’s licence.
  2. Obtain Required Documents:
    • Proof of Identity: You will need to provide proof of your identity, such as a valid passport, permanent resident card, or other government-issued identification.
    • Proof of Residency: You will need to show proof of your Alberta address, such as a utility bill, lease agreement, or bank statement.
  3. Take a Knowledge Test: You may be required to take a written knowledge test, often based on the Alberta Driver’s Handbook. Study the handbook to prepare for the test, which covers traffic rules, road signs, and safe driving practices.
  4. Vision Test: You will need to pass a vision test to ensure your vision meets the necessary standards for driving.
  5. Road Test (if applicable): If you are a new driver or if your foreign licence is not transferable directly, you may need to take a road test. You can book this test through a registry agent or an Alberta Transportation office. You will need to provide a vehicle for the road test.
  6. Pass a Medical Examination (if required): In some cases, you may be required to pass a medical examination. This requirement typically applies to older drivers or those with medical conditions that could affect their ability to drive safely.
  7. Transfer Your Foreign Licence (if applicable): If you come from a country with a reciprocal licence exchange agreement with Alberta, you may be able to directly transfer your foreign driver’s licence. Check the Alberta Transportation website or contact a registry agent for the most up-to-date information on whether your licence can be transferred.
  8. Visit a Registry Agent: To apply for your driver’s licence, visit a local registry agent office. Registry agents in Alberta handle various services related to driver’s licences, including issuing new licences, renewing licences, and conducting road tests.
  9. Pay Fees: Pay the necessary fees for your driver’s licence, knowledge test, and road test (if applicable). The fees can vary depending on the type of licence and services you require.
  10. Receive Your Driver’s Licence: Once you’ve completed all the required steps and passed the necessary tests, you will receive your Alberta driver’s licence.

Remember that specific requirements and procedures can change, so it’s essential to check the Alberta Transportation website or contact a local registry agent for the most current information and guidance on obtaining your driver’s licence as an immigrant in Calgary.