Change of Name, Address or Sex
Change of Name
There are three types of name changes: a legal name change, an assumed name change through marriage and reverting to a birth (maiden) name.
For a legal name change, you must apply to Vital Statistics. Once approved, you will be issued a 'Legal Change of Name' certificate that you will need to present to a registry agent.
For an assumed name change due to marriage, you will need to present your marriage certificate or civil marriage statement to the registry agent. To revert back to a maiden name, you will need to present your marriage certificate, civil marriage statement or divorce decree in addition to your birth certificate.
The Operator Licensing and Vehicle Control Regulation of the Alberta Traffic Safety Act requires that if a person changes their name, address or postal address, they must make application within 14 days of the change to have a new licence issued. For a legal name change, this would be 14 days from the time you receive your legal name change certificate. For assumed names, since the use of these names are optional, this would be 14 days from the time you start using the assumed name.
Change of Address
If you change your address, you are required by law to update the address information on your driver’s licence and/or vehicle registration within 14 days. To do this, you may visit any registry agent. You will be required to provide acceptable identification (in addition to the driver’s licence). If you move within Alberta and have a mail forward on your old address through Canada Post, drivers licences will not be forwarded to the new address, they will be returned to the government as non-deliverable and destroyed. Please ensure that the full correct address is on your drivers licence application so that it will be delivered to the proper address once printed.
There is normally a fee for the change of address service and for printing the new driver's licence. It may be possible to renew your licence early at the same time, you will pay only the renewal fee in this case. The registry agent will retain your old licence and provide you with a temporary interim licence to use until your new licence arrives in the mail (7 to 10 business days). This interim licence will not have a photograph, so it is recommended that you carry some other form of photo ID (e.g., passport) if you anticipate requiring photo ID during these few days. If you have not physically moved but your address has been changed by Canada Post or the municipality, you may provide the letter issued by Canada Post or the municipality outlining the details and your change of address and new driver’s licence will be provided free of charge.
There is no government fee to update the address information on your vehicle registration, only a registry agent service fee. Your updated registration certificate will be printed at the registry agent office. You may choose to renew your registration early and extend your term (if you have time available) and update the address simultaneously. When you renew your registration early, you will only pay the regular renewal fees, the address change is free.
For a list of fees, see the Registry Agent Product Catalogue (pdf).
Change of Sex
Effective immediately, an enhancement has been made to the Operator Licensing and Vehicle Control Regulation and the Identification Card Regulation affecting the change of sex on these cards. With these changes, transgender Albertans may submit one of the following to update their sex on their drivers licence or identification card:
- an amended birth certificate, or
- an amended record of birth, or
- an affidavit and a letter from a regulated medical professional.
On expiry of the driver’s licence/ID card showing the desired sex, the client will not be required to re-apply at renewal time. An individual is eligible to amend the sex on their operator's licence/identification (ID) card if they:
- are at least 18 years of age.
- are less than 18 years of age, but are married or an adult interdependent partner.
- are less than 18 years of age, and are providing both parents’ or their guardians’ consent.
- are less than 18 years of age, and there is a court order dispensing with the parents/guardians consent.
For details on how to submit an application, please contact an Alberta registry agent office. You may also download the forms from the Forms, Legislation and Links area.