Visitors, Students and Temporary Foreign Workers in Alberta
Visitors to Alberta
If you are visiting Alberta from outside the country, you must have your valid home jurisdiction drivers licence and you may drive up to 1 year in Alberta or until your licence expires, whichever occurs first. If your country offers an International Drivers Permit (IDP), it is strongly recommended that you obtain one if your drivers licence is not in English. The IDP is not a drivers licence and is not valid on its own, it only translates the contents of your valid drivers licence into English (and a few other languages) and identifies the type of vehicle you are authorized to drive in your home country. If your country does not offer an IDP and your licence is not in English, it is highly recommended that you get an official translation of your drivers licence. This will assist law enforcement interpret your driving credentials along with your valid home jurisdiction drivers licence if required. If your drivers licence is in English and it is clear on your licence what type of vehicle you are allowed to drive, the IDP is not necessary.
If you are visiting Alberta from another province, you may drive using just your home jurisdiction licence.
Temporary Foreign Workers in the Agricultural Industry
Temporary foreign workers are often brought into Alberta to meet labour needs during peak periods. These workers participate in either the Government of Canada’s Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) or the pilot project for Occupations Requiring Lower Levels of Formal Training.
These workers are eligible to work for a maximum of 8 months between the periods of January 1 and December 15. They do NOT qualify as Alberta residents and cannot be issued Alberta driver's licences or identification cards. These individuals are authorized to drive during their work term on their home jurisdiction driver's licences. They are required to carry:
- Original copy of their work permit/visa
- Valid home jurisdiction driver's licence
- International Driver's Permit which translates the information contained on their driver's licence
Temporary Foreign Workers on Standard Work Permits
This does not include individuals whose work permit states "Does Not Confer Temporary Resident Status".
These workers have been issued a work permit for a specified term by Canada Immigration and must leave Canada after their term is over. These clients may choose to exchange their valid out of Country drivers licence for an Alberta class 5 or class 5-GDL drivers licence. The term of the drivers licence will be as close to the term of the work permit as possible. For more information on the requirements to exchange your home jurisdiction drivers licence for an Alberta licence, please see the New Canadian and Alberta Residents page in this section.
Canadians Working Temporarily in Alberta
If your residence is in another Canadian jurisdiction and you are working in Alberta, you may continue to drive on your home jurisdiction licence. Please see the vehicle registration section for vehicle requirements.