Common Driver's Licence Services

Renewing a Driver's Licence

Plan to renew your driver's licence before the expiry date arrives. You may renew your licence up to one year before the licence expires. Courtesy reminder renewal forms for driver's licences are generally mailed to clients six to eight weeks before the expiry. If you have lost the renewal notice or have not received one in the mail, you do not need this form in order to renew you licence.

Renewals must be done in person at any registry agent office. Only residents of Alberta are eligible to renew. Anyone 75 years or older is required to submit a medical report. Medical reports are also required for holders of Class 1, 2 and 4 licences and for all licences with a condition code "C". It is not legal to drive with an expired licence. Any licence that has been expired for more than 3 years will be subject to passing another written and road test before reinstatement. If the photograph on your licence is four or more years old, a new one will have to be taken.

Replacing a Lost or Stolen Driver's Licence

If your licence has been lost, stolen, or destroyed, you may apply for a replacement by visiting a registry agent in person. You will be required to prove your identity through a strict confirmation process. You will receive an interim licence, valid for 30 days. Your new card will arrive in the mail within two weeks of your application date. For other useful information, please visit the Identity Theft section of this website.

Licence Suspensions

Persons convicted of violations under the Criminal Code of Canada, the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Act, or the Traffic Safety Act, involving the operation or control of a motor vehicle may be suspended or disqualified from driving in accordance with limits stated in the Traffic Safety Act.

It is unlawful to be in possession of an operator's licence while it is suspended or disqualified. It is a serious offence to drive while unauthorized, punishable by law. See Vehicle Seizures. Only individuals who are in possession of a full, non-GDL drivers licence can apply for a restricted drivers licence due to a demerit suspension.

For further details, call the Driver Fitness and Monitoring Branch, toll-free from anywhere in the province, at 310-0000 followed by 780-427-8230 (Edmonton).

Drivers Licence/ID Card Not Received in the Mail

When you a apply for a new operator's licence or identification card, it is printed in our central production facility and mailed to you once it is ready. The registry agent will issue you an interim operator's licence that is valid for 30 days from the date of issue or until you receive your operators licence in the mail, whichever occurs first. If you do not receive your operator's licence within 21 days, please contact the Service Alberta Contact Centre at 780-427-7013, (Albertans outside Edmonton call 310-0000 toll-free first.) This will allow us to investigate and resolve the issue prior to the expiry of your interim operator's licence.

If you do not report the missing licence within 60 days of its issue, you may be required to pay for the replacement.