If you would like to drive in Alberta, you will require information related to driving in Canada. Without a valid driver’s license, you wont be able to drive here.

Do remember to learn all the road signs and rules of driving followed in this country as they can be quite different from home.

This information is for:

  • Students
  • Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) foreign workers
  • Visitors

If you are from outside Alberta, and wish to drive here, you must have:

  • A valid driving license from your home country
  • An International Drivers Permit to be able to drive in Alberta

In case your drivers license is not in English language, carry a certified translation of the same.

Do note that you are allowed to drive for up to one year. However, if you leave the country and return, the one-year timeline shall commence again.

Temporary Foreign Workers and Permanent Residents

You can change your home country driving license to a Class 5 or Class 5L (Learner) license in case you are:

  1. A permanent resident of Alberta
  2. A temporary foreign worker with a work permit thatdoes not say ‘Does Not Confer Temporary Resident Status.
  • In case your driver’s permit is from the following countries:
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • France
  • Germany
  • Isle of Man
  • Japan
  • Netherlands
  • Republic of Korea
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

With more than two years of driving experience, you can exchange it for aClass 5 Alberta driver’s license (or Class 6 – depending on the country). If your experience is less than two years, a Class 5L license will be issued to you.

  • In case your country is not on this list of countries, you will have to pass the knowledge and road tests. For that, you have to visita registry agentwith your home country’s permit.

The registry will determine what licenseclass shall be issued to you. You might be authorized to pass the tests forClass 7, Class 5L, or Class 5 driver’s license on the basis of your years of driving experience and home country.
You can check out theAlberta Government website for more information on this.


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