Driver's Licensing

Driver's Licensing

Our Registry is happy to offer Driver’s Licensing options. We offer knowledge tests, road tests, ID cards, and licencing renewals.
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-Your Alberta Driver’s license or ID card will always expire on the day of your birthday with the year changing depending on your class of license, your age, and whether you have any medical conditions.

-If you have any medical conditions you will require a driver’s medical to be completed by your doctor prior to coming to the registries to renew your license.

-In the year of your driver’s license or ID card renewal you can come into the registries up to 6 months before your birthday. You must come in person to renew your driver’s license and surrender your current card in order to get a new one.

-If your license has just expired, we will need another piece of ID to verify your identity. Please bring one of the following documents with you along with your expired driver’s license:

-Legal Entitlement in Canada. Some examples include:
-Canadian Passport, Canadian Birth Certificate, Permanent residency card

-Proof of Alberta Residency. Some examples include:
-Electronic utility, gas, or cable bills that are current within the last 90 days.
-Original mailed bank statements, credit card statements, cell phone bill, or income tax assessment summary current within the last 90 days.

-If you hold a class 1, 2, or 4 driver’s license, you must get a driver’s medical before you can renew your license.

-At age 75, every Albertan must get a driver’s medical prior to renewing their driver’s license. If you have a clean medical at age 75 you will receive your driver’s license for 5 more years. Every renewal after the age of 75 will require a driver’s medical. At age 80 your renewal term drops down to a 2 year term depending on the results of your medical.

-If your license has been lost or stolen, or is already expired, we will need additional ID to verify your identity.

-Please bring one of the following documents in with you to receive a duplicate driver’s license:

-Alberta Health Care Card
-Birth Certificate
-Passport

-If you don’t have these documents, please call us ahead of time so we can determine alternate documentation to allow us to process the service.

-If anyone ages 12-17 requires an ID Card we require:

-2 pieces of Government issued ID:
-Alberta Health Care Card,
-Birth Certificate, or
-Passport

-And a parent must come in to complete and sign a parental consent form for the minor. Please Note: this form must be completed in a registry. If a parent cannot be present at the time of application please call us to determine a course of action.

-You must bring 2 pieces of Government issued ID:

-Alberta Health Care Card
-Birth Certificate
-Passport

-And Proof of Alberta Residency:

– Proof of Alberta Residency. Some examples include:

-Electronic utility, gas, or cable bills that are current within the last 90 days.
-Original mailed bank statements, credit card statements, cell phone bill, or income tax assessment summary current within the last 90 days.

-A driver’s abstract is a summarized record for all traffic violations during a specified period.

-Personal abstract contains your date of birth, height, weight, and sex as well as your driver record information that is personal and confidential.

-A commercial driver’s abstract contains personal and confidential record info, including all of the conviction info in the current driver abstract, any non-moving convictions related to the operation of the motor vehicle (demerit points are not assessed for non-moving violations), and the results of inspections conducted by enforcement officers under the commercial vehicle safety alliance (CVSA) program. A commercial abstract will not include date of birth, height, weight, and sex.

-A driver’s abstract will show your personal or commercial driving history for the previous 3, 5, or 10 years depending on how much information you need to see, and what your abstract is for. You may need an abstract for your insurance company, employer, or to determine if you are suspended from driving and what you need to do to be reinstated.

-If you are moving out of the province, we recommend you pull a 10 year driver’s abstract.

-You must come into the registry to order an abstract. If you are unable to come in yourself you may authorize a third party to obtain an abstract on your behalf with the proper form.

-No appointment is necessary to write a knowledge test. Just come into the registry between 8:30am and 4:00pm Monday-Friday.

-You must be at least 14 years old to write your class 7 knowledge test.

-Please bring 2 pieces or government issued ID:

-Alberta Health Care Card
-Birth Certificate
-Valid Passport

-If you are under 18, we will require a parent to accompany you to the office for your test, to complete and sign the parental consent form. Please Note: this form must be completed in a registry. If a parent cannot be present at the time of application please call us to determine a course of action.

-If you don’t pass the first time, a parent does not have to accompany you as long as you have the two pieces of ID and the signed parental consent form.

– Proof of Alberta Residency. Some examples include:
-Electronic utility, gas, or cable bills that are current within the last 90 days.
-Original mailed bank statements, credit card statements, cell phone bill, or income tax assessment summary current within the last 90 days.

-If English is not your first language, the class 7 knowledge test is available in the following languages:

-Amharic, Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Cree, Dutch, Farsi, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Oromo, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

-Oral exams are also available if you have written before, but would benefit from having a registry agent sit with you to read the questions and the answers.

-Please Note: We conduct oral exams in the morning, when we are fully staffed, so please call ahead so we can ensure we are available.

-Once you have passed the knowledge test you must also pass a vision screening. If you need glasses or contacts, please make sure you have them when you come for your test.

-To receive an airbrake endorsement, or condition code Q on your driver’s license, you must first take the airbrake course from an accredited institution and then come into the registry with the Airbrake course certificate of completion to write your airbrake knowledge test. If you pass we can add the Q endorsement to your license right away, or if you are upgrading your license you can wait, and add the Q endorsement at the same time.

-To write your knowledge test, come into the office between 8:30am and 4:00pm Monday-Friday. If you do not pass you may write the test once a day. These knowledge tests are only available in English and are not available with headphones or a reader.

-Effective March 1, 2019 the Government of Alberta oversees and administers Road Tests. What does this mean for you?

-Standardized fees across the province

-Centralized booking system. You can book and pay online to save yourself the time of coming in to the office.

-Questions or complaints regarding the booking system, your road test, or your driver examiner can now be directed to Alberta Transportation:

Phone: 780-427-8230
Email: driverexaminations@gov.ab.ca

-The road test scheduler can be found at: https://eservices.alberta.ca/book-a-drivers-road-test.html

-Please make sure you choose Freeman Insurance Agencies Ltd. if you wish to complete your test with us.

-If you are required to take a road test by the government (due to a medical condition), are under suspension, or you are unsure if you are eligible for the class of road test, please come in to the office and we can help you out.

-Prior to your road test please be aware of the following:

-You must be in the office within 30 minutes prior to the start of your road test so that we can confirm your eligibility and check you in. The check in must occur at the registry office your road test is scheduled at. If this is not done, your road test will not proceed and you will be required to rebook and repay the full price of the exam.

-If you are taking a Class 1 or 3 road test that is starting at an off-site location, you can check in for your road test 72 hours prior to your road test at any registry location.

-If you are late for your test, it will not proceed. You will be required to rebook and repay the full price of the exam.

-If you have to cancel or re-book your test, it must be done at least 24 hours in advance. If you cancel your exam within 24 hours there will be no refund.

-Ensure your vehicle is in proper working order with an adequate amount of fuel prior to your test. Double check your insurance and registration are valid, and your licence plate is on the vehicle.

-You must meet all eligibility requirements in order to proceed with your road test. If you are unsure of your eligibility, feel free to come in and we can confirm your eligibility prior to the 24 hour cancellation window.

-Permits an operator to drive:

-Any motor vehicle, or combination of motor vehicles other than a motorcycle.

-Any class 6 vehicles as a learner only.

-The minimum learning or licensing age is 18. You must hold a valid non-GDL class 5 licence

-Requirements

-Pass the MELT training course

-Pass the Class 1 knowledge test

-Airbrake certificate

-Vision Screening

-Medical Report

-Vehicle Required for road test:

-Manual tractor-trailer combination with three or more axles and equipped with airbrakes.

-Permits an operator to drive:

-Any motor vehicle, or combination of motor vehicle that a holder of a class 3, 4, and 5 operator’s license may operate.
-Any Bus
-Class 1 and 6 type vehicles as a learner only
-The minimum learning or licencing age is 18. You must hold a valid non-GDL class 5 licence.

-Requirements:


-Pass the MELT training course
-Pass the Class 2 knowledge test
-Airbrake certificate (for vehicles with airbrake)
-Vision Screening
-Medical Report


-Vehicle required for road test:


-A bus with seating capacity exceeding 24 excluding the operator. If the vehicle provided is equipped with airbrakes, you must have the Airbrake endorsement on your driver’s licence or provide an Air Brake Endorsement Certificate.

-Permits an operator to drive:

-Any motor vehicle, or combination of vehicles that the holder of a class 5 operator’s license may operate.

-A single motor vehicle with three or more axles.

-A motor vehicle with three or more axles towing a trailer with one or more axles, if the trailer is not equipped with airbrakes.

-Class 2 and 4 type vehicles without passengers.

-All motor vehicles included under class 1, 2, and 6 for learning only.

-A holder of a class 3 license cannot:


-Operate a motor vehicle that has a seating capacity of more than 15, while that vehicle is transporting any person, including the operator.

-Transport any passengers for hire.

-The minimum learning or licensing age is 18.

-Requirements:

-Vision screening
-Written and road test
-Airbrake certificate (if the vehicle is equipped with airbrakes).

-Vehicle for road test:

-Any single motor vehicle having three or more axles.

-If you are writing the class 1 or 2 knowledge test you must complete the MELT training prior to writing the knowledge test.

-Permits an operator to drive:

-A taxi, ambulance, or bus (including school or kindergarten busses) where seating capacity is not over 25 people including the operator.

-All motor vehicles included under class 5.

-All motor vehicles included under class 1, 2, 3, and 6 as a learner only.

-The minimum licensing age is 18.

-Requirements:

-Vision screening
-Written test
-Medical report

-A road test if the operator does not already have a class 1, 2, or 3 license.

-Vehicle for road test:

-Any two-axle vehicle, excluding a motorcycle.

-If you are writing the class 1 or 2 knowledge test you must complete the MELT training prior to writing the knowledge test.

-Permits an operator to drive:

-A two-axle, single motor vehicle excluding a motorcycle.

-A two-axle single motor vehicle towing a trailer with one or more axles, if the trailer is not equipped with airbrakes.

-A recreational vehicle, or any combination of recreational vehicle and trailer, if the trailer has no more than two axles and is not equipped with airbrakes.

-A moped.

-A class 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6 type vehicle as a learner, if the learner is 18 years of age and is accompanied by a supervisor with a valid license for that class of vehicle.

-A holder of a class 5 license cannot:

-Operate a motor vehicle that has a seating capacity of more than 15 while the vehicle is transporting any person including the operator.

-Transport people for hire.

-The minimum learning age is 14.

-The minimum licensing age is 16.

-Requirements:

-Road Test
-Vision Screening
-Parental Consent if under the age of 18

-Vehicle for road test:

-Any two-axle motor vehicle, excluding a motorcycle.

-If you are writing the class 1 or 2 knowledge test you must complete the MELT training prior to writing the knowledge test.

-Permits an operator to drive:

-A motorcycle

-A moped

-Any motor vehicle under class 5 for learning only.

-The minimum learning and licensing age is 16.

-Requirements:

-Written Test
-Road Test
-Vision Screening

-Parental consent if under the age of 18

-Vehicle required for road test:

-A motorcycle without a sidecar.

-Permits an operator to drive:

-A moped

-Any vehicle in the class 5 category as a learner only.

-A motorcycle as a learner only if the operator is at least 16.

-The minimum licensing age is 14.

-Requirements:

-Written test
-Vision screening

-Parental consent if under the age of 18.

Disclaimer: While we have done our best to describe what you need for a service, every situation is unique and variable circumstances may change the requirements for a service. If you have any questions or concerns regarding proper documents, please don’t hesitate to call so we can ensure you have everything you need the first time.

We will be closed Monday September 13th, 2021 for a staff function. We will be open at our normal time on Tuesday September 14th.

We now have an online queue management system in place at FRIAR Registries. We have implemented this system so that you can wait in the comfort of your car or add your name to the queue from home before you leave.

You will be called into the office as waiting space is available.