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In Canada, driver's licences are issued by the government of the province or territory in which the driver is residing. Following are the procedures on how to apply for driver's license in Canada.


Canada's driving age is determined on a province-by-province basis; generally it is 16 to learn and the solo driving age.

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  • The process for getting a driver’s license in Canada depends on the province or territory in which you live and on your driving background.
  • You may need to pass a written examination on the rules of the road (study guides are available) and one or two driving tests.
  • You may choose to pay for driving lessons to prepare for the driving tests (you can search online for lessons).
  • Once you have a license, it will have to be renewed periodically (see the expiry date on your license).

Required Information

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1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.


  1. Go to a Driving License Office to apply for a driver's license.
  2. Verify your identity and residency.
  3. Provide required information and different documents to satisfy the qualifications.
  4. Submit the documents and other support documents as required.
  5. Your application will be processed. If approved, your driver license application will be granted.
  6. Pay the fees.

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Required Documents

Identification Documents

  • Canada's operator's license or identification card
  • Photo driver's license (from another jurisdiction)
  • Valid Canadian Passport
  • NEXUX Card
  • Canadian Armed Forces Identification Card
  • Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS) Card (Federally issued)
  • Municipal, Provincial or Federal Police Force Identification.
  • Valid foreign Passport with appropriate Immigration documents
  • Permanent Resident Card.

Support Documents

  • Birth or Marriage Certificate (original or certified)
  • Utility statements, such as cable, telephone, gas, electricity
  • Work Visa, Student Visa, Permanent Resident Card
  • Canada Citizenship Certificate (issued after February 1, 2012)
  • Income tax receipts
  • Property tax bill
  • Insurance policy documents (life, auto, residential, etc.)
  • Government assistance document(s) (e.g. Income Support document.cheque, etc)

Residency Documents

  • Canadian birth certificate
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Citizenship Card
  • Canadian Passport
  • proof that you are an Alberta resident (i.e. utility bills or other statements mailed to your Alberta address)


5-year licence renewal - $75


The driver license will be valid for five years from your upcoming birthday.

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Processing Time

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Office Locations & Contacts

Driving License Office

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External Links

Government of Canada


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