Motor Vehicle Questions


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How do I register a vehicle?

To register your vehicle you must present a document, such as a bill of sale, a lease agreement or previous registration, to show ownership or control, along with personal identification, such as a driver’s licence, and proof of valid insurance.

If this is a private sale, a transaction between you and a seller, you must present personal identification, such as a drivers’ licence, a bill of sale, and proof of valid insurance. The sale and ownership transfer will be registered.

If you are purchasing a new or used vehicle through a dealership, some dealers will provide the required documentation to a registry agent who will then register the ownership and issue a new registration form.

When registering a new vehicle you have a choice. You can either receive a new licence plate with the registration or you may transfer an existing plate to the new vehicle.

What you need to bring to register a vehicle:

  • a bill of sale, lease agreement, or previous registration,
  • personal identification (such as a driver’s licence), and
  • proof of valid insurance.

 

What is “proof of valid insurance”?

In order to register a motor vehicle in Alberta it must be properly insured and you must maintain that insurance while you own the vehicle. Insurance coverage must include public liability and public damage.

Your insurance company will be able to tell you the type of coverage you need and coverage options available.

In addition, they will be able to provide you with documentation to prove you have insurance in order to register your vehicle.

 

If I buy a new vehicle (new or used), can I keep my original licence plate?

Yes.
To retain the same licence plate for a new (new or used) vehicle you must transfer the registration and plate and you must have valid insurance. If the sale takes place through a dealer, they will generally be able to carry out the transfer for you or you can bring the necessary documents to New Urban Registry and we will carry out the transfer.

If the transaction is a private sale you will need to bring the bill of sale for the new vehicle along with the registration for the old vehicle, personal identification such as a driver’s licence and valid insurance documents.

What you need to bring to register a vehicle and keep your current plate:

  • a bill of sale,
  • personal identification (such as a driver’s licence), and
  • proof of valid insurance.

 

I have just moved to Alberta from another province, how do I register my vehicle in Alberta?

Welcome to Alberta!

In Alberta, registration of motor vehicles, drivers’ licences, and a number of other government services are provided by registry agents such as New Urban Registry. A registry agent is a private company that provides services on behalf of the Government of Alberta.

Two particular services are registration of motor vehicles and licencing of drivers.

In order to register a motor vehicle from outside of Alberta you must present:

  • proof of ownership such as the vehicle registration from your previous home province,
  • an Alberta out-of-province vehicle inspection dated within 14 days (a number of automobile service companies in Alberta are authorised to carry out the inspection),
  • proof that the vehicle is insured in Alberta, and
  • your driver’s licence.

New Urban Registry will register your vehicle in Alberta and issue an Alberta licence plate.

While you are arranging registration of your vehicle you can also:

  • transfer your driver’s licence to an Alberta licence (you have 90 days to switch your licence), and
  • register for the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan.

What you need to bring to register an out-of-province vehicle:

  • proof of ownership,
  • an Alberta out-of-province vehicle inspection
  • personal identification (such as a driver’s licence), and
  • proof of valid Alberta insurance.

 

I have just moved to Alberta from the United States, how do I register my vehicle in Alberta?

Welcome to Alberta!

First, motor vehicle registration and licencing services are completed by registry agents such as New Urban Registry. A registry agent is a private company that provides services on behalf of the Government of Alberta.

All documentation and materials, such as drivers’ licences, are official documents and are issued on behalf of the Government of Alberta.

Next, gather:

  • your U.S. vehicle ownership documents and licence plate,
  • photo-identification,
  • proof of your legal status in Canada,
  • proof of Alberta residency,
  • proof of Alberta vehicle insurance, and
  • Form 1 provided to you by Canada Border Services when you entered Canada.

You will be able to retain your U.S. plate and ownership documents and will be provided with an Alberta registration and vehicle plate.

While you are at the registry office you can also switch your U.S. drivers’ licence to an Alberta licence. By law you have 90 days to make the switch. Generally, the change-over is simply a matter of surrendering your U.S. licence and receiving an equivalent Alberta licence.

What you need to bring to register an out-of-province vehicle:

  • proof of ownership documents,
  • proof of your Alberta residency,
  • proof of your legal status in Canada
  • Form 1  provided when you brought your vehicle into Canada,
  • personal identification (such as a driver’s licence), and
  • proof of valid Alberta insurance.

 

How do I get my first Alberta driver’s licence?

Basically obtaining a licence to drive in Alberta is a two-step process that includes passing two tests.

Step One

To apply for a learners’ permit a person must be at least 14 years of age. Applicants under 18 years of age must have written permission of a parent or guardian. Applicants must present personal identification, pass a knowledge test covering rules of the road in Alberta, and have a vision examination.

Before taking the test you should obtain a copy of the Driver’s Guide to Operation, Safety and Licensing from a registry office online or by clicking here. You can also purchase the learners preparation kit from New Urban Registry to help you prepare for the exam.

This guide covers a large number of driving related topics and rules of the road. Knowledge of this material will be tested during the learners’ permit examination.

Once a learners’ permit is issued, the person can operate a vehicle as long as they are accompanied by a licenced driver over 18 years of age.

In this period learn how to drive according to the rules of the road in Alberta. Watch that you drive according to those rules and avoid developing bad habits.

Step Two

Once you are a proficient driver and at least 16 years of age, contact New Urban Registry to take a driving test administered by a licenced driver examiner. This second examination will test your driving skills and adherence to traffic laws. Parental consent is required for those under 18years of age.

 

How do I renew my driver’s licence

Generally, drivers’ licences may expire on your date of birth five years after the licence was issued. Approximately six to eight weeks prior to the licence expiry you may receive a renewal notice. Bring that notice along with your expiring licence to a registry agent and the renewal will be processed.

You must renew your licence in person and be a resident of Alberta.

Renewing a licence can still be processed even if you have yet to receive the renewal form or you have lost the renewal form.

If you are 75 years of age or older, you must submit a medical report in order to renew your licence. (Note: your doctor may charge you for this report since third-party reports are excluded from coverage by the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan. Consult your doctor before you request the report.)

Medical reports must also be submitted for holders of Class 1, 2, and 4 licences and all licences that have a ‘C’ code. (Note: your doctor may charge you for this report since third-party reports are excluded from coverage by the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan. Consult your doctor before you request the report.

New licence photographs are taken with each renewal unless the existing picture is less than four years old.

 

I just discovered my driver’s licence has expired, what do I do?

First, you must stop driving. Operating a vehicle with an expired operator’s licence is illegal and you will be subject to heavy fines.

Second, as long as the licence has been expired for less than three years simply bring the expired licence to a registry office and the renewal will be processed. If your licence has been expired for six months or more you will need to show proof of an Alberta residence and, in the case of noncitizens, proof of admission to Canada and residence in Alberta.

Please remember, in order to renew your licence you must be a resident of Alberta.

If the licence has been expired for more than three years you will be required retake the learners’ test and undergo a driving examination. You should consult with New Urban Registry to make the appropriate arrangements.

If your licence has expired because you have been living outside of Canada, and you are carrying a drivers’ licence for another country, check the answers to one of the following questions:

  • I have just moved to Alberta from the United States, how do I get an Alberta drivers’ licence?
  • I have just moved to Alberta from outside of North America, how do I get an Alberta drivers’ licence?

What you need to bring to renew your expired driver’s licence:

  • for a licence expired less than six months bring your expired licence,
  • for a licence expired more than six months but less than three years:
    • your expired licence, and
    • proof of your Alberta residence. (See question: How do I prove that I reside in Alberta?)
  • for a licence expired more than three years:
    • proof of your Alberta residency
    • official, personal identification such as a passport. (See “I lost my drivers’ licence for other acceptable forms of identification.)
  • noncitizens must also present
    • proof of admission to Canada, and
    • proof of Alberta residence.

 

I lost my drivers’ licence; how do I replace it? (My wallet with my licence was stolen, how do I replace my licence?)

A new licence can be prepared but you must provide proof of your identity. The following official identification are acceptable;

  • a valid passport,
  • a valid foreign passport (with appropriate immigration documents proving admission to Canada and residence in Alberta),
  • a Canadian permanent resident card,
  • a valid Government of Alberta employee identification card,
  • Canadian Armed Forces identification card,
  • identification for a municipal, provincial, or federal law enforcement agency,
  • a Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS) card,
  • Metis Nations of Alberta card,
  • a NEXUS card, or
  • two pieces of identification such as an Alberta Health Care card and a piece of addressed government mail or a utility bill.

 

What classes of driver’s licence are available in Alberta?

Alberta has seven driver’s licence classifications. Classes one through four are generally for professional drivers. Classes five, six, and seven are basic licences that permit operation of a two-axle vehicle including cars, light trucks, motorcycles, and mopeds.

Class 1 permits operation of any motor vehicle while Class 2 permits operation of a bus by a professional driver. Class 3 licences a driver to operate a vehicle with three or more axles. Class 4 licences operators of vehicles such as ambulances, taxi-cabs, and small buses.

Most drivers hold a Class 5 licence permitting operation of any two axle car, truck, motor home, or moped.  A Class 6 limits operation to motorcycles or mopeds while a Class 7 is a Learners’ Permit.

Drivers operating vehicles with air brakes are required to pass the Alberta Air Brake Course in order to receive the Code Q – Air Brake Endorsement.  The course can be completed elsewhere but New Urban Registry is able to provide the test and, once passed, the air brake endorsement.

 

I have just moved to Alberta from within Canada, how do I change my drivers’ licence to an Alberta licence?

Welcome to Alberta.

You need to change your out-of-province licence to an Alberta licence within 90 days of taking up residence in the province.  You do this by presenting your out-of-province licence along with proper identification such as a valid Canadian passport or a Canadian birth certificate and proof of residency in Alberta.

If you are a non-Canadian citizen (born outside of Canada) living in Canada then you must present your out-of-province licence along with proof of admission to Canada, such as your permanent resident card, work or study permit, or Canadian citizenship card. You must also provide proof of your Alberta residency.

(Click here to see a list of documents that prove your Alberta residency.)

 

I have just moved to Alberta from the United States, how do I get an Alberta drivers’ licence?

Welcome to Alberta.

Within 90 days of taking up residence in Alberta you must convert your United States licence to an Alberta licence. To do so present your current U.S. licence and passport along with proof of your legal status in Canada, such as a permanent resident card, work or study permit, and proof of residency.

An Alberta licence, equal to your U.S. licence, will be issued.

If your U.S. licence is expired or was issued less than two years ago you must present a letter indicating the previous history of your licence.

Please note a U.S. drivers’ licence can only be exchanged for Alberta Classes 5, 6 and 7 licences.

(Click here to see a list of documents that prove your Alberta residency.)

 

I have just moved to Alberta from outside of North America, how do I get an Alberta drivers’ licence?

Before applying for an Alberta drivers’ licence, click here to determine if your country of origin has a reciprocal licencing agreement with Canada.

If your country is included in a reciprocal licencing agreement then present your drivers’ licence, your passport, proof of your legal admission to Canada such as a permanent resident, work, or study permit, or Canadian citizenship card. You must also provide proof of your residence in Alberta. (Click here to see acceptable documents proving your residency in Alberta.)

If your licence is issued in a language other than English or French you must present an official translation of the text as it appears on the foreign licence. An international driver’s licence issued by a country with a reciprocal agreement with Canada may be used for translation purposes.

Please note licences from outside of Canada can only be exchanged for Alberta Classes 5, 6 and 7 licences.

If your country of origin lacks a reciprocal licencing agreement with Canada then you must apply for a drivers’ licence as a new applicant.  That means you must apply for a learners’ permit and then take a driving examination.  (Click here to see how to obtain an Alberta drivers’ licence.)

 

How do I prove that I live in Alberta?

In order to prove your residency in Alberta you need to present an original document that includes your name and Alberta address and has been mailed with a date marked within the last 90 days. Some examples are:

  • bank statement,
  • brokerage or investment dealers’ statement,
  • credit card statement,
  • utility bill,
  • insurance policy (life, auto, residential, etc.),
  • a municipal property tax assessment notice,
  • an income tax assessment notice, or
  • an employment direct deposit statement.

 

What is a bill of sale?

A bill of sale is an agreement, a contract, between a buyer and a seller in which ownership of something changes and a purchase amount is specified.

 

What information needs to be in a bill of sale?

A bill of sale needs to identify the buyer and seller, preferably including the address of each, along with a description of the item being transferred. In the case of an automobile it must include a description of the vehicle (manufacturer, model, vehicle identification number [VIN], year of manufacture). A purchase amount must also be specified.

A bill of sale should also state whether the vehicle is covered by any financial obligations (liens or encumbrances), what, if any, warranties or guarantees are applicable, and any other terms or conditions that are part of the sales agreement.

Both buyer and seller must sign the agreement. You might also include the signature of a witness who has seen the contract signed.  The bill should also bear the location of the sale and date on which the bill was signed.

Any adult can sign as a witness; however, you might also consider having an official witness, in the person of a commissioner for oaths or a notary public, sign to add authenticity to the document. You can make an appointment with our notary public at New Urban Registry by clicking here.

A bill of sale can be brief rather than a document of many pages unless the sale has other terms and conditions that need to be stated as a part of the sales agreement.