To avoid a last-minute rush or driving with an expired driver’s licence, you can renew your Alberta driver’s licence at any point before it expires. Your licence will only ever renew for the maximum amount of time your age, class, and medical conditions will allow. Here’s what you need to do to renew your driver’s licence early.
Why Renew Your Driver’s Licence Early?
There are a few situations where you may want to renew your driver’s licence early. Perhaps you’re going on a vacation that takes you out of the province for an extended time. Other life events make renewing at the scheduled expiry date difficult or impossible. If you’re planning on relocating, renewing early can save you the change-of-address fees and extend your licence term.
How to Renew Your Alberta Driver’s Licence
Alberta driver’s licences are valid for between one and five years, depending on your age, medical status and licence class. Fines for driving without a valid driver’s licence in Alberta can be as high as $2,000. There are three ways to renew your driver’s licence.
1. Renew online
Alberta motorists with Class 3, 5, 6 and 7 driver’s licences can renew online through the MyAlberta eServices portal. You’re eligible if you meet the following criteria:
Your licence isn’t expired
Your personal information (address, etc.) hasn’t changed
You have no suspensions or outstanding fines
You’ll need to set up an online account. Your license should be mailed to you within two weeks of submitting the online form.
2. Renew in person
If you recently moved to Alberta, have a medical condition, are over 75 years old or hold a Class 1, 2 or 4 licence, you must renew in person at an authorized registry office. You may need a completed Driver’s Medical Report Form. Moreover, if your driver’s licence photo is more than four years old, you’ll need to get a new one taken at a registry office.
3. Renew remotely
If you’re unable to visit a registry office in person because you’re temporarily outside Alberta or medically homebound, you can renew remotely by completing the Remote Driver’s Licence/ID Card Application. You can mail the form with proof of identification and Alberta residency to a registry office.
Don’t forget to destroy your old driver’s licence as soon as you get your new one. It’s illegal to possess two Alberta driver’s licence cards.
Alberta Driver’s Licence Renewal Services
At Registry @ South Trail Crossing Ltd., we can help you renew your driver’s licence. We offer comprehensive driver’s licence services, including scheduling a driver’s test, replacing a lost or stolen licence or upgrading your licence. Contact us today to learn more about our simple, hassle-free driver’s licence renewal services.