Calgary Motor Vehicle Registry

Motor Vehicles

As your Calgary Registry agent we provide all inclusive Alberta Motor Vehicle and Driver’s Licensing. Whether you’re just getting your first driver’s license, or you’re on your way to becoming a Professional Driver of trucks, buses, taxis, or ambulances come see us first! Did you just buy a new car, motorcycle, or off-highway vehicle? We’ll help make sure you’re properly registered and ready to hit the road!

VEHICLE REGISTRATION

 

Documents needed to register a vehicle

  • Bill of Sale / Lease Agreement / Proof of ownership (i.e. previous registration)
  • Valid insurance for the new vehicle
  • Driver’s license (or 2 pieces of ID)

If the vehicle has never been registered before, get from the dealer BEFORE registering the vehicle a:

  • NVIS (New Vehicle Information Statement)

If the vehicle is from out of province, you need:

  • An Out of Province Inspection
    • Bring the VIN number of the vehicle to a registry office
    • The registry office will issue you a request for inspection, as well as a list of mechanics on request. Please note that there is a fee for this service.
    • Take the request for inspection to a certified mechanic and have him/her fill out an inspection form.
    • Bring the inspection form back to a registry office within 14 days of having it filled out. If it is longer than 14 days, a new inspection will have to be filled out.

For vehicles from outside of Canada, you also need import forms from Canada Customs.

 

Buying New Plates

If you do not have existing plates in your name, or need new plates, you need to bring the following:

  • Bill of Sale / Lease Agreement / Proof of ownership (i.e. previous registration)
  • Valid insurance for the new vehicle
  • Driver’s license (or 2 pieces of ID)

 

Renewing Registration

Registration can be renewed any time before the renewal date. Liability insurance MUST be shown at the time of the renewal.

Renewal Fees

1 Year

2 Years

$84.45

$159.45

 

Transferring Plates

Plates can be transferred from one vehicle to another, as long as it’s for the same person. You will need the following to transfer a plate:

  • Bill of Sale / Lease Agreement / Proof of ownership (i.e. previous registration)
  • Valid insurance for the new vehicle
  • Driver’s license (or 2 pieces of ID)

The person named on all three documents and the plates MUST be the same. If a second person is named on the Bill of Sale, but not on the plate, the second person needs to sell sign over a Bill of Sale to the other owner in order to use the same plate. Otherwise, a new plate will need to be bought and BOTH parties must be present with their driver’s license. The cost for transferring plates is $22.45.

Note:  You can renew your plates, at the same time, for $84.45 and save the transfer fee. Please tell the clerk if you would like to do so BEFORE they start the service.

 

Lost or Stolen Plates

It will cost $22.45 to replace a license plate, and you need to show your driver’s license.

Note:  You can renew your plates, at the same time, for $84.45 and save the replacement fee. Please tell the clerk if you would like to do so BEFORE they start the service.

 

Lost Registration or Lost Stickers

It will cost $22.45 to replace registration or stickers, and you will need to show your driver’s license.

Note:  You can renew your plates, at the same time, for $84.45 and save the replacement fee. Please tell the clerk if you would like to do so BEFORE they start the service.

 

DRIVER’S LICENSES

 

Change of Address

This must be done in person, at a cost of $22.45. Your registration will be mailed to you free of charge, or if you want it reprinted immediately, there will be an additional charge of $7.35 for each registration printed.

 

Renewing Driver’s License

This is done every 5 years, and MUST be done in person (except in special circumstances). The cost is $84.45, and the license is good for another 5 years.

 

Renewing Professional Driver’s Licenses

Class 1,2 & 4

A medical MUST be given at the time of renewal. This is done every 5 years for those under 45 years of age, and every 2 years thereafter. Costs are:

2 Years – $37.35

5 Years – $84.45

 

Acceptable Identification

When you apply for your driver’s license or identification card, your registry agent must verify your identity through stricter identity confirmation.

A registry agent will require information to satisfy the following three categories:

  • Who you are
    • Photo documents that must contain your legal name and date of birth (DOB). Some examples of primary photo identification are (this is not an all-inclusive list):
      • Alberta operator’s license or identification card
      • Photo driver’s license (from another jurisdiction)
      • Images on the Motor Vehicle System (MOVES)
      • Photo identification card issued by another Motor Vehicle jurisdiction or government-issued photo identification
      • Citizenship, immigration, Naturalization, or Permanent Resident Card
      • Canadian Armed Forces Identification Card
      • Passport
      • Municipal, Provincial or Federal Police Force identification
  • What you have
    • Support documents that contain two data elements, such as name, DOB, signature, address, etc. Some examples of original support documents (certified documents are acceptable) are:
      • Birth or Marriage Certificate
      • Credit, Debit or Account Card (must contain your name and signature)
      • Municipal, Territorial, Provincial, Federal Government Employee Card
      • Chequing or savings account statements
      • Cancelled cheque with imprinted name and address
      • Utility, telephone, gas or cable TV bill in applicant’s name
      • Property tax bill or receipt, land title or mortgage documents
      • Income tax receipts
      • Insurance documents (life, auto, residential, etc.)
  • What you know
    • Verification of personal information against the Motor Vehicles System; your address, postal code, previous address, vehicle registration, telephone number, etc.

 

All documents presented MUST be originals or certified copies. Photocopies will NOT be accepted.

Please Note:  Falsifying information when applying for a driver’s license or identification card is a criminal offence.

 

Photo Identification

We issue photo identification for Alberta residents who do not have driver’s license and are at least 12 years of age. If you are under 18, a parent must be present. The cost is $49.45, and you must provide 3 pieces of acceptable identification.

 

Getting a Class 7 (Learner’s License)

  1. Must be at least 14 years of age
  2. Obtain a manual and study it – Manual is free of charge. Click here for online version of manual.
  3. Have your parent accompany you, if you are a minor
  4. Bring 3 pieces of acceptable identification
  5. Take a knowledge test – $17.60 – Taken on the computer, 30 multiple choice questions and you must obtain at least 25 out of 30 to pass (84%). Note:  If you fail, you must wait 24 hours before trying again (i.e. the next day).
  6. Once you pass, you must also pass an eye exam.
  7. Get your driver’s license (Class 7) – $84.45

 

Class 7 Conditions

  1. Must hold a Learner’s License (Class 7) for at least 1 year
  2. Must be accompanied by a fully-licensed (non-GDL probationary) driver who is 18 years of age or older and who is seated next to the driver
  3. Not permitted to drive from midnight to 5 a.m.
  4. No more passengers than seatbelts
  5. Fewer demerit points are allowed than for fully-licensed drivers
  6. Have a zero alcohol level

 

Getting a Class 5

  1. Must be at least 16 years of age
  2. Obtain a Class 7 (Learner’s License)
  3. Go for a basic road test – $125.75
  4. Once you pass, exchange the Class 7 for a Class 5 – $22.45 => The renewal date of the license will NOT change

At this point, you will be considered a Probationary Driver under the Graduated Driver’s License Program (GDL).

 

To become a fully-licensed driver (Class 5) you must:

  1. Have been suspension free for the last year of the 2-year Probationary Stage
  2. Pass an advanced road test – $120.50

 

Getting a Class 6 (Motorcycle License)

  1. Must be at least 16 years of age
  2. Obtain a Class 7 (Learner’s License)
  3. Take a knowledge test – $17.60 – Taken on computer; 30 multiple choice questions (Passing grade is 25 out of 30 – 84%)
  4. Once you pass, take a road test – $125.75
  5. Once you pass, exchange license  – $22.45

Please Note:  If you apply for a Motorcycle License (Class 6) after you Learner’s License (Class 7), you will be subject to the conditions of the Graduated Driver Licensing program.

 

Getting a Class 1,2,3 or 4

  1. Must be at least 18 years of age
  2. Obtain a Class 5 (or higher)
  3. Take a knowledge test – $17.60 – Taken on computer; 30 multiple choice questions (Passing grade is 25 out of 30 – 84%
  4. Have a medical filled out by your doctor (please double-check that all information is completed)
  5. For Class 1, you MUST take and airbrakes course
  6. Once you pass, take a road test – $215 (Class 1), $162.50 (Class 2 or 3) or $125.75 (Class 4)
  7. Once you pass, exchange license  – $22.45

 

Lost or Stolen Driver’s License

If your license is lost or stolen, you need to provide two pieces of identification in order to replace it. The cost is $22.45.

 

Change of Name

To change the name on the driver’s license, you will need to bring in one of the following:

  • Legal Name Change Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate (for females only)
  • Passport
  • Canadian Citizenship
  • Birth Certificate
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