Hours of Written Testing

Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm

Saturday: 9am - 2pm

Renewing or Applying for your Driver’s Licence / ID Card

When applying for a new drivers licence or ID card or Alberta Health Care for the first time you will need to bring in the drivers licence form the province or country you are coming from (depending on the country you may not be able to exchange the Drivers licence for an Alberta one without going through a written test and road test) and proof of identity. Birth certificates, passports, work or study permits, major bill in your name, lease agreement, bank statements that comes in your name these are just a few examples. Once again prices can vary. There is no fee for getting an Alberta Health Care card.

Driver’s Licence Basic Qualifications

When you are going to apply for your driver’s licence or identification card, the registry that is processing your application must verify your identity and residency through a strict confirmation process:

  • Any applicant that is under the age of 18 that is not self-supporting or married must provide the registry agent with consent from a parent of guardian
  • Any applicant that has a medical condition or vision impairment that may adversely affect their ability to drive must discuss this matter with Driver Records by placing a call to the toll-free RITE direct line at 310-0000 followed by 780-427-8230
  • Applicants must also be legal residents of Canada and Alberta

Alberta’s Graduated Driver Licensing Program

The Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program in Alberta has changed the way we license new drivers. The GDL program has been developed to ensure that all new drivers, regardless of their age, get the skills, experience and support they need to be able to handle the complex task of driving. For answers to common questions about the GDL program in Alberta and detailed GDL program information please visit the Alberta Transportation website, here.

Driver Knowledge Testing

All knowledge testing can be done at the Registry West using the Automated Driver Knowledge Testing System. This means the system here will generate your test at the time you take it. The system will then select 30 questions at random from the test question bank. In order to pass the exam you must answer 25 of the 30 questions correctly. We can also have an audio assisted capability at the testing stations that will read the questions and answer choices to you if you require so. For on-line operator’s handbooks please visit the Alberta Transportation’s website here.

The Driver Knoweldge Test is conducted during business hours. No appointment is required. The last time slot to write the test is one hour before closing. Or, during regular business hours, tests are conducted between

9:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 2:00 pm Saturday

In order to write the knowledge test, citizenship and proof of address are required. For the individual writing the test, a birth certificate or passport will be accepted as a proof of Canadian citizenship. Proof of address may be demonstrated by a parent or guardian providing their valid driver's license. Please note, you must be at least 14 years of age to write the knowledge test.

Driver (Road) Testing

Road Test are performed by a licensed driver examiner, the scheduling is arranged by registry agents at the Registry West.

Road test fees can vary by location and are determined jointly by the driver examiner and the registry agent. To view our road test fees please visit our road tests page. If you have any questions regarding the requirements for a road test please call us at (780) 482-7809. The registry agents here at Registry West will provide road test information sheets that outline a number of considerations including vehicle requirements, client eligibility, fees and no-show/cancellation policies. To book a road test with Registry West please go to our road test page here.

Air Brake Knowledge Testing

Once you have completed the Air Brake Course the registry agents here at Registry West can conduct the knowledge testing component of the Alberta Air Brake Course. Once you have successfully completed the knowledge test the registry agents here at Registry West will endorse the drivers licence with a condition code Q (Airbrake Endorsement). For more information please visit Alberta Transportation’s Alberta Air Brake Program here.

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