Drivers & Vehicles
In Alberta, the rules of the road are covered in the Traffic Safety Act and regulations under the Act dealing with cargo securement, commercial vehicles, inspections, bus safety rules of the road, driver training and driver examinations, vehicle equipment vehicle seizure, demerit points and log haul regulations.
There are seven different classes of driver licences in Alberta. These licences allow you to do everything from learn to drive, operate a taxi or drive a commercial vehicle. Having a licence is your key to driving in Alberta. It takes study and practice to be a safe driver. With the knowledge and skill that comes from education and training, drivers will become more aware of their responsibilities when behind the wheel and the role they play in improving traffic safety. Alberta requires vehicle safety inspections to ensure that vehicles are maintained for safe operation. All vehicles last registered in another jurisdiction or declared salvage by an insurance company must undergo an inspection after repairs are completed and before they can be re-registered.
Through monitoring and enforcing safety standards, Alberta Transportation aims to keep the province's highways safe for all road users.
Effective April 1, 2016, the Government of Alberta will no longer be mailing out reminders about driver’s licences and vehicle registration. Albertans with disabilities will continue to receive reminders in the mail. Seniors over the age of 70 will continue to receive mailed reminders until April 1, 2017.
Albertans can sign up for electronic reminders by visiting or and signing up for free reminders.
COLLISION DAMAGE REPORTING THRESHOLD
On January 1, 2011, the amount of total property damage requiring a motorist to report a vehicle collision to police in Alberta went from $1,000 to $2,000.
This poster goes to police stations, insurance brokers, Registries offices, and vehicle repair shops throughout the province.
If you are involved in a collision see: What to do after an Auto Collision