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Carrier Services Permit Applications

Carrier Services monitors, controls and issues safety permits for commercial carriers. Safety permits are those issued by the Registrar for exemptions to federal and provincial safety laws (for example, hours of service or record keeping requirements). Permits issued by the Registrar through Carrier Services do not include vehicle weight and dimension or special event permits (refer to Transport Engineering for these).

Online Applications
Online Application Help Documents
Hardcopy Applications
Permit Fees
Permit Review Process

Before applying for a safety permit, carriers should review the sample permit conditions carefully to ensure that the permit type they apply for meets their business needs. Carriers should also ensure they are in compliance with all permit conditions.

Permit Name

Short Description

Operating Status

Application Information

Sample Permit Conditions

Application

Divided Record Authority

Carrier may retain records at a location (outside or inside of Alberta) other than their principal place of business.

Federal or Provincial

See Conditions

Divided Record Authority Conditions

Apply Online

CAODC Oil and Gas Well Service Rig

CAODC member carriers may gain some exemptions to: CVIP annual inspections; dangerous goods training and documentation; drivers' licence requirements.

Federal or Provincial

CAODC Permit Information

CAODC Permit Conditions

Apply Online

Municipal Firefighting Vehicle

Municipalities with firefighting vehicles may gain some exemptions to: CVIP annual inspections, retention of records at locations other than their principal place of business, requirement to obtain annual driver abstracts.

Provincial

MFV Permit Information

MFV Permit Conditions

Apply Online

Water Well Drilling Rig Exemption

Water Well member carriers may gain some exemptions to: CVIP annual inspections; drivers' hours of service; reduced vehicle registration fees.

Provincial

WWDR
Permit Information

WWD Permit Conditions

Apply Online

Oil Well Service Vehicle Cycle Exemption

Allows drivers an exemption from federal hours of service cycle requirements.

Federal
See note below*

OWSV
Permit Information

OWSV Permit Conditions

Apply Online

NOTICE: (March 18, 2016) Recent Changes to OWSV Permit

NOTICE: (January 2017) Additional Changes to OWSV Permit 

Federal Extended Drivers' Hours of Service

Allows drivers a maximum 2 hour exemption from daily and workshift hours of service requirements when they: follow a regular itinerary; deliver perishable goods; or respond to an immediate public need.

Federal

See Conditions

Federal
Extended HOS Permit Conditions

PDF

Provincial Extended Drivers' Hours of Service

Allows drivers a maximum 2 hour exemption from daily and workshift hours of service requiremnts when they: follow a regular itinerary; deliver perishable goods; or respond to an immediate public need.

Provincial

See Conditions

Provincial
Extended HOS Permit Conditions

PDF

* Note: The Oil Well Service Vehicle Cycle Exemption Permit applies only to Alberta-plated National Safety Code vehicles. Jurisdictions in which the permit can be utilized include Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, and Yukon. For more information about using the permit in different jurisdictions, please contact Carrier Services.

Online Applications

Carrier Services safety permit applications are available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through Alberta Transportation Online Services. If a carrier has an account with Online Services, they can login with their username and password. Go to the "My Account" link and request to add the "Carrier Services Permits" service to the account options. This service addition may take one or two business days to process.

Carriers that do not have access to Online Services must register for an account. To do this, go to the Online Services page and select "Register" under the "Need a User ID?" link. Follow the instructions provided. Registration may take up to three business days to process. Information related to the Login ID and password will be emailed to the account holder following finalization of the registration.

Please direct any questions related to account options, service additions, or registration problems to Carrier Services.

Once the permit application has been submitted, it is automatically sent to Carrier Services for review. If the permit application is approved, the carrier receives an email notification that contains an official copy of the permit document(s) and receipt of payment. If the application has been declined, the carrier receives an email notification with review comments.

Permit applications are reviewed and issued by Carrier Services during office hours only (Monday to Friday from 8:15am to 4:30pm).

Benefits of the Online Permit System

  • Shortens carrier wait time;
  • Automatic email notification regarding application status;
  • Official permit document with attachments can be emailed directly to the carrier;
  • Online applications can be "copied" for easy renewals;
  • Electronic records of a carrier's permits can be reviewed at any time;
  • Applicable fees are waived for Partners in Compliance (PIC) carriers and government agencies.

Online Application Help Documents

Information links are available throughout the online application to assist with the entry process. Consult with the documents below for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions
Walkthrough of Carrier Services Online Permit Applications
Entering Driver and Vehicle Information
Permit Renewals through the Online System
Updating Permit Information Prior to Expiry

Hardcopy Applications

Carriers can contact Carrier Services or carrierservicespermitsapplications@gov.ab.ca to request a printed copy of the permit application. If a hardcopy application is submitted by fax, email or regular mail it will be transferred to an electronic record for internal recordkeeping and review purposes. This electronic record may be available to view if the online permit service is used in the future. If email information from the carrier is provided, they may receive an email relating to the status of their application, or receive the official permit document(s) and payment receipt electronically.  

Permit Fees

A non-refundable application fee is required for all permit applications. Permit fees are $55 for all permits, with the exception of the CAODC and Water Well permits, which are $100 (these permits are issued for 5 years). Government agencies and Partners in Compliance (PIC) carriers are exempt from all application fees.

A non-refundable application fee is required for all permit applications. Permit fees are $55 for all permits, with the exception of the CAODC and Water Well permits, which are $100 (these permits are issued for 5 years). Government agencies and Partners in Compliance (PIC) carriers are exempt from all application fees.

As of December 31, 2013, the Government of Alberta has changed the process for accepting credit cards to protect the security of cardholder data and comply wih the Payment Card Industry-Data Security Standard and PCI Compliance requirements.

• Online applications must be paid by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or “On-Account” (if the carrier has a valid account with Alberta Transportation). For credit card payments processed online, the applicant enters their cardholder data through a secure payment page powered by TD Merchant Services.

• For applications not submitted online, the application fee may be paid by credit card, ‘On-account’ (if the carrier has a valid account), cash, money order, or cheque made payable to the ‘Government of Alberta’. If payment by credit card is preferred, the credit card number cannot be included in the application. Failure to comply with the payment procedures will result in the application not being processed.

For any questions regarding permit applications, contact carrierservicespermitsapplications@gov.ab.ca or Carrier Services.