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Licences: renewal
and changes

Effective April 1, 2016, the Government
of Alberta will no longer be mailing out
reminders about driver’s licences and
vehicle registration. Albertans can sign up
for electronic reminders by visiting E-registry
or MyAlberta and signing up for free
reminders. It is your responsibility to renew
your driver’s licence on or before the
expiry date.

To change a name or address on your
driver’s licence, visit any Registry Agent.
By law, a person is required to notify
Alberta Registries, through a Registry
Agent, of any name or address change
immediately. Proper identification is
required before any change, replacement
or renewal can be made.

Definitions

Air brakes (air to all
foundation brakes)

A vehicle with an air brake system has
brakes that are initiated by air pressure from
an engine-driven compressor. This sends
air pressure through a series of hoses,
reservoirs and control valves to all the
vehicle’s foundation brakes. An air brake “Q”
endorsement or Class 1 licence is required
to drive a vehicle with an air brake system.

Air over hydraulic braking
system (combination of air
and hydraulic foundation
brakes)

In an air over hydraulic braking system the
vehicle’s axles have air actuated foundation

brakes, and some of the vehicle’s axles
have hydraulic foundation brakes. An air
brake “Q” endorsement or Class 1 licence
is required to drive this type of vehicle.

Air actuated hydraulic braking
system (air assisted, but
all foundation brakes are
hydraulic)

In an air actuated hydraulic braking system
the air compressor is used to boost
the hydraulic system to all the vehicle’s
foundation brakes. An air brake “Q”
endorsement is NOT required to drive this
type of vehicle.

 NOTE: No drivers (other than a learner)
 may operate a vehicle equipped with air
 brakes, (air to all foundation brakes),
 unless they hold either a Class 1 driver’s
 licence or a driver’s licence with a “Q”
 (air brake) endorsement. 

Ambulance

An ambulance is an emergency vehicle
that is designed to transport injured
persons, and is equipped with rescue or
first aid equipment.

Axle

An axle is a shaft on which two or more
wheels revolve.

Bus

Section 130(1) (a) of the Traffic Safety Act;
“bus” means a commercial vehicle
(i) that is designed for carrying 11 or
more persons, including the person driving
the vehicle, and
 

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