As a full-time international student, you can drive in Canada with a license from your home country for up to a year. It is a good idea to obtain an International Driver's Permit in your home country before coming to Canada.
While driving, you should always have with you:
- Your valid driver’s license
- Your uLethbridge student ID card or other proof of student status at uLethbridge
- An International Driver’s Permit (obtained from your home country) if your license is in a language other than English
If you do not have an International Driver’s Permit, you should carry a certified translation of your driver’s license.
When you need to, you can apply for an Alberta Driver’s License. You may need to take a written test and/or road test, depending on the country that issued your driver’s license. You will need to surrender your previous driver’s license, as it is illegal to hold more than one license.
If you plan to drive in Alberta, make sure you know the rules of the road. Laws and driving etiquette may be different from where you have driven before. For instance, did you know that in Alberta, it’s legal to turn right after coming to a complete stop at a red light, as long as it’s safe? Did you know that pedestrians always have the right of way?
Find out more here: Driver's Guide to Operating, Safety and Licensing.