ID cards

How it works

Get an Alberta identification card if you don't have a driver's licence.

If you’re an Alberta resident who can legally live in Canada and don’t have a valid driver’s licence, you can apply for an ID card to use as photo identification.

What’s important to know

An Alberta ID card is for identification purposes only and doesn’t allow the holder to operate a motor vehicle. The ID card is valid for 5 years.


The minimum age to hold an ID card is 12 years old.

Applicants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to provide consent.

If you’re a student from another jurisdiction and are attending an accredited school in Alberta, you can apply for an ID card.

Get an ID card

To apply for an Alberta ID card, visit any authorized registry agent in Alberta.

You’ll need to prove that you’re an Alberta resident and that you can legally live in Canada.

Find a registry agent

Alberta residency

You can prove that you’re an Alberta resident by providing the registry agent with a utility bill or other statement that has been mailed to your residence. Electronic statements, such as bank statements, aren’t allowed.


If you’re a student from outside Alberta, you can prove Alberta residency by providing a letter from the Alberta accredited college or university stating that you are a full-time student.

Canada residency

To prove that you can legally live in Canada, you can provide the registry agent with one of the following:

  • Canadian birth certificate
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • citizenship card
  • Canadian passport
  • work permit
  • A work permit that states “Does not confer temporary residence status” is not acceptable.

Contact this service

780-427-7013, toll free dial 310-0000 first in Alberta

8:15 am - 4:30 pm (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)

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