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Alberta modernizing renewal reminders

Government will save taxpayers $3 million a year by switching to electronic reminders for registration, licence and identification card renewals. 

Access to modern, free registration and licence renewal reminder tools has made the mailing of government reminders a dated practice and an unnecessary expense to Albertans that will stop in April 2016.

“During these tough economic times, it’s particularly important for government to find smart ways to save taxpayers’ money. Moving from printed to electronic notices will save Alberta taxpayers more than $3 million a year while providing more modern and convenient reminder options for drivers.”

Danielle Larivee, Acting Minister of Service Alberta

Albertans with disabilities* will continue to receive their reminders in the mail. Seniors over the age of 70 will continue to receive mailed reminders until April 1, 2017.

The Government of Alberta will be undertaking a public awareness campaign to inform drivers of this change. In addition, registry agents are expected to take a proactive role in reminding drivers when their licence and registration need to be renewed.

Setting up a free reminder is easy

There are three simple ways for Albertans to be reminded when it is time to renew:

  1. Visit your local registry agent and sign up for an email reminder.
  2. Sign up online to receive a reminder from one of the following:
    1. E-registry (Vehicle Registration and Driver’s Licence)
    2. Alberta Motor Association (Vehicle Registration)
    3. MyAlberta (Available April 1, 2016)
  3. Check your licence plate or vehicle registration and mark the date in your calendar.

“AMA has been reminding our members about upcoming vehicle renewals for years, electronically and in the pages of our member magazine. We’re committed to making our members’ lives a little easier through our e-reminder services, and also being able to handle their renewals online and in our centres.”

Don Smitten, President & CEO, Alberta Motor Association

Pre-printed forms aren’t required to renew

Drivers can renew their vehicle registrations at any Alberta registry agent office or online.

“Visit to renew your vehicle registration, sign up for e-reminders for your registration and drivers licence renewals or even pay your traffic fines online.”

Robyn Young, President, Association of Alberta Registry Agents

*Editor's note added Oct 3, 2016 for clarity: Albertans holding parking placards for persons with disabilities or disabled licence plates will continue receiving renewal reminders through the mail.

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