Overview

Alberta Transportation licenses driving instructors under the Driver Training Regulation of the Traffic Safety Act.

Licensed driving instructors must be employed by a licensed driver training school.

Starting March 1, 2019, all driver training providers including those that do not charge a fee and all driving instructors (including senior driving instructors) will require the same type of licence to provide driver training. All existing licensed and certified instructors must reapply for a new licence.

How to apply

Step 1. Determine eligibility

There are different requirements for each type of driving instructor. Check the requirements to ensure you are eligible to apply for a licence.

Step 2. Submit application package

Complete the Driving Instructor Licence Application (PDF, 109 KB) form and submit it and supporting application documents to Driver Programs and Licensing Standards (DPLS) via email to trans.driver.prog@gov.ab.ca. You must provide a valid email address. Originals of the Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search need to be mailed or delivered to DPLS.

Step 3. Receive an email

You will receive an email notifying you of the result of your application and the next steps.

Step 4. Pass driving instructor knowledge test

Contact DPLS to schedule a knowledge test at the Edmonton or Calgary office. You have 2 attempts to pass the test. If you are unsuccessful after 2 attempts, you must wait one year to reapply.

Step 5. Pass driving instructor practical test

Contact DPLS to schedule a practical test at the Edmonton or Calgary office. You have 2 attempts to pass the test. If you are unsuccessful after 2 attempts, you must wait one year to reapply.

Step 6. Pay the licence fee

Pay the instructor licence fee (if applicable) at any Alberta registry agent, plus applicable service charges and GST, at any Alberta registry agent office upon successful completion of all training and testing. Proof of payment must be submitted prior to a licence being issued.

Step 7. Receive email

If successful, you will receive a confirmation email and you will be mailed your driving instructor licence.

Resources

Driving Instructor Development Guide for Class 1 and 3

Driving Instructor Development Guide Class 2

Driving Instructor Development Guide Class 2-S

Driving Instructor Development Guide for Class 5

Driving Instructor Development Guide Class 6

Contact

To connect with Driver Programs and Licensing Standards:

Edmonton office

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-8230
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: trans.driver.prog@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Driver Programs and Licensing Standards
Alberta Transportation
1st Floor, Twin Atria Building
4999 98 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta  T6B 2X3

Calgary office

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-8230
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: trans.driver.prog@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Driver Programs and Licensing Standards
Alberta Transportation
1st Floor, Willowglen Business Park
803 Manning Road NE
Calgary, Alberta  T2E 7M8