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

An Alberta ID card is for identification purposes only and does not 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 are a student from another jurisdiction and are attending an accredited school in Alberta, you can apply for an ID card.

You will need to prove that you are an Alberta resident and that you can legally live in Canada.

Alberta residency

You can prove that you are 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, are not allowed.


If you are 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
  • Secure Certificate of Indian Status Card (SCIS)
  • confirmation of Permanent Resident or Permanent Resident Card
  • citizenship certificate or card
  • valid Canadian passport
  • valid work permit (must be valid for a minimum of 90 days)
  • a work permit that states “Does not confer temporary residence status” is not acceptable.

How to apply

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


Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-7013
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)