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Identification Card

An Alberta photo identification card (ID card) is available to Alberta residents who do not or cannot hold a valid Alberta operator’s licence. The ID card is clearly marked for identification purposes only and does not entitle the person to operate a motor vehicle under any circumstances.

The minimum age to obtain an ID card is 12 years old. Applicants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to provide consent. The ID card is issued for a 5-year term.

ID Requirements

Under the age of 18:

  • Parental consent: presence and ID of the mother, father or legal guardian (must see legal papers if guardian)
  • ID for the youth: passport, birth certificate or other proof of status in Canada (permanent resident card or citizenship card)

18 years of age or over:

  • Two pieces of ID: birth certificate, passport or status in Canada (citizen, permanent resident, work permit). Second piece of ID can be:
    • Alberta Health Care card
  • Proof of Alberta address: please click here for more information
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