I’m moving from Alberta to the United Kingdom. However, I will be staying in an AirBnb for 5 weeks before leaving Canada. What should I do for my drivers licence and vehicle registration?

May 28, 2021

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  1. Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out to our moving concierge team about your moving related question. Moving from Canada to the UK must be so exciting for you and your family!

    When moving, you must update your Alberta driver’s licence and/or vehicle registration within 14 days of a change of address. We have done our research and discussed with Service Alberta to better understand your options in this particular situation. Below are 4 options for your reference:

    1. You can change both your Physical and Mailing address to your new Airbnb address by visiting your closest registry agent. There is a $28 fee for the address change and a 30 day delay to receive your new card at the Airbnb address. By doing this, you are following the law but will have to go through the process and pay the fee.
    2. You can leave both your Physical and Mailing address at your current home for the 5 weeks you will be at the Airbnb which will avoid the hassle of updating your address. The downside of this option is you are taking the risk of getting a fine for not changing your address if you get pulled over on the road. In addition, the ticket and any other important mail concerning your Alberta drivers licence would be sent to your current home.
    3. You can leave your Mailing address at your current home and change your Physical address to the Airbnb address in your record by visiting your closest registry agent. The upside of this option is you could avoid the fine for not changing your address if you get pulled over but it does not fix the fact that important mail would still be sent to your current home.
    4. You can temporarily purchase a postal box number and use it as your Mailing address and change your Physical address to your Airbnb address. In this case, you won’t be fined if you are pulled over for not changing your recorded driver’s licence address and avoid losing mail during that 5-week period. The downside of this option is you must pay for both the address change ($28) and the postal box number.
    5. In any case, you must cancel your driver’s licence through Service Alberta before you leave for the UK.

      Wishing you all the best in this new journey !

      Philippe Tardif-Michaud | Business Development

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