Getting Your Driver's Licence
If you have a medical or physical condition that could affect your ability to drive, getting a driver's licence can be complicated.
Some important things to know:
- By law, you need to report any medical or physical condition that could affect your ability to drive to Alberta Transportation - Driver Fitness and Monitoring.
- Your family doctor will need to fill out a Medical Examination Form. Your doctor may charge a fee for this. You will then need to send the completed form to Driver's Fitness & Monitoring with a letter saying that you need feedback from a Reviewing Officer about how to get your licence.
- You may need a pre-driving assessment to make sure you are able to drive safely. Your doctor and Driver Fitness & Monitoring will decide this. There is usually a fee for a pre-driving assessment and you may need a referral from your doctor.
- See Adapting a Vehicle for places that adapt vehicles for those with mobility challenges. They may also sell used vehicles that have already been adapted.
- If you are buying a new car, you may qualify for a rebate of up to $1,000 to help cover the cost of installing driving aids. Ask your dealer for more information.
- Call Spinal Cord Injury Alberta at 403-228-3001 to find out who offers training for hand controls.
Apply early for a pre-driving assessment, as there are often waiting lists for this service.