Reciprocal Licencing

Reciprocal licensing agreements are agreements between two licence-issuing government authorities allowing for the exchange of a licence in one jurisdiction for an equivalent type of licence in the other jurisdiction, after the licence holder becomes legally resident in a new jurisdiction.

These agreements allow governments to eliminate some of the bureaucratic hurdles experienced by those who are relocating themselves to a new jurisdiction, by agreeing to recognise the validity of certain foreign licences and give credit for a driver’s previous experience as recorded by the foreign licensing authorities.

Reciprocal licensing agreements make it easier for people to move between the jurisdictions in question, and help to improve commercial links between countries.

As is implied by the name, reciprocal agreements generally involve complete reciprocity in the manner in which licences are exchanges, when multiple classes of licence are involved:  if one authority wishes to include only one licence class (usually the private passenger vehicle class – Class 5 in Alberta, or Class B in France), the other will generally not recognise any additional classes unilaterally, such as motorcycle or commercial licence classes.

You can use the “Reciprocal Licensing” menu above to view information on the various agreements signed by Alberta and France regarding reciprocal licensing agreements with other jurisdictions.