UCalgary Driver Requirements


Driving University-owned and Rented Vehicles

Individuals who are eligible to drive under the University of Calgary owned and rental vehicle programs (both within North America and worldwide) include employees, academic staff members, postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, undergraduate students, interns, externs, co-op students, and volunteers. Coverage does not include countries that are subject to trade or other economic sanction or embargo by Canada.

Eligible Drivers Must:

  • be 18 years or older
  • have less than seven demerit points against their license
  • have a valid driver's license for the type of vehicle they are driving
  • ensure they are qualified to drive in the country/province/state in which they are driving
  • not have a graduated (GDL), learner's, probationary, or motorcycle/moped only license. 
  • review the University of Calgary Vehicle Operator's Guide (Driver's Handbook)

There are further requirements for each category of driver below.  Please review them prior to applying.

Individuals from other post-secondary institutes or companies are not eligible to drive University of Calgary-owned or rented vehicles on behalf of the university.

While Driving for the University

It is the responsibility of the driver to cease driving for the University and contact Risk Management & Insurance if any of the following situations occur:  a) they have seven or more demerits; b) they have their license suspended or revoked; or c) their medical practitioner has indicated that they should not drive.

All accidents that occur while individuals are driving on University business are required to be reported to Campus Security (403-220-5333) and Risk Management & Insurance as soon as possible.

Drivers involved in any of the following will be reviewed by Risk Management and Insurance:

  • multiple accidents within a two year period
  • a serious accident
  • a serious driving infraction while driving on university-related business

The results of this review may require the driver to attend a drivers safety course in order to continue as a driver insured under this program or could result in suspension of driving privileges.


Alberta Driver's License

If you hold an Alberta driver's license, choose from the selections below for the documentation necessary to apply to drive for the University of Calgary. Only driver's abstracts issued within the last thirty days are considered current. Drivers abstracts can be obtained from any Alberta Registry Office. Locations can be found on the Service Alberta website.

Employees, academic staff members, and postdoctoral scholars may only drive vehicles for university business.

  1. UCalgary-owned Vehicles

    1. Register with UCalgary

    Register to be a driver with UCalgary

    2. Driver's Abstract

    Complete the abstract consent, scan and email to drivers@ucalgary.ca

  2. UCalgary Rental Vehicles

    1. Registration - Not Required

    Registration is not required. Insurance is automatically covered by UCalgary as long as is only driven on UCalgary business ⁠— if the vehicle is being used for non-UCalgary purposes, purchase insurance from rental company. 

    2. Drivers Abstract - Not Required

    Government drivers abstract consent form is not required. 

Graduate students may only drive vehicles for varsity team transport, credit course-related field trips, or field research that has been approved by their department head or designate as requiring a vehicle.

  1. UCalgary-owned Vehicles

    1. Register With UCalgary

    Register to be a driver with UCalgary 

    All UCalgary employees must register to drive on UCalgary business. 

    2. Send in Drivers Abstract

    Obtain drivers abstract and send to drivers@ucalgary.ca

    3. Complete Reimbursement and EFT Forms

    Complete the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) form and email it to uofcsuppliers@ucalgary.ca

    Complete and sign the Reimbursement for Drivers Abstract Form. Scan and attach both the completed form and the receipt and email to drivers@ucalgary.ca.

  2. UCalgary Rental Vehicles

    1. Register With UCalgary

    Register to be a driver with UCalgary 

    All UCalgary employees must register to drive on UCalgary business. 

    2. Send in Drivers Abstract

    Obtain drivers abstract and send to drivers@ucalgary.ca

    3. Complete Reimbursement and EFT Forms

    Complete the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) form and email it to uofcsuppliers@ucalgary.ca

    Complete and sign the Reimbursement for Drivers Abstract Form. Scan and attach both the completed form and the receipt and email to drivers@ucalgary.ca.

Undergraduate students may only drive vehicles for varsity team transport, credit course-related field trips, or for field research that has been approved by their department head or designate as requiring a vehicle. In all cases listed above, the trip must be under the direct supervision of a university employee who is either in the vehicle or in an accompanying vehicle.

  1. UCalgary-owned Vehicles

    1. Register with UCalgary

    Register to be a driver with UCalgary 

    2. Send in Drivers Abstract

    Obtain drivers abstract and send to drivers@ucalgary.ca

    3. Complete Reimbursement and EFT Forms

    Complete the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) form and email it to uofcsuppliers@ucalgary.ca

    Complete and sign the Reimbursement for Drivers Abstract Form. Scan and attach both the completed form and the receipt and email to drivers@ucalgary.ca.

  2. UCalgary Rental Vehicles

    1. Register with UCalgary

    Register to be a driver with UCalgary 

    2. Send in Drivers Abstract

    Obtain drivers abstract and send to drivers@ucalgary.ca

    3. Complete Reimbursement and EFT Forms

    Complete the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) form and email it to uofcsuppliers@ucalgary.ca

    Complete and sign the Reimbursement for Drivers Abstract Form. Scan and attach both the completed form and the receipt and email to drivers@ucalgary.ca.

Volunteers and visiting students may only drive vehicles on university business with approval from the department head or designate, as well as Risk Management and Insurance.

If a department wishes a volunteer to drive on its behalf, email drivers@ucalgary.ca with the name of the driver, the department, and the reason for which they are driving on your behalf. The individual must already be a registered volunteer of the University of Calgary and driving must be included in the volunteer's activity description.

  1. UCalgary-owned Vehicles

    1. Register With UCalgary

    Register to be a driver with UCalgary 

    All UCalgary employees must register to drive on UCalgary business. 

    2. Send in Drivers Abstract

    Obtain drivers abstract and send to drivers@ucalgary.ca

    3. Complete Reimbursement and EFT Forms

    Complete the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) form and email it to uofcsuppliers@ucalgary.ca

    Complete and sign the Reimbursement for Drivers Abstract Form. Scan and attach both the completed form and the receipt and email to drivers@ucalgary.ca.

  2. UCalgary Rental Vehicles

    1. Register With UCalgary

    Register to be a driver with UCalgary 

    All UCalgary employees must register to drive on UCalgary business. 

    2. Send in Drivers Abstract

    Obtain drivers abstract and send to drivers@ucalgary.ca

    3. Complete Reimbursement and EFT Forms

    Complete the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) form and email it to uofcsuppliers@ucalgary.ca

    Complete and sign the Reimbursement for Drivers Abstract Form. Scan and attach both the completed form and the receipt and email to drivers@ucalgary.ca.


All Other Canadian Provinces or U.S. Driver's License

If you hold a driver's license from any Canadian province other than Alberta, or a U.S. Drivers License, select below for the list of documentation necessary to apply to drive for the University of Calgary.

Once an employee becomes an Alberta resident, they have ninety days in which to obtain an Alberta driver's license (see Alberta Operators Licensing and Vehicle Control Regulation - Part 1 - Section 3 - Non-Alberta Licenses).

  1. UCalgary-owned Vehicles

    1. Register with UCalgary

    Register to be a driver with UCalgary

    2. Send in Drivers Abstract

    Driver must obtain abstract and email to drivers@ucalgary.ca

  2. UCalgary Rental Vehicles

    1. Register with UCalgary

    Register to be a driver with UCalgary

    2. Send in Drivers Abstract

    Driver must obtain abstract and email to drivers@ucalgary.ca

May only drive vehicles for the following university purposes: varsity team transport, credit course-related field trips, or field research that has been approved by their department head or designate as requiring a vehicle.

  1. UCalgary-owned Vehicles

    1. Register with UCalgary

    Register to be a driver with UCalgary

    2. Send in Drivers Abstract

    Driver must obtain abstract and email to drivers@ucalgary.ca

  2. UCalgary Rental Vehicles

    1. Register with UCalgary

    Register to be a driver with UCalgary

    2. Send in Drivers Abstract

    Driver must obtain abstract and email to drivers@ucalgary.ca

May only drive vehicles for the following university purposes: varsity team transport or credit course-related field trips.  In both cases, the trip must be under the direct supervision of a university employee who is either in the vehicle or in an accompanying vehicle.

  1. UCalgary-owned Vehicles

    1. Register with UCalgary

    Register to be a driver with UCalgary

    2. Send in Drivers Abstract

    Driver must obtain abstract and email to drivers@ucalgary.ca

  2. UCalgary Rental Vehicles

    1. Register with UCalgary

    Register to be a driver with UCalgary

    2. Send in Drivers Abstract

    Driver must obtain abstract and email to drivers@ucalgary.ca

May only drive vehicles on university business with approval from the department head or designate, as well as Risk Management and Insurance. If a department wishes a volunteer to drive on its behalf, email drivers@ucalgary.ca with the name of the driver, the department, and the reason for which they are driving on your behalf. The individual must already be a registered volunteer of the University of Calgary and driving must be included in the volunteer's activity description.

  1. UCalgary-owned Vehicles

    1. Register with UCalgary

    Register to be a driver with UCalgary

    2. Send in Drivers Abstract

    Driver must obtain abstract and email to drivers@ucalgary.ca

  2. UCalgary Rental Vehicles

    1. Register with UCalgary

    Register to be a driver with UCalgary

    2. Send in Drivers Abstract

    Driver must obtain abstract and email to drivers@ucalgary.ca


International Driver's License

If you hold an international driver's license, select below for the list of documentation necessary to apply to drive for the University of Calgary. Ensure that you review the Government of Alberta information with respect to the International Driving Permit (IDP) and where it can be obtained in Alberta. Drivers obtain and submit current drivers abstract from the province or state that issued their drivers license.

Once an employee becomes an Alberta resident, they have ninety days in which to obtain an Alberta Driver's License (see Alberta Operators Licensing and Vehicle Control Regulation - Part 1 - Section 3 - Non Alberta Licenses)

  1. UCalgary-owned Vehicles

    Email the below documentation to drivers@ucalgary.ca.

    • Front and back copy of driver's license
    • Copy of International driver's permit, if applicable (check with Govt. of Alberta)
    • Current driver's abstract or a letter from your  insurance company (in English or translated into English)
  2. UCalgary Rental Vehicles

    Email the below documentation to drivers@ucalgary.ca.

    • Front and back copy of driver's license
    • Copy of International driver's permit, if applicable (check with Govt. of Alberta)
    • Current driver's abstract or a letter from your  insurance company (in English or translated into English)

May only drive vehicles for the following university purposes: varsity team transport, credit course-related field trips, or field research that has been approved by their department head or designate as requiring a vehicle.

  1. UCalgary-owned Vehicles

    Email the below documentation to drivers@ucalgary.ca.

    • Front and back copy of driver's license
    • Copy of International driver's permit, if applicable (check with Govt. of Alberta)
    • Current driver's abstract or a letter from your  insurance company (in English or translated into English)
  2. UCalgary Rental Vehicles

    Email the below documentation to drivers@ucalgary.ca.

    • Front and back copy of driver's license
    • Copy of International driver's permit, if applicable (check with Govt. of Alberta)
    • Current driver's abstract or a letter from your  insurance company (in English or translated into English)

May only drive vehicles for the following university purposes: varsity team transport or credit course-related field trips. In both cases, the trip must be under the direct supervision of a university employee who is either in the vehicle or in an accompanying vehicle.

  1. UCalgary-owned Vehicles

    Email the below documentation to drivers@ucalgary.ca.

    • Front and back copy of driver's license
    • Copy of International driver's permit, if applicable (check with Govt. of Alberta)
    • Current driver's abstract or a letter from your  insurance company (in English or translated into English)
  2. UCalgary Rental Vehicles

    Email the below documentation to drivers@ucalgary.ca.

    • Front and back copy of driver's license
    • Copy of International driver's permit, if applicable (check with Govt. of Alberta)
    • Current driver's abstract or a letter from your  insurance company (in English or translated into English)

May only drive vehicles on university business with approval from the department head or designate, as well as Risk Management and Insurance. If a department wishes a volunteer to drive on its behalf, email drivers@ucalgary.ca with the name of the driver, the department and the reason for which they are driving on your behalf. The individual must already be a registered volunteer of the University of Calgary and driving must be included in the volunteer's activity description.

  1. UCalgary-owned Vehicles

    Email the below documentation to drivers@ucalgary.ca.

    • Front and back copy of driver's license
    • Copy of International driver's permit, if applicable (check with Govt. of Alberta)
    • Current driver's abstract or a letter from your  insurance company (in English or translated into English)
  2. UCalgary Rental Vehicles

    Email the below documentation to drivers@ucalgary.ca.

    • Front and back copy of driver's license
    • Copy of International driver's permit, if applicable (check with Govt. of Alberta)
    • Current driver's abstract or a letter from your  insurance company (in English or translated into English)