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Ready for a New Adventure? Here’s Your Alberta Moving Checklist

Posted on January 16, 2023

Don’t forget the important details with the help of an Alberta moving checklist.

Don’t forget the important details with the help of an Alberta moving checklist.

Moving can be stressful in the same city, never mind a province! Whether it’s for work, the mountains, or new opportunities, if you’re making the move to Alberta from another province it helps to have a checklist to keep things organized as the date draws near. Don’t forget the important details with the help of an Alberta moving checklist:

1. Secure Your Alberta Address

This sounds like a no-brainer but having your new address in place is the first step in moving and getting all your other necessities, like a driver’s license and health insurance, in order. And, of course, your long-distance mover will need an address! If renting, be sure to avoid rental scams when looking for a lease from afar:

  • Never give out your SIN number.

  • Search for the property to ensure it isn’t already rented.

  • It’s a red flag if the landlord will only communicate by email and refuses phone calls.

  • Don’t hand out cash immediately, particularly if the landlord is pushing you.

  • Trust your gut and walk away if anything seems fishy.

2. Find the Right Long-Distance Movers

While sorting out your new provincial healthcare, car insurance, and internet provider, the last thing you need to worry about is whether your favourite antique lamp will survive the journey. It’s important to go with long-distance movers in Canada who have the right experience to get your precious cargo to your new home in one piece.

Look for long-distance movers who have the answers to your questions, have been around the (interprovincial) block more than a few times, and can inspire confidence through their professionalism. Learn more about our long-distance moving services and get a quote.

3. Importing Your Vehicle

When bringing your car from another province, you have three months to get it registered in Alberta. The vehicle must already be in the province when you register it. You’ll also need the following:

  • To pass an out-of-province inspection (purchase the form from your Alberta registry)

  • Proof of ownership

  • Proof of Alberta insurance

  • An Alberta address

  • I.D.

We’ve got more tips for moving your vehicle on the blog.

4. Your Driver’s License

You have 90 days to exchange your driver’s license in Alberta. You’ll need to turn in your old license at the registry and provide proof of your Alberta address. The license you receive will be the equivalent of the one you held. If you’ve held your permit for less than two years, you’ll be given a graduated driver’s license (GDL) and may need to pass another road exam to obtain a full license.

5. Stay Healthy

Getting your healthcare set up in Alberta is a breeze. You’ll need to fill out an application form and bring it to your local registry in person, along with supporting legal documents, including proof of Alberta residency, identity, and legal entitlement to be in Canada. Identifications like your driver’s license, Canadian passport or permanent residency card, and utility bills should do the trick. Find the form and learn more on Alberta’s website.

Don’t get bogged down by bureaucracy and stress when moving to Alberta. The right long-distance moving company makes setting off on your next adventure easy. Get started with a free estimate.