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Hi all! So...I received a job offer in Delta. BC...and since I'm heading over there on the 28th of Jan and starting work on the 6th of Feb, I figured I'd start looking at cars... Can anyone please tell me what I need to do to be able to buy a car once I land? Do I need an IDP/L? Or will my SA license work until I manage to get the test done for the BC license? Or do I need to have the BC license before even thinking of buying... Rental might get expensive if that is the case, but since I don't know anyone there I figure that would be the simplest solution? Can you do the driver's test with a rental? I think that's it for now... Also, where do I look for accommodation near Tilbury, Delta? What suburbs are good and not too expensive? I'd like to be able to go out to the mountains on a weekend...:) Edit: It seems the company would like me to work on their North Vancouver sites for the first few months. Then they also have a site near Ladner/Westham Island. Thanks!
Hi All, I have read all the topics surrounding obtaining an Alberta Drivers License but I have honestly confused myself with the whole process and just want to check on a few things. I arrived in Canada on vacation, and have ended up staying. Because I didn't plan to stay, I don't have an international drivers license or an RTMC letter. I should have my international drivers in the next few days (it's being posted from SA). For the RTMC letter, do I simple write to the RTMC and request my driving history? With regards to obtaining a drivers license in Alberta, do I have to convert my SA license within 3 months of landing in order to have my SA driving history count? After my knowledge test, am I correct in saying that I hand in my SA license and after approval (I read 2 weeks?) I will be allowed to do my road test? I feel like the drivers is the most difficult thing I've had to adjust to in Canada. All other things have gone smoothly, except for this I was actually driving for a few weeks on just my SA license, no international license, as I was told that was fine. Then yesterday I was told that it's illegal to drive in Alberta without an international license. So now I'm trying to wrap my head around everything. I have been in Calgary since 17 May, so my 3 months is up on 17 August. Would I need to have done the learners test by then? I read on the Alberta Service website that one can drive with an international license for one year? But if I did that, then my SA driving record wouldn't count as I'm over the 3 month mark? Any advice/help would be so appreciated!! Robyn