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You may submit an affected person application for relief of a vehicle seizure if you are the registered owner and were not the driver of the seized vehicle, by establishing one or more of the grounds set out in Section 11.1 of the Vehicle Seizure and Removal Regulation:
- your vehicle was seized after being stolen or taken without your consent
- your vehicle was seized and you could not have reasonably known the driver was suspended
- a vehicle owned by a third party (for example, a rental car agency or an employer) was seized after being driven in the course of committing an Immediate Roadside Sanctions (IRS) contravention.
Hardship is not a ground for review. For example, if you need the vehicle to drive to work or you need the vehicle to drive a family member to a medical appointment. This is hardship and is not a ground for review.
How to apply
An application for relief of a vehicle seizure may be submitted through the SafeRoads portal or at a participating Alberta registry agent. If you submit your application through an Alberta Registry agent you may be subject to a service charge.
To apply for relief of a vehicle seizure, you must:
- apply within 12 months of the issuance of the Seizure Notice online
- select a date for your written application to be reviewed
- provide your contact information for preferred method of contact
- agree to the terms and conditions
- pay the non-refundable application fee of $50
If you are successful on your application, you are responsible for all costs associated with the vehicle seizure, including any tow lot fees or charges.
Applying for a relief of a vehicle seizure review does not guarantee the return of your vehicle.
If you choose to be represented by a lawyer or an agent, Consent to Representation is required. Enter the representative’s information and upload the completed Consent to Representation form (PDF, 2.4 MB) to the SafeRoads portal. This form will be deemed an original.
You are responsible for any costs for the representative.
PDF form issues
Fillable PDF forms do not open properly on some mobile devices and web browsers. To fill in and save the form:
- Save the PDF form to your computer – click or right-click the link and download the form.
- Open the PDF form with Adobe Reader. Fill it in and save it.
You can use a translator of your choice to help you prepare your written review submission if you need translation to the English language. You are responsible for any costs for translation.
Schedule your review
After you submit your application for relief of the vehicle seizure you will receive confirmation via your preferred contact method the date your application will be reviewed by an adjudicator.
Changes to scheduled review
You can reschedule the date of the review of your application for relief to any available date one time. This change must be done no later than one full business day before the scheduled review date.
Upload supporting documents
Applications for relief of a vehicle seizure from an affected person require supporting documents which depends on the grounds for review (Section 11.1(3) or (4) or both of the Vehicle Seizure and Removal Regulation). This may mean you are required to provide one or more of the following supporting documents:
- a rental agreement if the vehicle is a rental vehicle
- a commercial driver’s abstract for the driver of the seized vehicle dated not more than one year from the date of occurrence if the vehicle is a commercial vehicle
- proof that before driving the motor vehicle, the person driving the motor vehicle showed you an operator’s licence that was in their name, not expired and was the appropriate class to drive the vehicle
- proof the driver is not the registered owner of the seized vehicle
To be considered as part of your application for relief, your supporting documents must be uploaded to the SafeRoads portal by 11:59 pm the day before the scheduled review.
Participating registry agents may provide this service for a service charge.
For more information about supporting document requirements including accepted file formats and sizes, see SafeRoads support.
During the review
As all reviews of an affected person applications for relief of a vehicle seizure are written, you or your representative do not attend the review.
The adjudicator will consider all of supporting documents provided by you or your representative, and all of the supporting documents provided by the law enforcement agency. The adjudicator will make a decision to confirm or cancel the Seizure Notice.
After the review
You will be notified by your preferred contact method when the adjudicator’s decision is available in the SafeRoads portal.
If your preferred method of communication is by telephone, a copy of the decision will be delivered by mail to the preferred mailing address as identified in the SafeRoads portal. The Government of Alberta has no control of Canada Post delivery dates so you may receive the mailed copy of the decision after the 30 days.
If your application for relief was approved, a Seized Vehicle Release Authorization will be provided to the tow lot where your vehicle was impounded to release your vehicle. You will be responsible for all costs involved in the vehicle seizure.
If you wish to serve a copy of your Originating Application on the Director by email, visit Service of commencement documents on the Crown for more information.
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