Changes to impaired driving laws

Alberta’s impaired driving laws changed effective December 1, 2020. A new Immediate Roadside Sanctions program will keep our roads safer by providing serious and immediate consequences for all impaired drivers.

Read Freeing up police and courts to make Alberta safer for more information.

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Overview

The Commercial Driver Abstract (CDA) provides industry with accurate information on new and current commercial drivers. Previously, the only information available was found in the current driver abstract and information the drivers were willing to share about their driving history.

Request a CDA

If you are not or have not been a commercial driver in the last 3 years, the original Driver Abstract would be adequate if requested by an employer.

A CDA is compiled of all of the same information as listed in the Driver Abstract, but includes National Safety Code (NSC) violations and inspection results obtained while operating a commercial vehicle. If you are currently a commercial driver or have been in the past, a CDA should be requested to give you the most accurate information into your driving history.

Anyone can go to any Registry Agent and request a CDA. You will need to have held an operator's licence in Alberta at some point in order to request a CDA.

Your CDA can also be requested by:

  • your employer or prospective employer, who can ask you to sign a waiver which allows them to request your CDA on your behalf
  • a police officer
  • Alberta Transportation employees to perform their duties, such as driver assessments and National Safety Code audits

Fees

It costs $15 for each requested abstract, plus service charges applied by the Registry Agent.

If you have an excellent safety fitness rating, you do not have to pay the $15 fee. Registry Agent service charges still apply though.

Types of driver abstracts

A CDA is similar to the current Driver Abstract with the addition of specific information relating to a commercial driver.

A CDA contains:

  • existing driver’s abstract information
  • inspection results from (NSC) infractions results from inspections conducted under the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)

The CDA uses existing Driver's Abstract information and includes information on National Safety Code (NSC) violations such as:

  • hours of service
  • cargo securement
  • dangerous good
  • mechanical issues
  • CVSA inspection results

The CDA is inclusive of information from any NSC violation received while operating commercially registered vehicles.

CDA violations

The CDA includes all moving violations, NSC non-moving violations and CVSA inspection results from the date the CDA is requested going back 3, 5 or 10 years.

Collisions are not shown on the CDA.

Violation errors

There is no fee for requesting corrections to your CDA. However you will need to pay the $15 fee to receive an updated copy of the CDA from a Registry Agent once the corrections are done.

For moving violation errors contact:

Driver Fitness and Monitoring
Phone: 780-427-8230
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)

For non-moving violation errors contact:

Carrier & Vehicle Safety
Phone: 780-427-8901
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)

Demerit points

Demerit points are only assessed for specific moving violations. Please read Demerit Point Program and Service of Documents Regulation for full details.

Although demerit points are not assessed for non-moving violations, you will not be able to renew your operator’s licence if you have unpaid fines.

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