In addition to any penalties under the Criminal Code of Canada, the Province of Alberta will suspend your driver's licence privileges and impose conditions you must meet to have your driving privileges reinstated. The Province of Alberta suspension is served at the same time as a court-ordered driving prohibition.
Driving while your driver's licence privileges are suspended or disqualified
If you operate a motor vehicle while your driver's licence driving privileges are suspended or disqualified you can face time in jail, fines, or both. In addition, if you are currently serving a suspension, you will face another suspension. The vehicle you are driving will be seized and impounded for 30 days regardless of who is the registered owner. All towing charges and impound fees will be charged to the registered owner of the vehicle.
Your driver's license driving privileges can be suspended or disqualified. If you receive a driver's licence suspension or disqualification you will receive notification via registered letter to the last recorded address on your driver's licence record, from Driver Fitness and Monitoring , indicating the reasons for your suspension or disqualification.
If your driver's licence driving privileges are suspended or disqualified, your Notice of Suspension letter will identify the length of your suspension or disqualification and the conditions that you must meet to have your driving privileges reinstated.
When you have met the conditions of your suspension or disqualification you will receive another letter from Driver Fitness and Monitoring, indicating that your suspension or disqualification has been removed and the date you are eligible to operate a motor vehicle.
Reinstatement of your driver's licence privileges as a result of an alcohol, drug or drug-alcohol-related offence
When you are convicted of an alcohol, drug, or alcohol-drug-related offence, your driver's licence privileges suspension takes effect at that time.
A Notice of Suspension will be sent to you by mail to the last recorded address on your driver's licence. Make sure your driver's licence has your current address.
Suspensions remain in effect until all the conditions on the Notice of Suspension are met. This includes drivers who have left the province. Read your notice carefully to ensure you have met the conditions of your suspension. If you have not met the conditions of your suspension your driving privileges may not be reinstated.
The Notice of Suspension will include all the conditions that must be met prior to reinstatement of your driving privileges.
For an alcohol, drug, or alcohol-drug-related driving charge some of the conditions that you may have to meet are:
1. Attend a 1-day driver program.
2. Attend a weekend driver program.
3. Mandatory participation in the Ignition Interlock Program.
You will also be required to pay the reinstatement fee and take a road test.
After your suspension period is over, you must go to an Alberta Registry Agent office and provide proof that you have met your reinstatement requirements. The registry agent will then be able to issue you a driver's licence. A written notice that says your driving privileges have been reinstated will be mailed to you.
If your driver's licence expires during the suspension period, it cannot be renewed until all the conditions for reinstatement have been met.
Ignition interlock program
If you have lost your driving privileges through an impaired driving conviction, the Ignition Interlock Program can allow you to gain driving privileges with conditions. Depending on the circumstances, participation may be voluntary or mandatory.
The program is mandatory for:
- all drivers who have more than one alcohol-related Criminal Code conviction in the past 10 years
- first offences when the driver is convicted for driving with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) greater than the legal limit of 0.08
- drivers who refuse to provide a breath, blood or toxicological (blood or urine) sample
- the Alberta Transportation Driver Fitness and Monitoring (DFM) must approve your participation.
- you will have to pay all costs associated with the installation and maintenance of the approved ignition interlock device
More information about this program can be found at: Ignition interlock programs.
Reinstating your driver's licence privileges as a result of a demerit point suspension
Driver's licence suspension
- A Notice of Suspension letter will be mailed to the last address recorded on your motor vehicle file. It is your responsibility to notify an Alberta Registry Agent office anytime you change your mailing address.
- The Notice of Suspension letter will indicate the conditions that must be completed prior to reinstatement of your driving privileges.
- The Notice of Suspension will indicate the effective date of your suspension.
- You must turn your driver's licence over to any Alberta Registry Agent office on or before your effective date. It is illegal to be in possession of your driver's licence while you are serving a suspension. It is a serious offence to operate a vehicle while serving a suspension.
- You must serve the term of the suspension.
Provincial suspensions may be imposed for reasons such as a poor driving record, failure to pay a legal judgment, medical reasons, or failure to comply with a Notice to Report.