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Overview

If you are a driver who wishes to dispute your Notice of Administrative Penalty, you have the right to apply for a review through SafeRoads Alberta.

Requesting an IRS review

To request an Immediate Roadside Sanctions (IRS) Notice of Administrative Penalty review, the application and payment process may be done through the SafeRoads portal or at a participating Alberta registry agent.

If you choose to apply for an IRS review at a participating Alberta registry agent, present the original copy of your Notice of Administrative Penalty or Seizure Notice.

Payments for SafeRoads Alberta services made at an Alberta registry agent may be subject to a service charge.

To request a review, you must:

  • apply within 7 days of the issuance of the Notice of Administrative Penalty
  • choose if you want a written or oral review
  • select a preferred date and time for your review
  • provide your preferred contact method and contact information
  • agree to the terms and conditions
  • pay the non-refundable service charge of $150

Applying for a review does not cancel your Notice of Administrative Penalty. Your driver’s licence suspension, vehicle seizure, and other penalties under the IRS program will remain in effect during the review process.

Hardship is not considered a ground for review.

Representation

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 signed and 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:

  1. Save the PDF form to your computer – click or right-click the link and download the form.
  2. Open the PDF form with Adobe Reader. Fill it in and save it.

Digital signatures

To add a digital signature, the form must first be downloaded or opened as a PDF and you must select 'I prefer to sign and submit this form electronically'.

Interpreter

An interpreter can attend your oral review if you need translation to and from the English language.

You must indicate in the SafeRoads portal that an interpreter will attend your review and make arrangements for your interpreter to be available for the review as scheduled. You are responsible for any costs for the interpreter.

Translator

You can use a translator for your written review submission if you need translation to the English language.

You must make arrangements for the translation and submission of your written review as scheduled and are responsible for any costs for the translator.

Schedule your review

After you submit your request for a review, you will receive notification from SafeRoads Alberta by your preferred contact method within 2 business days with confirmation of your review date and time.

Your review will be held within 21 days from the date you were issued your Notice of Administrative Penalty.

Any supporting documents including written documents, pictures, or videos you want to have considered as part of your review must be submitted through the SafeRoads portal at least 2 full calendar days before your scheduled review.

  • Any information submitted beyond this will not be considered during the review.
  • SafeRoads Alberta will only accept supporting documents submitted through the SafeRoads portal.
  • No other forms of submission will be accepted.

Request a late review

If you did not apply for a review within 7 days of the date of issuance of your Notice of Administrative Penalty or your review was deemed abandoned, you can submit a request for a late review up to 12 months after the date of issuance.

To request a late review, you must:

  • apply through the SafeRoads portal or at a participating Alberta registry agent
  • provide the reason for your request
  • provide any required supporting documentation
  • pay the non-refundable application service charge of $50

An application for late review is limited to the grounds listed in the Provincial Administrative Penalties Regulation. Find out more about late review requests on the Find your notice page.

You will be notified of the decision to approve or deny your request through the SafeRoads portal.

Changes to scheduled reviews

Changes to review type

You can request a change to your review type through the SafeRoads portal.

To change your review type – from written to oral or oral to written – you can request changes:

  • within the 7 days of issuance of your Notice of Administrative Penalty
  • one additional time up to one full business day before the scheduled review

Change to review date or time

You can request changes to your review date or time through the SafeRoads portal up to one business day before your scheduled review:

  • within the 7 days of issuance of your Notice of Administrative Penalty
  • one additional time up to one full business day before the scheduled review

The new date must fall within 21 days of issuance of your Notice of Administrative Penalty.

SafeRoads Alberta will work to accommodate your request, but cannot guarantee that additional time slots will be available.

Cancelling your scheduled review

You can cancel any time up to the commencement of your scheduled review.

By cancelling your review, you:

  • are confirming your Notice of Administrative Penalty
  • are giving up your right to a review
  • are giving up your right to request a late review
  • will not receive a refund for the service charge

Abandoned review

A review is deemed abandoned if you or your representative:

  • do not attend your oral review and do not provide a written submission
  • do not provide any material for a written review

If you have requested an oral review and have submitted all of your supporting documents, but do not attend your oral review, your review will be converted to a written review – the review is not deemed abandoned.

Upload supporting documents

You or your representative must submit all of your supporting documents through the SafeRoads portal at least 2 full calendar days before the scheduled review.

Participating registry agents may provide this service for a service charge.

Supporting documents may include:

  • your written submission
  • photographs
  • video or audio recordings or both
  • witness statements
  • technical materials

SafeRoads Alberta will only accept supporting documents submitted through the SafeRoads portal. No other forms of submission will be accepted or considered as part of the review.

For more information about supporting documents requirements including accepted file formats and sizes, please see SafeRoads support.

During your review

Your review will take place within 21 days from the date you were issued your Notice of Administrative Penalty. Reviews are conducted as oral (telephone or video-conferencing) or in writing, not in person.

Oral review

If you select an oral review, you or your representative will be given the telephone number or videoconferencing link that you will use at the scheduled review time. It is recommended that you connect a few minutes early to ensure that you have no technological issues. Your review will be 30 minutes in length.

The adjudicator will:

  • listen to your arguments and representations
  • consider all supporting documents provided by you or your representative and the law enforcement agency within the required timelines, as well as technical materials, the Traffic Safety Act, the Provincial Administrative Penalties Act, and associated regulations in order to render their decision to confirm or cancel the Notice of Administrative Penalty

You will not receive a verbal decision at the time of your oral review.

Written review

If you have chosen a written review, you or your representative will provide a written submission with your reasons for disputing the Notice of Administrative Penalty and supporting documents at least 2 full calendar days in advance of the date you requested your review to be considered.

You and/or your representative do not attend the review.

The adjudicator will consider all supporting documents provided by you or your representative and the law enforcement agency, as well as technical materials, the Traffic Safety Act, the Provincial Administrative Penalties Act and associated regulations in order to render their decision to confirm or cancel the Notice of Administrative Penalty.

After your review

After your review is complete, the adjudicator will make their decision to confirm or cancel your Notice of Administrative Penalty in writing within 30 days from the date you were issued your notice.

SafeRoads Alberta decisions for impaired driving sanctions are subject to publication on the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) website.

You will be notified by your preferred contact method when the adjudicator’s decision is available in the SafeRoads portal. The date that the decision is made available on the SafeRoads portal is considered the date the decision was provided to you in accordance with Section 22 of the Provincial Administrative Penalties Act.

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.

Judicial review

You may seek judicial review of decisions rendered by SafeRoads Alberta by filing an application with the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, in accordance with section 24(2) of the Provincial Administrative Penalties Act.

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.

Contact

Connect with SafeRoads Alberta:

SafeRoads Alberta contact form

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