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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.
Applying for IRS review
To apply for 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 apply for an IRS 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 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 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.
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:
- 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.
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'.
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.
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 a review, you will receive a confirmation, via your preferred contact method, the date and time your application will be reviewed by an adjudicator.
Your review will be held within 21 days from the date you were issued your Notice of Administrative Penalty.
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
You will be notified of the decision to approve or deny your request through the SafeRoads portal.
Changes to scheduled review
You can reschedule the date or time of your review to any available date within 21 days from the date you were issued your Notice of Administrative Penalty and change the review type through the SafeRoads portal:
- an unlimited number of times within 7 days of receiving your Notice.
- one additional time after the 7 days had lapsed up to one full business day before the scheduled review. This may include a change in the date and time, a change the review method, or both, but all changes must be completed in the same transaction.
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
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
- 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.
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 all the documents provided by 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.
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 of your review to be considered.
You 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
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.
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.
SafeRoads Alberta decisions for impaired driving sanctions are subject to publication on the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) website.
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.
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