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.
As per Section 102(1) of the Traffic Safety Act, Alberta Transportation has the authority to suspend your driver’s licence and motor vehicle registration as a result of a judgment passed by an Alberta provincial court for damages you caused during a motor vehicle collision.
The plaintiff (the person claiming to be harmed) or their representative must submit a written request to Driver Fitness and Monitoring to suspend your driver’s licence and registration. The request must include:
- a copy of the civil claim
- contact the Provincial Court of Alberta to find out how to file a civil claim
- consent of judgment or certificate of judgment
- contact the Provincial Court of Alberta to find out how to get a copy of this document
- the collision report, police report and Schedule A, which is an itemized description of the events surrounding the motor vehicle collision
- you can get copies of these documents from the policy agency which received the collision report
To get your licence reinstated, you must satisfy the reinstatement requirements. The plaintiff or their representative must provide written documentation/notification to Driver Fitness and Monitoring stating that you have satisfied the judgment or have made payment arrangements. The following information must be included:
- the name of the defendant
- date of birth of the defendant
- licence number of the defendant
- name of the plaintiff
- file number or the claim number
- the date of judgement
You cannot start driving again until you have met all reinstatement conditions and have obtained a new/replacement Alberta driver’s licence from an Alberta registry agent.