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Registrar reconsideration

Request a review of a Registrar’s decision regarding permits and licenses.

Overview

The Office of the Registrar provides Albertans an ability to request review, or ‘reconsideration’ of a Registrar decision on permitting and licensing decisions made by Alberta Transportation. Registrar’s Decisions that can be reconsidered include:

  • driver conduct reviews
  • safety fitness certificate reviews
  • driver training schools or driver examiner reviews
  • vehicle inspection facilities and technician reviews
  • Ignition Interlock Program reviews

See the list of detailed Traffic Safety Act section numbers (PDF, 296 KB).

Effective December 1, 2020, Albertans who wish to have a decision reconsidered, are able to submit a Registrar Reconsideration application and supporting documents for review. A completed application can be submitted to Alberta Transportation by email or mail. At this time, there is no application filing fee.

If you have questions about payment options for your administrative penalty, see Payment for administrative penalties.

If you have questions about a first time impaired charge or vehicle seizure please go to SafeRoads Alberta.

Grounds for reconsideration

You must submit a complete application no later than 30 calendar days after you received the initial decision. The initial decision letter includes the Registrar’s decision, rationale for the decision, and any relevant terms and conditions. Grounds for review include:

  • an application that clearly demonstrates an error was made by the department on the initial decision, or
  • an application that clearly demonstrates new information that was not considered by the department when the initial decision was made, or both

You must submit a detailed narrative of the issue to explain your grounds for a review as part of the supporting documentation for the application. The Registrar will review the case on its merit only. Arguments that will not be considered include:

  • your opinion of the validity of the decision
  • your general remorse over the prohibitions or sanctions
  • general arguments about the inconvenience, hardships, constraints and cost
  • concerns associated with any embarrassment or stigma associated with the terms and conditions

Albertans who do not meet the grounds for the review may contact Alberta Transportation to determine whether this is another avenue that may provide assistance.

Before you apply

For reconsideration of a decision dated December 1, 2020 or later, carried out under the Traffic Safety Act:

  1. To preserve the integrity of the Registrar Reconsideration process, only the Registrar has the ability to respond to correspondence pertaining to an application actively under review.
  2. You must submit your application and all supporting material no later than 30 calendar days after you received the initial decision.
  3. Only one reconsideration is allowed for each decision. Therefore, you must ensure that your application includes all the relevant information you want to be considered. Successful applications generally provide a credible case, supported by appropriate evidence addressing the issue. For example, supporting documentation, notarized documentation, and so on.
  4. The information disclosed as part of the review can be used to determine driver fitness.
  5. You may contact the department to discuss payment options for the administrative penalty.
  6. You may request for a written or an oral review of your application. For a written review, you must submit all supporting information as part of your application. For oral review, you may submit supporting information as part of your application. You will also have an opportunity to present your case to the Registrar orally. Virtual meeting invitations will be sent by the Office of the Registrar.
  7. The Registrar will review the case on its merit only. If your application does not meet the grounds for the review, you may contact Registrar Reconsideration for assistance.
  8. In some cases, the Office of the Registrar may request additional information to complete the review. If you do not provide complete additional material or information requested within 30 days of the application date, the Registrar may close the application.
  9. If your application is not filed within 30 days of your decision, or your application is closed due to incomplete information, you must comply with the conditions of your initial decision.
  10. The Registrar does not award costs or provide financial relief from errors committed by any party carrying out the Registrar’s authority through the Crown in right of Alberta.

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How to apply

Step 1. Review the policies and terms and conditions

Registrar Reconsideration policy statements (PDF, 610 KB)

Registrar Reconsideration terms and conditions (PDF, 91 KB)

Step 2. Determine eligibility

Determine if you are eligible for Registrar Reconsideration.

Step 3. Complete an application package

Complete the Registrar Reconsideration application form (PDF, 2.3 MB) and prepare all supporting documents.

If you need help with the application form, contact Registrar Reconsideration.

Read and agree to the terms and conditions.

Step 4. Submit the application package

Submit the completed application and all supporting documents to Registrar Reconsideration.

After you apply

After the Registrar receives the request for reconsideration, the Registrar will confirm, vary or cancel the original decision. You will be sent a letter explaining the rationale and the outcome of the Registrar’s reconsideration. You must continue to comply with the terms and conditions of the initial decision while the decision is being reconsidered by the Registrar.

The Registrar Reconsideration review decision is final and binding. However, they are subject to judicial review, which means you can appeal the final decision to the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta within 30 days of receiving the outcome of the Registrar’s reconsideration.

If you have a Driver Conduct Review letter dated on or after December 1, 2020, see the Driver Conduct Review page

Other review processes

See SafeRoads Alberta for:

  • vehicle seizures with Notice of Seizure issued under the Traffic Safety Act, or
  • suspensions, or
  • vehicle seizures and fines issued under the Provincial Administrative Penalties Act with an event or decision date December 1, 2020 or later

SafeRoads Alberta is an independent branch that may review, confirm or cancel an impaired driving or vehicle seizure notice of administrative penalty where the occurrence date was on or after December 1, 2020.

Any impaired driving suspensions or vehicle seizures with an occurrence date on or before November 30, 2020, must be appealed through the Alberta Transportation Safety Board.

Contact

Connect with Registrar Reconsideration:

Registrar Reconsideration contact form