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You may apply for a vehicle seizure review if:
- you are the driver and recipient of the Seizure Notice under Section 35(1) of the Traffic Safety Act by establishing one or more of the grounds set out in Section 11 of the Vehicle Seizure and Removal Regulation.
- your vehicle was seized pursuant to section 94, 94.1 or 173 of the Traffic Safety Act
Apply for a vehicle seizure review
To apply for a review of a vehicle seizure under the Suspended Driver Vehicle Seizure Program, 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 a review at a participating Alberta registry agent, present the Seizure Notice. Payments for SafeRoads Alberta services made at an Alberta registry agent may be subject to a service charge.
To apply for a vehicle seizure review, you must:
- apply online within 7 days of the issuance of the Seizure Notice
- select a date for your written application to be reviewed
- provide your contact information for preferred method of contact
- agree to the terms and conditions
- pay the non-refundable application service charge of $150
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 are successful on you application, you are responsible for all costs associated with the vehicle seizure, including any tow lot fees or charges.
Applying for a review does not guarantee the return of your vehicle.
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 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'.
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 request for a review, you will receive a confirmation via your preferred contact method the date your application will be reviewed by an adjudicator.
Changes to scheduled review
You can reschedule the date of your review to any available date within 21 days from the date you were issued your Seizure Notice 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.
Request for late review
If you did not apply for a review within 7 days of the date of issuance of your Seizure Notice 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 service charge of $50
You will be notified of the decision to approve or deny your request through the SafeRoads portal.
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. (Section 11 of the Vehicle Seizure and Removal Regulation).
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 document requirements including accepted file formats and sizes, go to SafeRoads support.
During the review
As all vehicle seizure reviews are written, you or your representative do not attend the review.
The adjudicator will consider all of the supporting documents provided by you or your representative and all of the documents provided by the law enforcement agency. The adjudicator will make a decision to confirm or cancel the Seizure Notice.
After the review
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.
If your Seizure Notice is cancelled, a Seized Vehicle Release Authorization will be provided to the tow lot where your vehicle was impounded to release your vehicle. You are responsible for all costs involved in the vehicle seizure.
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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