You may request 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
Vehicle seizure review request
To request 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 vehicle seizure review at a participating Alberta registry agent, present the original copy of your Seizure Notice. Payments for SafeRoads Alberta services made at an Alberta registry agent may be subject to a service charge.
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 online within 7 days of the issuance of the Seizure Notice
- select a preferred date for your written review
- provide your contact information for preferred method of contact
- provide a written submission
- agree to the terms and conditions
- pay the non-refundable application service charge of $150
Hardship is not considered a ground for review of a vehicle seizure.
Owners are responsible for all costs involved in the vehicle seizure. 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 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 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.
Any supporting documents, records, representations, arguments and evidence you want to have considered as part of your review must be submitted through the SafeRoads portal.
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
The adjudicator will consider only the supporting documents provided by you or your representative and the law enforcement agency within the required timelines, as well as the Traffic Safety Act, the Provincial Administrative Penalties Act, and associated regulations in order to render their decision to confirm or cancel the Seizure Notice.
As all vehicle seizure reviews are written, you or your representative do not attend the review.
After the review
After your review is complete, the adjudicator will make their decision to confirm or cancel your Seizure Notice.
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 Seizure Notice is cancelled, a Seized Vehicle Release Authorization will be provided to the tow lot where your vehicle is impounded to release your vehicle.
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 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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