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COMMERCIAL DRIVER ABSTRACT (CDA) OVERVIEW

Alberta Transportation and Service Alberta have jointly developed a new Commercial Driver Abstract (CDA).  The CDA was requested by industry to provide them with accurate information on prospective and current commercial drivers.  Previously, the only information available was found in the current driver abstract and whatever other information the driver was willing to share about his or her driving history. 

The CDA incorporates existing Driver's Abstract information and includes information on National Safety Code (NSC) infractions such as hours of service violations, cargo securement violation or overloads.  It also includes results of Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) inspections.  The CDA is inclusive of information from any NSC violation received while operating commercially registered vehicles.

For additional information on CDA, please visit the Service Alberta website http://www.servicealberta.ca/1229.cfm

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  What is a Commercial Driver Abstract (CDA)?
A.  A CDA is similar in nature to the current Driver Abstract with the addition of specific information relating to a commercial driver. 

Q.  What information is contained in the CDA?
A.  A CDA contains:

·     The same information provided in the current Driver Abstract,
·     Other conviction information relating to the operation of National Safety Code (NSC) commercial vehicles, and
·     Results from inspections conducted under the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).

Q.  When will the new CDA be available?
A.  The CDA became available August 16, 2011 for a 3 year history.  On March 21, 2012 the 5 and 10 year CDA history will be available from any Alberta Registry Agent.

Q.  Is this replacing the current Driver Abstract?
A.  No, these are two separate products.  Either the current Driver Abstract or the CDA can be requested from a Registry Agent.  

Q.  What is the difference between the information in a CDA and a current Driver Abstract?
A.  A current Driver Abstract only contains moving violations and information about licence qualification (e.g. cancelled, suspended, etc).  The CDA contains this information and includes non-moving NSC violations (e.g. hours of service, load securement, dangerous goods, mechanical issues, etc.) and CVSA inspection results. 

Q.  When do I request a regular Driver Abstract?
A.  The Driver Abstract provides the current status of an operator's licence and lists conviction information, any applicable demerit points, and suspensions.  The Driver Abstract confirms information from an individual’s driving record that includes: name, address, date of birth, height, weight, sex, Motor Vehicle Identification (MVID) number, operator license number and issue date, expiration date, class, current demerit points, suspended status, reinstatement conditions (if any) and the list of violations (descriptions, demerit/merit points, and suspension term).  The Driver Abstract would be sufficient if you have never operated a commercial vehicle. 

Q.  When do I request a CDA?
A.  A CDA is compiled of all of the same information as listed in the Driver Abstract, but includes NSC violations and inspection results obtained while operating a commercial vehicle.  If you are currently a commercial driver or have been in the past, a CDA should be requested to give you the most accurate information into your driving history.

Q.  How will I know which type of abstract to request from a Registry Agent?
A.  If you are a commercial driver you would benefit from receiving the CDA.  A prospective employer may specifically indicate which abstract they would like to receive.  If you are not or have not been a commercial driver in the last three years, the original Driver Abstract would be adequate.  The CDA contains all of the same information as the current Driver Abstract so requesting the CDA will still provide the required information.    

Q.  Who will this affect?
A.  The new CDA is designed specifically for commercial drivers.  Because it compiles all of the information from the current Driver Abstract and includes NSC violations and CVSA inspection results, it provides insight into commercial driver’s habits, attitudes and compliance history. 

Q.  Who can access this information?
A.  The process is the same as with the current Driver Abstract. 

·     Anyone can go to a Registry Agent and request their own CDA,
·     Your employer/ prospective employer can ask you to sign a waiver which allows them to request your CDA on your behalf,
·     A police officer, or
·     Alberta Transportation employees can also access the information to perform their duties (e.g. driver assessments, National Safety Code audits, etc.). 

Q.  What information do I need to request the CDA?
A.  You will need to have held an operator’s licence in the Province of Alberta at some point in order to request a CDA.   

Q.  Will the CDA include old violations or just new ones received after the CDA is available?
A.  The CDA will include moving violations, NSC non-moving violations and CVSA inspection results from the date the CDA is requested for the specified amount of histroy requested (3, 5 or 10 years). 

Q.  For what time period will the CDA show violations?
A.  The CDA will contain information for the last 3, 5 or 10 years, from the date of the request. 

Q.  How long will violations appear on my CDA?
A.  From the date the CDA is requested all moving violations, non-moving violations, and CVSA inspection results will show on your CDA, for the period of time requested (3, 5 or 10 years). 

Q.  Can insurance agencies obtain ‘bulk batches’ of CDAs, similar to the current Driver Abstract?
A.  No, however, bulk batches will continue to be available with the current Driver Abstract. 

Q.  What if I currently have an Access to Motor Vehicle Information Regulation (AMVIR) agreement with Service Alberta to obtain current Driver Abstracts?   Will this be adequate to obtain a CDA as well?
A.  Service Alberta sent all current AMVIR agreement holders a new waiver in August 2011.  Nothing further is required.   

Q.  Will collisions I was involved with be shown on my CDA?
A.  No, collisions are not shown on the CDA. 

Q.  How much will a CDA cost?
A.  The cost of the CDA is the same as for the current Driver Abstract.  The Government of Alberta charges $15 for each requested abstract, plus any service charges applied by the Registry Agent. 

Q.  Will the CDA be free for carriers with ‘Excellent’ safety ratings?
A.  Carriers with an excellent safety fitness rating will not have to pay the $15 government fee when obtaining an abstract, although the Registry Agent service charge may still apply.  This includes carriers participating in the Partners in Compliance (PIC) program, which is one of the benefits of possessing the highest safety fitness rating possible.

Q.  Who do I contact if I find a moving violation error (e.g. fail to obey traffic control device, speeding, etc.) on my CDA?
A.  For any moving violation errors on a CDA, please contact Alberta Transportation, Driver Fitness and Monitoring at 780-427-8230; toll free by first dialing 310-0000. 

Q.  Who do I contact for non-moving violation errors (overloads, mechanical defects, etc.) on my CDA?
A.  For any non-moving violation errors on a CDA, please contact Alberta Transportation, Carrier Services at 403-340-5430; toll free by first dialing 310-0000.

Q.  Do I have to pay to get information corrected on my CDA?
A.  There is no fee for requesting corrections to your CDA; however, a fee would be necessary to receive an updated copy of the CDA from a Registry Agent once the corrections are done. 

Q.  Do non-moving violations carry any demerit points against my operator’s licence?
A.  No.  Demerit points are only assessed for specific moving violations.  Information on demerit points can be found in the Demerit Point Program and Service of Documents Regulation, found on the Queen’s Printer at: http://www.qp.alberta.ca/574.cfm?page=2002_331.cfm&leg_type=Regs&isbncln=0779752910

Q.  Is my operator’s licence in jeopardy as a result of these non-moving violations shown on my CDA?
A.  Demerit points are not assessed for non-moving violations; however, your operator licence can be affected by an accumulation of unpaid fines.  Because non-moving violations carry a fine if convicted, failing to pay fines could cause a restriction in services received from Alberta Transportation or Service Alberta.  This means you cannot receive any service from any Alberta Registry Agent until your fines are paid.     

Q.  The National Safety Code requires registered owners to maintain a copy of a driver’s abstract on file for each driver.  Will this change with the new CDA?
A.  No.  Alberta Transportation is prepared to accept either the current driver abstract or a new CDA as meeting the requirement of having a copy of a driver’s abstract on file as per section 41(1)(b) of the Commercial Vehicle Certificate and Insurance Regulation.   

Q.  Does the CDA contain any personal information?
A.  Yes.  The CDA will contain your name, mailing address, motor vehicle identification number (MVID), and operator licence number.  It could also contain sensitive information such as if your licence is suspended, how many demerit points you may have, reinstatement conditions, and specifically what you may have been convicted of in the last 3,5 or 10 years.

Q.  As a Peace Officer, can a CDA be used to determine or prove driver eligibilities (suspension information, licence information) for court purposes.
A.  No, a regular driver's abstract should be obtained and used for these purposes.  Contact Driver Fitness and Monitoring to obtain court certificates by using the established process within your department.

Q.  As a Peace Officer, how do I obtain a certified copy of a CDA for court purposes?
A.  To request a certified copy of a CDA, please fax your request to:

Alberta Transportation
Carrier Services
Fax:  403-340-4811

Please ensure your request includes driver name, date of birth and MVID number, including the court date.  This request must be on departmental letterhead and must include the name and regimental number of the officer making the request and the location the certifiate is to be sent.

It is important to control the access of your personal information.  Under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act (FOIP) and Access to Motor Vehicle Information Regulation (AMVIR), you can supply your personal information to whomever you choose; however, that person cannot release your information to anyone else without your consent.