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Ignition Interlock Program

Ignition Interlock Program

Driver Fitness and Monitoring (DFM) contact information.

Phone: 780-427-8230, Toll-free in Alberta by first calling 310-0000. 
Fax number: 1-855-643-9418

Office hours are 8:15 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

Driver Fitness and Monitoring
Transportation Services
Room 109, Main Floor, Twin Atria Building
4999-98 Ave
Edmonton AB T6B 2X3 

 What is the Ignition Interlock Program?

As of April 9, 2018, the Ignition Interlock Program will evolve into two different but related programs:

  • Alberta Administrative Licence Suspension, Ignition Interlock Program – This program is initiated by the province as a result of being served with an Alberta Administrative Licence Suspension for being suspected of criminal-level impaired driving.

As of April 9, 2018, impaired drivers  will serve a 90-day driving suspension where the suspended driver is unable to drive under any circumstances, followed by  a further one year driving suspension where the suspended driver may be eligible to drive on the condition that they participate in Alberta’s Ignition Interlock Program. If they choose not to participate in the Ignition Interlock Program, they will remain suspended during this 1 year term with no ability to drive legally. Should criminal charges also apply, this may result in an additional licence suspension term and participation in the Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program.
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Mandatory – The Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program is initiated as a result of a Criminal Code (Canada) conviction of an impaired driving offence in Alberta, where the courts have indicated that the driver must comply with the Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program as part of their Reinstatement Conditions. Drivers must demonstrate a sustained ability to separate drinking and driving behaviors by completing the Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program, in order to have their licence reinstated.

Technical monitoring through Alberta’s Ignition Interlock Program is designed to help individuals separate the behaviors of impairment or high risk behaviour from driving. The Ignition Interlock Program is used as a deterrent to prevent recidivism, and prevent high-risk drivers from operating a motor vehicle while impaired.

The Ignition Interlock Program involves the installation of an ignition interlock device in a vehicle as a condition of driver licensing. The device measures the blood alcohol concentration levels of the driver and will “lock” the ignition if a blood alcohol concentration reading is above the specified threshold level.

If an individual has had their driving privileges suspended through an impaired driving-related criminal conviction or through the Alberta Administrative Licence Suspension Program, the Ignition Interlock Program may allow the individual to obtain conditional driving privileges.

Who is required to complete the Ignition Interlock Program?   

 
  • Individuals, who have been convicted for impaired driving under the Criminal Code (Canada), now considered the Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program (Mandatory IIP).
    OR
  • As of April 9, 2018, individuals who were served an Alberta Administrative Licence Suspension, who are serving a 90 day driving suspension where the suspended driver is unable to drive under any circumstances, AND a further 1 year driving suspension where the suspended driver may be eligible to drive on a condition that they participate in Alberta’s Ignition Interlock Program, now considered Alberta Administrative Licence Suspension Ignition Interlock Program (AALS IIP).

    If they choose not to participate in the Ignition Interlock Program, they will remain suspended during this 1 year term with no ability to drive legally

      How does the Ignition Interlock Program work?  

       Steps involved in applying and participating in either Ignition Interlock Program:
      • You must purchase an Ignition Interlock Program Application through an authorized Alberta Registry Agent.
      • You must apply to Driver Fitness and Monitoring to participate in Alberta’s Ignition Interlock Program.
      • Driver Fitness and Monitoring must approve the Ignition Interlock Program Application / participation.
      • You must be a resident of Alberta to be eligible for an Alberta Restricted Driver’s Licence.
      • The client may apply to either Ignition Interlock Program when they have 30 days or less remaining in their minimum prohibition/suspension term as indicated on the “Order of Driving Prohibition Against an Offender” received in Court (as part of the Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program) or on the Notice of Suspension (as part of the Alberta Administrative Licence Suspension Ignition Interlock Program).
      • You must not be currently serving any other suspension(s) other than this impaired driving suspension otherwise the Ignition Interlock Program Application will be denied.
      • Once Driver Fitness and Monitoring receives and approves your application for either Ignition Interlock Program (can take up to 30-days to process), you will receive the signed / approved application back in the mail. With this, you can contact the Service Provider to install the ignition interlock device. Once the approved application is signed by the installer showing the installation as complete, you can present this to the Alberta Registry Agent to have the Restricted Driver’s Licence issued
      • The ignition interlock device must be used by anyone who operates the motor vehicle. Training is provided by the Service Provider.
      • If the ignition interlock device detects a pre-set level of blood alcohol concentration, the driver will not be able to start or drive the motor vehicle.
      • The ignition interlock device keeps an ongoing record of the driver's blood alcohol concentration level during the operation of the motor vehicle through random re-tests throughout the duration of the trip.
      • You must bring the motor vehicle to the installer for an inspection 30-days after the initial installation, followed by additional inspections at least once every 60-days. The installer will inspect the equipment and transfer the recorded information to Driver Fitness and Monitoring for review.
      • Failure to obtain and/or maintain the Restricted Driver's Licence may result in: 
                    o   A ‘Driving while Disqualified’ charge by law enforcement.
                    o   Expulsion from the Ignition Interlock Program.
      • Any Ignition Interlock Program participant:
                   o   who attempts to tamper, cheat, or bypass the ignition interlock device,
                   o   has their driver’s licence suspended or cancelled,
                   o   who is subject to any additional Traffic Safety Act suspension or convicted of any additional driving-related Criminal Code (Canada),

              may be immediately removed from the Ignition Interlock Program, have their Restricted Driver's Licence revoked, and Ignition Interlock Program participation terminated until all
              Reinstatement Conditions have been completed.

      In addition to the information above, the following is applicable to the Alberta Administrative Licence Suspension Ignition Interlock Program:

      • If you wish to participate in the Alberta Administrative Licence Ignition Interlock Program during the 2nd phase of the driving suspension (of the one year term), you are required to purchase and submit an Ignition Interlock Program Application to Driver Fitness and Monitoring.
      • You may apply to the Ignition Interlock Program when they have 30-days or less remaining in the 90-day suspension term.
        •  If you are still participating in the Alberta Administrative Licence Ignition Interlock Program when Driver Fitness and Monitoring receives the Criminal Code (Canada) conviction, they will         process the revocation from the Alberta Administrative Licence Ignition Interlock Program (however the federal driving prohibition takes effect upon being issued in Court).
      • Once you have served the federal driving prohibition, you may participate in the Alberta Administrative Licence Suspension and Mandatory Ignition Interlock Programs concurrently; however, the Mandatory Program Terms and Conditions will apply.

      In addition to the information indicated above, the following is applicable to the Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program:

      • You are required to purchase and submit an Ignition Interlock Program Application to Driver Fitness and Monitoring. A legible copy of the “Order of Driving Prohibition Against an Offender” must accompany the Ignition Interlock Program Application. A replacement copy of the “Order of Driving Prohibition Against an Offender” can be obtained by the client through the Provincial Court of Alberta by visiting their website at: www.albertacourts.ca.
      • If you were previously participating in the Alberta Administrative Licence Suspension Ignition Interlock Program, you will be required to purchase and submit a secondary Ignition Interlock Program Application to Driver Fitness and Monitoring to participate in the Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program.
      • You may apply to the Ignition Interlock Program when you have 30-days or less remaining in the minimum prohibition/suspension term as indicated on the “Order of Driving Prohibition Against an Offender” received in Court.
      • If you were criminally convicted, you must participate in the Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program for the length of time indicated in the Notice of Suspension, and the term during which you must not operate a motor vehicle without the ignition interlock device will start from the date of installation.
      • If you are participating in the Alberta Administrative Licence Ignition Interlock Program when Driver Fitness and Monitoring receives the Criminal Code (Canada) conviction, they will process the revocation from the Alberta Administrative Licence Ignition Interlock Program (however the federal driving prohibition takes effect upon being issued in Court).
            o   As part of this process, Driver Fitness and Monitoring will mail a letter to advise that you have been revoked from the Alberta Administrative Licence Ignition Interlock Program to serve out the federal driving prohibition.
      • If you are participating in the Alberta Administrative Licence Ignition Interlock Program, and are also criminally convicted, you have the option to:
        • remove the ignition interlock device to serve the federal driving prohibition, and reinstall once you are ready to fulfill the reinstatement requirement of the Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program, OR
        • keep and maintain the ignition interlock device in your motor vehicle during the term of the federal driving prohibition (even though you do not have the ability to drive legally), provided you satisfy the monthly lease costs with the Service Provider.
        • If maintaining the ignition interlock device in their vehicle during the federal driving prohibition term, you will have no ability to legally drive. Once you are ready to reinstate, you will be required to contact Smart Start, once you have the approved Ignition Interlock Program application in hand, to schedule a reinstatement / install. You may be required to pay for a lock out fee, as individuals do for all other suspensions, to take the vehicle to Smart Start for calibration / reinstatement.
      • At the installation / re-installation appointment, you must present the signed / approved application to the Service Provider who will sign the application to validate the installation process. Once the approved application is signed by the installer showing the installation as complete, you should present that to the Alberta Registry Agent to have the schedule the Road Test and/or have the new Restricted Driver’s Licence issued.
      • Failure to obtain and/or maintain the Restricted Driver's Licence may also result in not receiving credit towards your term of Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program participation.
      • You will be responsible for all ‘Warns’ and/or ‘Fails’ recorded by the ignition interlock device, even if they were not operating the motor vehicle at that time. (A ‘Warn’ is a reading of 0.020 blood alcohol concentration or higher; a ‘Fail’ is a reading of 0.040 blood alcohol concentration or higher.)
      • If the ignition interlock device records that impaired driving was attempted, Driver Fitness and Monitoring will be advised and action may be taken by the Registrar. The Registrar expects ZERO warns & fails. All WARN and FAILS must be successfully cleared within 10 minutes or the Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program length may be extended.
      • The reinstatement of unrestricted driving privileges at the end of the suspension period depends upon your performance in the Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program.
      • All Ignition Interlock Program activity is recorded and monitored. Attempting to drive after drinking may result in Driver Fitness and Monitoring extending the time in the Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program and/or requiring an interview with the Ignition Interlock Program Review Committee.

      AALS Ignition Interlock Program Terms and Conditions  (pdf 164.30 KB) 

      Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program Terms and Conditions  (pdf 33.6 KB)

      How do I apply to participate in the Ignition Interlock Program? 

      To apply for Mandatory IIP or Alberta Administrative Licence Suspension IIP: 

      • Step 1: Review the information in your “Order of Driving Prohibition Against an Offender” received in Court or on the Notice of Suspension, and determine whether you are eligible to apply and ready to participate, prior to paying the Ignition Interlock Program Application fee. Please note the Ignition Interlock Program Application fee is non-refundable.
      • Step 2: For Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program Only - You must complete all reinstatement conditions other than the Road Test and payment of the reinstatement fee, prior to having your Ignition Interlock Program Application approved.
        • If you are a first-time offender, you must complete the “Planning Ahead” Course. You may submit your Ignition Interlock Program Application for approval prior to completing your “Planning Ahead” Course. You will, however, need to complete the “Planning Ahead” Course prior to the installation of your ignition interlock device.
        • If you are a repeat or subsequent offender, you must complete the “IMPACT” Course. This must be completed prior to submitting your Ignition Interlock Program Application. If not, your Ignition Interlock Program Application will be returned to you unprocessed until the “IMPACT” Course is completed.
        • Do not submit the proof of course completion certificates for these programs with your Application. You will need this documentation to provide to the installer when the interlock device is installed. You may obtain more information and enroll yourself in either program by contacting the Alberta Motor Association at 780-430-8811, toll-free in Alberta by dialing 1-800-272-5698.  
      • Step 3: Visit any Alberta Registry Agent and purchase and complete your portion of the Ignition Interlock Program Application. The Ignition Interlock Program Application must be signed and dated, or it will be returned to you for completion before it can be processed.
      • Step 4: You are required to complete and submit the Ignition Interlock Program Application form, (along with the “Order of Driving Prohibition Against an Offender” for the Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program), either in-person or by mail, email, or fax to:  

                  Mail:    Alberta Transportation
                  Driver Fitness and Monitoring
                  Main Floor, Twin Atria Building
                  Room 109, 4999 98 Avenue NW
                  Edmonton, Alberta T6B 2X3
                  Email:  trans.idau@gov.ab.ca 
                  Fax: 1-855-643-9418
                  Phone: 780-427-8230 (Toll-Free in Alberta by first dialing 310-0000).
                  Office hours are 8:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. 

      How will I know if I am approved for the Ignition Interlock Program?

      • Driver Fitness and Monitoring will notify you by mail, unless otherwise indicated, about your acceptance or rejection from the Ignition Interlock Program.
      • If you are accepted, you will be supplied detailed instructions on the required steps to have the equipment installed in your vehicle, training to operate it, and information on completing the Road Test, if required, in order to obtain a Restricted Driver’s Licence.
      • Your Ignition Interlock Program term length will begin once you have installed the Ignition Interlock Device and obtained a Restricted Driver’s Licence. You must be issued and maintain a Restricted Driver’s Licence for your entire Ignition Interlock Program term, otherwise the Registrar may extend your term or revoke your Ignition Interlock Program participation.
      • Driver Fitness and Monitoring may take up to 30 days to process your Ignition Interlock Program Application.
      • Driver Fitness and Monitoring may deny any Ignition Interlock Program Application in the interest of public safety.  

      What are the Ignition Interlock Program participation costs?

      You can expect the following approximate costs (costs are subject to change without notice):

      • $145 plus GST for the ignition interlock device installation (there is an additional $100 surcharge for heavy trucks and specialty vehicles);
      • $95 plus GST per month for the rental of the ignition interlock device;
      • $63 for the Ignition Interlock Program Application, in addition to the Alberta Registry Agent fee.
      • $50 plus GST for removal of the ignition interlock device;
      • $315 for the “Planning Ahead” or $925 for the “IMPACT” Educational Course, if required;
      • Fees for the Restricted Driver's Licence and Road Test, when applicable.
      • ** Ignition Interlock Program costs do not include GST. All costs are subject to change.  

      Please contact Alberta’s current Service Provider, Smart Start Canada ULC., by telephone Toll free at 1-844-432-4776 or visit their website at www.smartstartcanada.ca/contact-us/ 

      For additional information on Alberta’s Impaired Driving Programs in relation to the Planning Ahead Course or IMPACT Program, please contact the Alberta Motor Association (AMA) in Edmonton at 780-430-8811 or toll free in Alberta at 1-800-272-5698 or visit the AMA website at: www.ama.ab.ca/knowledge-base/articles/how-do-i-register-for-the-alberta-impaired-drivers-program-aidp/

      Are there any exemptions to the Alberta Administrative Licence Suspension Ignition Interlock Program?

      There are no exemptions to the Alberta Administrative Licence Suspension Ignition Interlock Program. If an individual cannot participate for any reason (e.g. financial constraints, medical conditions, etc.), the individual will be required to fulfill the entire 90-day plus one year driving suspension.

      Ignition Interlock Exemptions exist for the Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program Only: 

      An individual may apply for an exemption from the Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program when they have completed all of the Reinstatement Conditions, aside from the requirements of the Road Test, payment of the Reinstatement Fee, and the outstanding Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program Reinstatement Condition. The following documents and information must be submitted with the Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program Exemption Request:

      • Driver’s Licence Number or Motor Vehicle Identification Number (MVID)
      • Full name
      • Address, Telephone Number, and email address, if applicable
      • Date of Birth
      • The reason(s) why it is not feasible to comply with the requirement for an ignition interlock device.
      • Please note that additional verification may be required; for example, original signed correspondence from your physician(s) with clinical evidence supporting the Ignition Interlock Program Exemption Request.

      Exemption requests due to financial constraint or occupation reasons are not considered.

      Applicants approved for an exemption from the Mandatory Ignition Interlock Program will still be required to complete the terms of their disqualification /suspension period. If you are approved for this type of Ignition Interlock Program exemption, the Registrar may impose a further period of disqualification or another term or condition to ensure public safety.

      How do I appeal a decision of the Registrar? 

      Decisions of the Registrar (of Motor Vehicles) may be appealed to the Alberta Transportation Safety Board (ATSB). The Alberta Ignition Interlock Appeals Application may be purchased at any Alberta Registry Agent. A listing of Alberta Registry Agents can be found at the following website: www.servicealberta.gov.ab.ca/1641.cfm

      There are two types of applications: 

      • Non-oral Hearing - a written submission. $125
      • Oral Hearing - a personal appearance before the ATSB. $250  

      For further information regarding your appeal, please contact the Alberta Transportation Safety Board in Edmonton at 780-427-7178 or Calgary at 403-297-3466, or refer to the ATSB website at www.atsb.alberta.ca

      What do I do if I am relocating from or relocating to another Canadian jurisdiction?                                                                                                

                                                                                                     
       

      If you have moved to another province from Alberta and have an impaired driving suspension, please contact Driver Fitness and Monitoring at 780-427-8230 and ask to speak to the Ignition Interlock Program’s Reciprocity Coordinator. 

      If you have received an impaired driving suspension in another province and you are required to participate on the Ignition Interlock Program, please contact Driver Fitness and Monitoring at 780-427-8230 and ask to speak to the Ignition Interlock Program’s Reciprocity Coordinator. 

      Frequently Asked Questions 

       Frequently Asked IIP Questions: (pdf 284.03 KB)