Ignition Interlock Program

What is the Ignition Interlock Program?

The Ignition Interlock Program (IIP) is a mandatory program for all individuals who have been convicted of an impaired driving offence in Alberta. Drivers are required to install an ignition interlock device into the vehicle for a minimum period of time. Drivers must demonstrate a sustained ability to separate drinking and driving behaviors prior to completing the program. The IIP is administered by the Impaired Driving Administration of Traffic Safety Services, Alberta Transportation.

Who is required to complete the program?

Drivers who have been convicted for impaired driving under sections 253, 254, or 255 of the Criminal Code (Canada) must participate in the Ignition Interlock Program. Please see the following link for more information:

http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/Content/docType4789/Production/MIID.pdf

Are there any exemptions to the Ignition Interlock Program?

You may apply for an exemption when you have completed all the reinstatement conditions, aside from a road test, payment of the reinstatement fee and the outstanding IIP condition. The following documents and information must be submitted with your request:

  • Operator Licence Number or Motor Vehicle Identification Number
  • Full name
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • Date of Birth

Applicants may apply under the following exemption types:

1.   If this is your first alcohol related conviction and your blood alcohol content readings were less than 160 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. You will need to provide:

  • A detailed explanation why the Registrar should consider the exemption,
  • Include a description of any activities you would be prepared to complete to ensure public safety and;
  • Your “Certificate of Analysis” with blood alcohol content readings of less than 160 mg.

Applicants approved for this exemption will still be required to complete the terms of their disqualification period.

2.   If it is not feasible for you to comply with the requirement to use an ignition interlock device, you will need to provide:

  • The reason(s) why it is not feasible to comply with the requirement to use an alcohol-sensing device. (Additional verification may be required; for example, original signed correspondence from a doctor.

If you are approved for this exemption, the Registrar of Motor Vehicles may impose a further period of disqualification or another term or condition that will ensure public safety.

An assessment of your request will be completed once we have received the required documentation above. The documents can be submitted to:

Traffic Safety Services
Impaired Driving Administration
Room 109, Main Floor, Twin Atria Building
4999-98 Ave
Edmonton AB T6B 2X3

If the request is approved, a revised Notice of Suspension will be mailed to you and the mandatory ignition interlock reinstatement condition will no longer apply to your suspension. If the request for an exemption is denied, correspondence will be mailed advising why you do not qualify for an exemption. Decisions of the Registrar of Motor Vehicles (Transportation) may be appealed to the Alberta Transportation Safety Board. For information regarding appeals to the Alberta Transportation Safety Board, please refer to the Board website at www.atsb.alberta.ca.

How do I apply for the Ignition Interlock Program?

To apply for the IIP, all reinstatement conditions must be met, aside from a road test, payment of the reinstatement fee and the outstanding IIP condition. An IIP application can be purchased from any Alberta Registry Agent. The application must be duly completed and sent to the Impaired Driving Administration (IDA) along with a copy of the court ordered driving prohibition. The application documents can be sent to IDA within 30 days of completing the “Order of Driving Prohibition Against an Offender” term. IDA will assess the application and if it’s approved, a copy will be mailed back to the participant. An appointment can then be booked with Alcolock AB for device installation. After the device is installed in your motor vehicle, you can obtain a restricted licence from an Alberta Registry Agent.

If the application is denied, a letter will be sent back with the original copy explaining why the application was refused.

Installation and Licensing Instructions  (pdf 11.7 KB)

How does the program work?

Drivers who meet the IIP criteria will have an alcohol sensing device attached to their vehicle ignition system. Please refer to the Ignition Interlock Information Sheet available at an Alberta Registry Agent.

The driver is prevented from starting and/or driving his/her vehicle if the device detects a preset level of alcohol. All program activity is recorded and monitored.

A driver registering fails or warns, or inappropriate use or handling of the ignition interlock device may have his/her participation in the program assessed. Participants in the IIP must adhere to zero warns while on the program. A driver may be extended on the program if warns or fails are recorded by the device.

Terms and Conditions  (pdf 10.9 KB)

Ignition Interlock Program Criteria

  • Individuals convicted under sections 253, 254 or 255 of the Criminal Code (Canada) must participate in order to obtain an operator’s licence.
  • The client must have served the minimum court-ordered “Order of Driving Prohibition Against an Offender” period and a copy of the Order of Driving Prohibition must be attached to the ignition interlock application that was purchased from an Alberta Registry Agent.
  • The court ordered “Order of Driving Prohibition Against an Offender” identifies the term of the driving prohibition. If the “Order of Driving Prohibition Against an Offender” does not identify the term of the driving prohibition, the Impaired Driving Unit will use the minimum terms quoted in the Criminal Code (Canada).
  • The client must be a resident of Alberta and eligible for a Restricted Operator’s Licence.
  • If the client is a first time offender, he/she must take the “Planning Ahead” Driver Program before applying to the IIP.
  • If the client is a repeat offender, he/she must take the “IMPACT” Driver Program before applying to the IIP.
  • The client must have served all other non-alcohol related suspensions such as driving while suspended, and have paid all overdue fines on file with Motor Vehicles.
  • All reinstatement conditions that are listed on the client’s notice of suspension must be completed, aside from a road test, payment of the reinstatement fee and the outstanding IIP condition.
  • IIP participants must be on the program for the minimum term indicated on the IIP letter and application approved by IDA.

What are the program costs?

Program component Costs*
Installation of the ignition interlock device $150
Rental fee for the device per month $105
Application fee (does not include Registry Agent Fee) $63
“Planning Ahead” driver program $250
“IMPACT” driver program $800
Removal of the ignition interlock device $50
The fee for the restricted operator’s licence and road test if required Contact an Alberta Registry Agent

*Program costs do not include GST. All costs are subject to change.

What are the consequences for not abiding by the rules?

All IIP activity is recorded and monitored. Attempting to drive after drinking may result in the Impaired Driving Unit extending the time in the program and/or requiring you to meet with the Ignition Interlock Program Review Committee.

Any participant who attempts to cheat or bypass the ignition interlock device, who has his/her licence suspended or cancelled, or who is charged with any driving-related Criminal Code (Canada) offence may be immediately removed from the program and his/her restricted operator's licence may be suspended. This could also result in an extension on the Ignition Interlock Program.

Where can I find out more about the Ignition Interlock Program?

Frequently asked IIP questions can be found here: http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/Content/docType4789/Production/IIPQA.pdf