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Ignition Interlock Program

•   Driver Fitness and Monitoring (DFM) contact information.
•   What is the Ignition Interlock program?
•   How the Ignition Interlock program works.
•   Who is required to complete the Ignition Interlock Program.
•   How to apply to the Ignition Interlock Program.
•   Ignition Interlock Service Provider Information.
•   Who is the Ignition Interlock Service provider
          • Frequently asked questions 
•   Ignition Interlock Program costs.
•   Ignition Interlock program exemptions.
•   Appealing a decision of the Registrar
•   Out of Province Clients
•   Frequently questions asked

Driver Fitness and Monitoring (DFM) contact information.

Phone: 780-427-8230 or toll-free by first calling 310-0000 if outside the Edmonton local calling area.
Fax number: 855-643-9418

Driver Fitness and Monitoring
Safety, Policy and Engineering Division
Room 109, Main Floor, Twin Atria Building
4999-98 Ave
Edmonton AB T6B 2X3 

 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, the minimum mandatory participation term can be found on your Notice of Suspension. Individuals must demonstrate a sustained ability to separate drinking and driving behaviors prior to completing the program. 

 How the Ignition Interlock Program works

Individuals may apply for the Ignition Interlock Program (IIP) when they have completed all the reinstatement conditions, aside from a road test, payment of the reinstatement fee and the outstanding IIP condition. Once IIP participation has been approved the participant will have an alcohol sensing device attached to their vehicle ignition system and obtain a Restricted Driver’s Licence from an Alberta Registry Agent. Please refer to the Ignition Interlock Information Sheet available at an Alberta Registry Agent. 

If the device detects a preset level of alcohol, the individual can’t start or drive their vehicle. All IIP activity is recorded and monitored. Attempting to drive after drinking may result in an extension in the program and/or requiring individuals to meet with the Ignition Interlock Program Review Committee.
Any individual who attempts to cheat or bypass the ignition interlock device, who incurs another license suspension or cancelation, 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 or result in an extension on the Ignition Interlock Program. 
 
Terms and Conditions  (pdf 17.96 KB)

Who is required to complete the program?

Individuals convicted under sections 253, 254 or 255 of the Criminal Code (Canada) must successfully complete the IIP in order to obtain full licencing privileges. 

How to apply to the Ignition Interlock Program.

The individual 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 application must be completed and sent to Driver Fitness and Monitoring along with a copy of the court ordered driving prohibition. The application documents can be sent to DFM within 30 days of completing the “Order of Driving Prohibition Against an Offender” term. If you do not have a copy of your “Order of Driving Prohibition Against an Offender” you may request a copy from the Alberta Courthouse where the prohibition was issued. Individuals will be responsible for any associated costs. 

Send your completed application and your “Order of Driving Prohibition Against an Offender” to:

Driver Fitness and Monitoring
Safety, Policy and Engineering Division
Room 109, Main Floor, Twin Atria Building
4999-98 Ave
Edmonton AB T6B 2X3 

The application will be assessed and if approved, a copy will be mailed back to the participant. Only original copies of the application will only be be accepted. No photocopies. 

Once approved, an appointment can then be booked with the service provider to have the device installed. After the installation, you can obtain a restricted licence from an Alberta Registry Agent

The court ordered “Order of Driving Prohibition Against an Offender” identifies the term of penalty? If the term isn’t identified, Driver Fitness and Monitoring will use the minimum terms quoted in the Criminal Code (Canada). Individuals must be a resident of Alberta and eligible for a Restricted Driver’s Licence.

If the individual is a first time offender, he/she must take the Planning Ahead Driver Program before applying to the IIP. If the individual is a repeat offender, he/she must take the IMPACT Driver Program before applying to the IIP. You are not required to submit a copy of your course completion certificate with your application.

For addition information registering for the Planning Ahead, IMPACT courses please contact the Alberta Motor Association (AMA) in Edmonton at 780-430-8811 or toll free in Alberta at 1-800-272-5698.

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 16.80 KB)

Ignition Interlock Service Provider Information

Once approved into the IIP Program you may contact the service provider assigned to your program term to have the ignition interlock device intalled in your vehicle.
 
Alcolock Canada: For technical issues contact 1-844-240-7178. 

Smart Start Canada: Toll free 1-844-432-4776 or visit: http://www.smartstartcanada.ca/contact-us/

 New Ignition Interlock Service provider

As of January 15, 2015 Smart Start Canada will be the new service provider for Alberta’s Ignition Interlock Program. Program participants installing the Ignition Interlock device on or after January 15, 2015 will be required to install the device through Smart Start Canada.

Ignition Interlock program costs.

 As of January 15, 2015 Smart Start Canada is the new service provider for Alberta’s Ignition Interlock Program. Program participants installing the Ignition Interlock device on or after January 15, 2015 will be required to install the device through Smart Start Canada. 

Frequently Asked Questions

The new service provider  (pdf 91.45 KB) 

 Alcolock Canada Inc.                        Program component                    Cost*

Installation of the ignition interlock device  

  $150.00

Rental fee for the device per month

   $105.00

Removal of the ignition interlock device

   $50.00

As of January 15, 2015 Smart Start Canada will be the new service provider for Alberta’s Ignition Interlock Program. Program participants installing the Ignition Interlock device on or after January 15, 2015 will be required to install the device through Smart Start Canada.

 Smart Start Canada                         Program component                    Cost*

Installation of the ignition interlock device  

  $145.00

Rental fee for the device per month

   $95.00

Removal of the ignition interlock device

   $50.00

  

Application fee (does not include Registry Agent Fee  

  $63.00

"Planning Ahead" driver program

   $250.00

"IMPACT" driver program

   $800.00

The Fee for the restricted driver's licence and road test if required Contact an Alberta Registry Agent

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

For addition information registering for the Planning Ahead, Impact courses 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: http://ama.ab.ca/knowledge-base/articles/how-do-i-register-for-the-alberta-impaired-drivers-program-aidp/

Ignition Interlock Program exemptions

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: 

            • Driver’s 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.

Your “Certificate of Analysis” may be requested through the Alberta Courthouse where you were convicted or at the police detachment where you were charged.

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:

Driver Fitness and Monitoring
Safety, Policy and Engineering Division
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, a letter will be mailed advising why you do not qualify.

Appealing a decision of the Registrar

Decisions of the Registrar of Motor Vehicles may be appealed to the Alberta Transportation Safety Board. Alberta Ignition Interlock Appeals Application for Hearing may be purchased at any Registry Agent Office. There are 2 types of applications: 

            • Non-oral Hearing - a written submission. $125.00 
            • Oral Hearing - a personal appearance before the ATSB. $250.00

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 Board website at www.atsb.alberta.ca

Out of Province Clients

If you have charges in Alberta and do not live in Alberta anymore, please contact DFM at 780-427-8230 and ask to speak to the Reciprocity Coordinator.

If you have received a suspension in another province and wish to apply to the Alberta IIP program, please contact DFM at 780-427-8230 and ask to speak to the Reciprocity Coordinator. 

Frequently asked questions..... 

Frequently Asked IIP Questions:   (pdf 27.44 KB)