Reinstating your driver’s
licence privileges as a result
of a demerit point suspension
DRIVER'S LICENCE SUSPENSION
• A Notice of Suspension letter will be
mailed to the last address recorded
on your motor vehicle file. It is your
responsibility to notify an Alberta
Registry Agent office anytime you
change your mailing address.
• The Notice of Suspension letter will
indicate the conditions that must be
completed prior to reinstatement of your
• The Notice of Suspension will indicate
the effective date of your suspension.
• You must turn your driver’s licence
over to any Alberta Registry Agent
office on or before your effective date.
It is illegal to be in possession of your
driver’s licence while you are serving
a suspension. It is a serious offence to
operate a vehicle while serving
• You must serve the term of
Provincial suspensions may be imposed
for reasons such as a poor driving record,
failure to pay a legal judgment, medical
reasons, or failure to comply with a Notice
Driving a motor vehicle is an earned
privilege that carries a considerable
amount of responsibility. The driving
habits of each motorist contribute to
the level of traffic safety in Alberta. The
primary purpose of the province’s driver
licensing system is to supervise habits
and apply enforcement where necessary.
In order to achieve this goal, the ATSB
concentrates on driver rehabilitation.
Individuals having to appear before the
ATSB may appear with or without legal
The ATSB may suspend, for a
definite or indefinite period of time,
the driver’s licence of any person
referred by the Registrar, the Minister,
by the courts or police. The ATSB may
order that a person take an education
program or prescribe other conditions
to hold a driver’s licence.
Before suspending or restricting driving
privileges, the ATSB gives the person
at least 10 days notice in writing (unless
driving privileges are already suspended).
In making a decision, the ATSB takes
into consideration the person’s driving
record, driver attitude, driving skills and
knowledge, driving disabilities and any
other factors it considers relevant.