What is a Driver Abstract?
A driver abstract is a printed summary of a person’s driving record, including merit and demerit points, convictions and suspensions.
The release of information from a driver abstract is regulated by the Access to Motor Vehicle Information Regulation (AMVIR). This means that we can only provide your dirver abstract to you, to an individual to whom you have provided consent or to an organization which has an AMVIR agreement and has received consent from you to request the information.
There are 2 types of abstracts that can be requested for 3, 5 or 10 year periods:
Standard Driver Abstract
A Standard Driver Abstract provides information about:
- driver’s name, address, date of birth and MVID
- driver’s appearance (height, weight, sex, etc.)
- driver’s operator number, issue date and expiration date
- current class (i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 GDL or non-GDL)
- status of the drivers licence
- conviction information
- demerit points
The driver abstract doesn’t show the individual’s driving experience or the date first licensed.
Commercial Driver Abstract
A Commercial Driver Abstract provides most of the same information as the Standard Driver Abstract plus information about Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) inspections.
The commercial driver abstract does not include information about the driver’s appearance
Requesting Your Abstract In Person
The simplest way to get an abstract is to visit Registries Plus in person. When you arrive to the Registry, we will need you to fill out a Driver Abstract Statement of Intent. We provide the form here for your reference, but please note that it will need to be signed and witnessed in our office.
Please note that you will have to tell us whether you want a SDA or CDA (see above) – if you are requesting the abstract for employment purposes, you should ask you employer which type is required. You will also need to tell us if you want a 3, 5, or 10 years abstract.
Authorizing a Third Party to Request Your Driver Abstract
If you cannot attend the Registry in person, you can authorize another individual to do so on your behalf. That person will need to show valid identification (Alberta driver’s licence is preferred) and will need an original Driver Abstract Consent Form completed by you. They will also need to fill in the Driver Abstract Statement of Intent, so be sure to let the person coming in on your behalf know exactly which product you require.
If you are giving your consent to an organization with an AMVIR agreeement, that organization will ask you to fill out a Consent form and they will keep this form on file.
The cost for all Driver Abstracts is $28.65, including GST.
Going into business for yourself? Registries Plus offers the best value in Calgary for an incorporation - just $379 for a numbered company.
Whether you want to drive for Uber, a school bus company, or do long-haul trucking, you are going to need a Commercial Licence if you want to drive professionally.
It is important to be sure that the vehicle you are driving is registered with the correct class of plate.