Demerit points are assigned according to a schedule set by Alberta Transportation. Here are some the most common offenses and the number of demerit points associated with them:
|Distracted Driving||2 points|
|Traffic lane violation||2 points|
|Failure to signal a lane change||2 points|
|Failing to stop as directed by traffic control devices or as otherwise required||3 points|
|Failing to stop at a red light||3 points|
|Failure to yield to a pedestrian or vehicle who has right-of-way||3 points|
|Driving through or around a railway crossing gate||3 points|
|Following too close||4 points|
|Speeding at an unreasonable rate||4 points|
|Exceeding the speed limit by up to 15 km/h||2 points|
|Exceeding the speed limit by more than 15 km/h but not more than 30 km/h||3 points|
|Exceeding the speed limit by more than 50 km/h||6 points|
|Racing on a highway||6 points|
|Failing to yield to a school bus||6 points|
Appealing the Demerit Points
A demerit point suspension cannot be appealed. However, you may appeal through the courts the individual conviction that resulted in the suspension. Please refer to the instructions on the back of the ticket and be sure to take action in the required time frame. Once demerit points are assigned, you cannot have these demerit points removed (although you can earn Merit Points, please see below).
Alberta Driver License Demerit Point Limits
If you have a Class 5 GDL License, you can accumulate up to 7 points and keep your license. Once you reach 8 or more demerit points, your license will be immediately suspended for 30 days. If you have a Class 5 (Non-GDL) license, your licence will be suspended for 30 days once you exceed 14 points. This is why we encourage Alberta drivers who are eligible to go for the Class 5 Advanced Road Test and upgrade to a Class 5 Non-GDL License. You can book your Advanced Road Test online.
Length of Driver License Susupension
The length of the suspension depends upon how many suspensions you have had. Please note that at any time you can be required to appear before the Alberta Transportation Safety Board (ATSB).
- First suspension: your license will be suspended for one month.
- Second suspension within one year: your license will be suspended for three months.
- Third suspension within two years: your license will be suspended for six months.
License Suspension Next Steps
- Once you receive notification by mail from Service Alberta about your DL suspension, you will need to visit Registries Plus to surrender your Driver’s Licence card.
- Wait one month (or longer if this is a subsequent suspension).
- Visit Registries Plus to pay the reinstatement fee of $59.45 plus the $22.45 new card fee. Please note that if you have any overdue fines, you will need to take care of these before the system will allow us to reinstate your license.
Demerit Points After Suspension
Your Class 5 GDL License will be reinstated with 3 points. If you have a Class 5 non-GDL License, you will be reinstated with 7 points. These points will remain on the license for 2 years.
Earn Merit Points with Defensive Driving Course
You can take a Defensive Driving Course at an approved Driving School to receive 3 demerits back on your license. We can recommend a driving school to you – just call us at 403 207-5158. Costs vary by school but generally you can expect to spend $75 for the six hour course. When you complete the course, the Driving School will issue you with a certificate of completion. Bring the certificate to us and we will enter the credit for 3 demerit points (there is a $9.45 service fee). Please note that the system cannot issue credit for demerits you don’t have. For example, if you have two demerit points and you provide a Defensive Driving Course certificate, your balance will go down to zero demerit points (not -1). The certificate is valid for two years from the date of issue. You can complete the Defensive Driving Course and earn merit points once every two years.
Increase Demerit Point Limit with Advanced Road Test
If your license says “Class 5 GDL”, you can only accumulate up to 7 points. You can increase the maximum allowable demerit points by upgrading to a full Class 5 (Non-GDL) driver’s license. However, you have to do this before a suspension has occurred, because you won’t be eligible to take the Advanced Road Test if you have been suspended within the last year. You can book your Advanced Road Test online.