Alberta Ticket Busters - Demerit Points Demystified

Demerit Points Demystified


Alberta uses a demerit point system. Not all traffic offences are subject to demerit points, and minor convictions carry fewer demerits than major ones. Upon conviction of any traffic offence subject to demerits, two to seven points are added to a driver's record.

Demerit points stay on a driver's record for two years from the date of conviction.


Government-approved demerit reduction courses are widely available; such courses can be completed online in about six hours and redeemed for a three-point reduction every two years.


Contrary to popular belief, demerit points and insurance premiums are NOT directly linked; rather, insurers tend to focus on the quantity, seriousness, and frequency of offences on record.


More information regarding Alberta's vehicle insurance grid rating system can be found here



License Suspension: Fully Licensed Driver


A fully licensed driver will receive a courtesy notice by mail once eight demerit points have been accumulated.


If a fully licensed driver accumulates fifteen demerit points within a two-year period, his/her license will be suspended for one month. If this occurs for a second time within a year of the original suspension, the license will be suspended for three months.


If a driver's license is suspended three or more times within a two-year period, his/her license will be suspended for six months and reinstated with seven points; such drivers may also be required to appear before the Alberta Transportation Safety Board.


License Suspension: Graduated Driver's License (GDL)


A GDL driver will receive a courtesy notice by mail once four or more but fewer than eight demerit points have been accumulated.


If a GDL driver accumulates eight or more demerit points within a two-year period, his/her license will be suspended for one month. If this occurs for a second time within a year of the original suspension, the license will be suspended for three months.


If a GDL driver's license is suspended three or more times within a two-year period, his/her license will be suspended for six months and reinstated with three points; such drivers must appear before the Alberta Transportation Safety Board.


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