Drivers take notice! If you have been convicted on a DUI (driving under the influence) charge, this may be your only chance to keep your employment intact. Prevention though, is always the best answer.


What is the Ignition Interlock Program?

The Ignition Interlock Program involves the installation of an ignition interlock device in a vehicle as a condition of driver licensing. The device measures the alcohol levels of the driver and will “lock” the ignition if a reading is too high.

The program is designed to help individuals separate their drinking behaviour from driving. If you have lost your driver’s licence through an alcohol related criminal driving conviction, the Ignition Interlock Program may allow you to gain conditional driving privileges.

Depending on the circumstances, participation in the program may be mandatory or voluntary.


When is the Ignition Interlock Program Mandatory?

The program is mandatory for all drivers who have more than one alcohol related Criminal Code conviction in the past 10 years. It is also mandatory for first offences when the driver is convicted for driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 10 mg% or for refusing to provide a breath/blood sample.


Can I voluntarily participate in the program?

You are eligible to apply to participate in the program if you have been convicted of impaired driving under section 253(a) of the Criminal Code.

You are not eligible to participate in the program if you were convicted of impaired driving causing injury or death under section 255 of the Criminal Code.


How does the program work?

You must apply to the ALBERTA TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD (the Board) to participate in the program. You may apply to the program when you have 30 days or less remaining in your minimum prohibition term indicated on the “Order of Driving Prohibition Against an Offender”, which you received in court. Note: An original or readable copy of your “Order of Driving Prohibition” must accompany your application for the Ignition Interlock Program.


How will I know if the Board has approved me for the program?

The Board will notify you by mail about your acceptance or rejection for the program.

If you are accepted, you will be given detailed instructions on getting the equipment installed in your vehicle, taking the training to use it, and taking a road test in order to obtain a restricted licence. The Board may take up to 30 days to process your application however, and may deny any application in the interest of public safety.


What will it cost me to participate in the program?

You can expect the following approximate costs:

$150 plus GST for the installation ; *

$50 plus GST for removal of the device;

$105 plus GST per month for the rental of the device;

$220 for the Planning Ahead or $750 for the “Impact” Driver Programs (cost subject to change);

$63 for the Ignition Interlock Application. In addition, a registry agent fee will be charged;

*Fees for a restricted operator’s licence and a road test. $100.00 surcharge will apply for Heavy Trucks and Specialty Vehicles.