Demerit Point System in Calgary, Alberta

Fully licensed drivers and those still under the Graduated Driver Licensing Program in Alberta may accumulate demerit points against their operator’s licenses for committing various driving offences. The more criminal offences, such as dangerous driving, are not always tracked by the demerit point system, as they tend to come with bigger consequences like hefty fines, license suspensions and jail time. It’s typically the lesser driving offences that you have to watch out for in regards to the demerit point system in Calgary, Alberta. It only takes eight demerit points in a two-year period to have your license suspended if you’re still under the Graduated Driver Licensing Program or 15 demerit points in a two-year period for full Class 5 license holders.


There’s no appeal against a demerit point suspension unless it can be proven the demerit points were assigned to you in error. Don’t wait until you’re facing a license suspension to understand how the system works. We Defend™ has taken the time to break down what you should know about the demerit point system in Alberta.

How the System Works for the Graduated Driver Licensing Program

If you have four or more demerit points (but less than eight), you’ll receive a courtesy notice in the mail. Once you’ve accumulated eight or more, your operator’s license will be automatically suspended for a month. If it’s your second suspension within a year, your operator’s license will be suspended for three months and you’ll have to appear before the Alberta Transportation Safety Board. If you’ve had three or more demerit suspensions within two years, your operator’s license will be suspended for six months and you’ll have to appear before the Alberta Transportation Safety Board.


Once you’ve served your suspension time, your operator’s license will be reinstated with three points. These points will remain on your driver’s record for two years from the reinstatement date of issue. Once two years have elapsed since your date of conviction (the date you actually paid your fine or were found guilty, not the date you received your ticket), the number of points will be assessed and stricken from your demerit total. If you complete a defensive driving course prior to accumulating eight or more points, a maximum of three demerit points will not be included in your overall demerit total for two years.

How the System Works for Fully Licensed Drivers

If you have eight or more demerit points (but less than 15), you’ll receive a courtesy notice in the mail. Once you’ve accumulated 15 or more demerit points within a two-year period, your operator’s license will be automatically suspended for a month. If it’s your second demerit suspension in a year, your operator’s license will be suspended for three months. If you’ve had three or more demerit suspensions within two years, your operator’s license will be suspended for six months and you may be required to appear before the Alberta Transportation Safety Board.


Once you’ve served your suspension time, your operator’s license will be reinstated with seven points. These points will remain on your driver’s record for two years from the reinstatement date of issue. Once two years have elapsed since your date of conviction (the date you actually paid your fine or were found guilty, not the date you received your ticket), the number of points will be assessed and stricken from your demerit total. If you complete a defensive driving course prior to accumulating 15 or more demerit points, a maximum of three demerit points will not be included in your overall demerit total for two years.

How Many Demerit Points Am I Facing?

Need to know how many demerit points you’re facing? Here’s a breakdown of the most common driving offences and how many demerit points they’re each worth:


2 Demerit Points

  • Speeding (exceeding the posted limit by up to 15km/h)
  • Traffic lane violations
  • Driving at less than the minimum posted speed
  • Improper turns (including U-turns)
  • Improper backing
  • Failure to obey traffic control devices (traffic lights and signs)
  • Curfew violations (Graduated Driver Licensing Program)
  • Having more passengers than seatbelts (Graduated Driver Licensing Program)
  • Having an unqualified supervisor (Graduated Driver Licensing Program)


3 Demerit Points

  • Driving left of centre
  • Driving the wrong way on a one-way highway
  • Failure to report an accident
  • Failure to stop at a stop sign or at a red light intersection
  • Failure to yield
  • Impeding a passing vehicle
  • Improper passing
  • Proceeding when unsafe driving conditions are present
  • Stunting
  • Speeding (exceeding the posted limit by more than 15 km/h but less than 30 km/h)


4 Demerit Points

  • Speeding (exceeding the posted limit by more than 30 km/h but less than 50 km/h)
  • Speeding at an unreasonable rate
  • Tailgating (following the vehicle in front of you too closely)
  • Passing a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk
  • Failure to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian on a crosswalk


5 Demerit Points

  • Failure to stop for a peace officer
  • Failure to stop for a school bus or a vehicle carrying explosives/gas/flammable liquids at an uncontrolled railway crossing


6 Demerit Points

  • Speeding (exceeding the posted limit by more than 50 km/h)
  • Racing
  • Failure to stop for a school bus
  • Careless driving


7 Demerit Points

  • Failure to remain at the scene of an accident

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Should you have a question about the demerit point system in Alberta or need an experienced traffic ticket agency to help you fight for your rights, please feel free to contact our office. We Defend™ offers free consultations and a 24-hour phone line for emergency service.

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