How to Obtain a Driver’s Abstract

When you receive your Alberta driver’s licence, a history of your driving is recorded. Over the years, this record accumulates information like collisions, convictions, traffic tickets and driving suspensions. It can impact your insurance rates and employment opportunities, but it also gives valuable insight into the kind of driver you are. Keeping your Alberta driver’s abstract clean is a key component of being a safe and responsible driver. Fortunately, there are many ways to have errors amended from your driving abstract and it’s worthwhile to do so regularly.

A standard driver’s abstract Alberta road tests includes your driver identification details, demerit totals, Highway Traffic Act and Criminal Code of Canada convictions as far back as the records go, and other important information like residential addresses and driver licence renewals. A commercial driver’s abstract contains the same information but doesn’t include personal details like your name, age, sex and height.

Your Alberta driver’s abstract can be used for a variety of reasons, from applying for a job to monitoring your demerit points. However, it is particularly important when requesting car insurance quotes because the data in your abstract will play a significant role in determining your premium. If you have multiple collisions or traffic convictions on your record, it can significantly increase the amount of money you’ll pay for your vehicle insurance.

Obtaining your Alberta driver’s abstract is fairly simple, but you must be prepared to provide your personal information and valid photo identification. The first step is to request the type of abstract you need. The registry agent will then require your personal details and valid identification to process the request.

The next step is to pay the fee. You can use cash, a cheque or a debit card to make the payment. Finally, the registry agent will provide you with a copy of your Alberta driver’s abstract.

Online: You can order your Alberta driver abstract online through the Service Alberta website using a verified MyAlberta Digital ID account (MADI). The site will allow you to choose between a standard driver’s abstract or a commercial driver’s abstract and indicate how long you want it to cover (3, 5, or 10 years).

In person: You can also get an Alberta driver’s abstract by visiting any registry office in the province, including Country Hills Plates. To do so, you’ll need to have your MADI account ready and be prepared to provide personal details like your driver’s licence number and address. Getting your abstract in-person is usually the fastest option, and it can be printed instantly at some locations like Country Hills Plates.

Whether you’re applying for a new job or trying to keep your insurance rates low, having an accurate Alberta driver’s abstract can save you time and money. By reviewing your abstract regularly and having errors corrected promptly, you’ll ensure that the information on your Alberta driver’s abstract is always correct. The process may take a little while, but it’s worth the effort.