Traffic and Bylaw FAQs

  1. What if I am unable to go to Court on the Scheduled date? If you are unable to attend Court on the scheduled day:
    • You can arrange to have a lawyer or an agent appear for you. Once you have retained SLA on your specific traffic matter and informed them of the traffic date, we can go on your behalf.
    • Offence notice violation tickets have a mail-in option available (see the back of the violation ticket for further instructions or options).
    • You may go to the court before the specified appearance date. The clerk at the counter may be able to deal with your ticket right away or give you a new date to appear.
  2. What happens if I miss my Court date? If you do not appear in court as required, a warrant for your arrest may be issued.
  3. What is the difference between a provincial offence and a criminal offence? Provincial traffic offences (such as a parking violation) in Alberta are charged pursuant to the Alberta Traffic Safety Act and accompanying regulations.  These offences do not result in a criminal record. Criminal offences (such as impaired driving) are charged pursuant to the Canada Criminal Code and may result in a criminal record.
  4. How do I pay my ticket?  You may pay your ticket in person at the Traffic Counter (Calgary Court Centre, 2nd floor). You may also pay your traffic ticket online. You may negotiate a payment schedule for your bylaw ticket at the Traffic Counter.  Source: City of Calgary
  5. How do I plea Not Guilty and schedule a trial? Enter a plea of not guilty at the Traffic Counter (Calgary Courts Centre, 2nd floor) and a trail date will be scheduled. Municipal trials may be booked by sending the signed violation ticket by registered mail to the address on the ticket. The signed ticket must be received on or before the appearance date indicated on the ticket. Note: Keep your post office receipt as proof of mailing. You will then be notified of the trial date by regular mail which will be sent to the address you indicated on the ticket. If you do not receive a notice of the trial date by regular mail, you must contact the Court office by calling toll-free 310-0000 or by contacting www.albertacourts.ab.ca to obtain the trial date.
    Source: City of Calgary
  6. How many demerit points will lose for my offence? Visit the Alberta Transportation website for the demerit point schedule.
  7. My licence has been suspended, what should I know? Persons convicted of violations under the Criminal Code of Canada, the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Act, or theTraffic Safety Act, involving the operation or control of a motor vehicle may be suspended or disqualified from driving in accordance with limits stated in the Traffic Safety Act.
    It is unlawful to be in possession of an operator’s licence while it is suspended or disqualified. It is a serious offence to drive while unauthorized, punishable by law. See Vehicle Seizures. Only individuals who are in possession of a full, non-GDL drivers licence can apply for a restricted drivers licence due to a demerit suspension.
    For further details, call the Driver Fitness and Monitoring Branch, toll-free from anywhere in the province, at 310-0000 followed by 780-427-8230 (Edmonton).
    Source: Service Alberta
  8. What is the law for distracted driving? Visit the Alberta Transportation website for full details about the distracted driving law.
  9. What do I do now that my car has been seized? Visit the Alberta Services website for full details about  the Alberta Vehicle Seizure Program.
  10. What do I do if I am issued an Offence Notice Violation Ticket (This ticket will be yellow or white)? Your copy of an offence notice violation ticket will be yellow or white and it will have the words “Part 3, Offence Notice” in the upper right hand corner.  Read both sides of the ticket carefully. The back provides detailed information about your options.  If you fail to respond to an offence notice violation ticket on or before the date set out on the front of the ticket, you may be convicted in your absence. The amount set out on the front of the ticket (the Voluntary Payment Option) will be assessed as your fine. The fine and any applicable late payment charge will be recorded at the Motor Vehicle Registry and you will be mailed a Notice of Conviction. The Motor Vehicle Registry may not provide you with services until you pay all fines in full. An accumulation of unpaid fines may result in the suspension of your operator’s licence.Source: Alberta Courts website .
  11. What do I do if I am issued a Summons Violation Ticket (Pink)? Your copy of a Summons Violation Ticket will be pink and it will have the words “Part 2, Summons” in the upper right hand corner.  If the officer has marked the “Court Appearance Required” box, you must appear in court (in person or by agent) on or before the date specified in the ticket. If you do not appear in court as required, a warrant for your arrest may be issued.  If the officer has marked the “Voluntary Payment Option” box with a fine amount, you have the option of paying the specified voluntary payment amount in full or appearing in court (in person or by agent) on or before the date set out in the ticket. By paying the voluntary payment amount you are deemed to have pled guilty to the charge. If you do not pay the voluntary payment amount and you do not appear in court when required to do so, a warrant for your arrest may be issued.
    Source: Alberta Courts website 
  12. How do I request my Driver’s abstract? You may request printed copies of your own driver’s abstract in person, in the office of any valid Alberta registry agent.  You have to present acceptable photo identification and complete the Request for Personal Driving and Motor Vehicle Information (REG 3394) form (pdf) by checking the appropriate box indicating the type of driver’s abstract you require and signing and dating the form in front of the registry agent clerk.
    Source: Service Alberta 
  13. How do I set aside a conviction in absence? Visit the Alberta Courts website for the steps involved to set aside a conviction.
  14. How do I order Disclosure? Complete the disclosure request form at the Traffic Counter (Calgary Court Centre, 2nd floor) and you will be contacted by the Crown when your disclosure is ready for pick up.