Alberta offers new commercial driver abstract

EDMONTON — A new commercial driver abstract that provides a more comprehensive driving record for commercial operators is now available.

Alberta Transportation made the abstract available last week.

While the current abstract only contains moving violations and information about licence qualification (such as cancelled, suspended), the new format will also include non-moving National Safety Code (NSC) violations (e.g., hours of service, load securement, dangerous goods, mechanical issues, etc.) along with Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) inspection results.

The initial commercial driver abstracts will contain this information for the previous three years from the date the abstract is requested. Alberta plans to offer five and 10-year abstracts in the future.

Alberta Transportation says the new abstract provides a more complete driving record and more insight into a commercial driver’s habits, attitudes and compliance history.

"This helps commercial carriers make decisions when hiring new drivers or monitoring current drivers. The more complete record is also an advantage for drivers with good records when seeking employment," the department said in a press release.

Drivers can go to any Alberta Registry Agent and request their own commercial driver abstract or their employers or prospective employers can ask them to sign a waiver that allows the employer to request the commercial driver abstract on the driver’s behalf.

It will cost $15 plus the Registry Agent fee. Click here for a list of locations.

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