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FAQ - Illinois

Got a DUI – what now?

If you receive a DUI, you need a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) installed in your vehicle following your receipt of a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) or a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP). Follow these steps:

  1. After you receive your MDDP or RDP, call ALCOLOCK to book an appointment. We can generally install a BAIID within 48 hours of your call.
  2. Bring your permit and other documentation to your appointment and we will install your BAIID and provide extensive training on the operation of the device. Drive away with confidence.

Call ALCOLOCK at 1 (888) 786-1197 for more information and to book an appointment.

Common Questions

Q: What happens if I do not install a breath alcohol ignition interlock device after receiving a DUI?

A: After you receive your MDDP or RDP, you have 14 days to install a BAIID. If you do not have a BAIID, you are not allowed to operate a motor vehicle. If you do not provide verification that you have had an ignition interlock installed your license will remain suspended.

Q: How soon can ALCOLOCK install a BAIID in my vehicle?

A: You can usually have the installation completed within 48 hours of calling for an appointment.

Q: Who pays for the ALCOLOCK BAIID program?

A: As outlined by the law, the client is responsible for all fees associated with participating in any BAIID program.

Q: How long is a BAIID program?

A: In Illinois, the law requires a first time offender to participate in a BAIID for six months to one year if they wish to continue driving. Repeat offenders with an RDP generally participate for one year.

** Note that program violations increase the length of the program.

Q: What is a program violation?

A: Program violations include things like failing a breath test, failing to provide a retest when required, and trying to bypass the BAIID. All potential program violations are fully explained in the “Compliance Manual” that you get with you enroll with ALCOLOCK.

Q: How often are service appointments required?

A: In Illinois, ALCOLOCK service appointments are required every 30 – 60 days.

Q: How long do the appointments take?

A: ALCOLOCK service appointments typically take less than 20 minutes.

Q: Is the BAIID monitored?

A: Illinois law mandates that every breath test is logged and encrypted by the BAIID. As a certified provider, ALCOLOCK is required to transfer the data to a secure database and report any program violations to the Secretary of State.

Q: How can I know if I will fail a breath test before taking one?

A: Besides not drinking at all, the easiest way to ensure that you don’t fail a BAIID test is to test yourself in advance. Advanced breath alcohol testers like the DRIVESAFE portable breath tester use the same sensors as BAIIDs.

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