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FAQ - North Carolina

Got a DWI – what now?

If you receive a DWI, the law requires you to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed in your vehicle to get a conditional restoration of your license. Follow these steps:

Call ALCOLOCK. We are a licensed provider of IIDs. We can verify that you are eligible for a conditional restoration and what conditions must be met before getting an IID installed.

  1. Book an appointment. ALCOLOCK can install an IID within 48 hours of your call.
  2. Verify the installation with the North Carolina DMV. ALCOLOCK will give you a registered certificate to confirm that you’ve had an approved IID installed.
  3. Receive your restricted license from the DMV and drive away.

Call ALCOLOCK at 1 (855) 664-0353 for more information and to book an appointment.


Common Questions

Q: How soon can ALCOLOCK install an IID in my vehicle?

A: You can usually have the installation completed within 48 hours of calling ALCOLOCK.


Q: Who pays for the IID program?

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


Q: How long is a typical IID program?

A: In North Carolina, the law requires a first time offender to participate in the IID program for at least 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 to provide a running retest when required, and trying to bypass the IID. All potential program violations are fully explained in the “Compliance Manual” that you get when you enroll with ALCOLOCK.


Q: How often are service appointments required?

A: In North Carolina, ALCOLOCK service appointments are required at least every 60 days.


Q: How long do the appointments take?

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


Q: Is the IID monitored?

A: North Carolina law mandates that every breath test is logged and encrypted by the IID. As a certified provider, ALCOLOCK is required to transfer the data to a secure database and report any violations to the jurisdictional authorities.


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

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


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