FAQ - Pennsylvania
Got a DUI – what now?
If you receive a DUI, 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 can verify that you are eligible for a restricted license.
- Book an appointment. If you are eligible, we can install an IID within 48 hours of your call.
- Verify the installation with the Ohio BMV. We will give you a registered certificate to confirm that you’ve had an approved IID installed.
- Receive your restricted/occupational license from the BMV and drive away.
Call ALCOLOCK at 1 (800) 452-1739 for more information and to book an appointment
Q: What happens if I don’t install an ignition interlock after receiving a court order?
A: If you do not provide verification that you have had an ignition interlock installed after receiving a court order, you may have all driving privileges revoked.
Q: How soon can ALCOLOCK install an ignition interlock in my vehicle?
A: You can usually have the installation completed within 48 hours of calling for an appointment.
Q: Who pays for the ignition interlock 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 ignition interlock program?
A: In Pennsylvania, the law requires a first time offender to participate in the program for a minimum of one year.
** Note that a program violation will restart the 12-month period, starting from the date of the most recent violation.
Q: What is a program violation?
A: Program violations include things like failing a breath test, failing to provide a rolling retest when required, and trying to bypass the ignition interlock. 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 Pennsylvania, 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 ignition interlock monitored?
A: Pennsylvania law mandates that every breath test is logged and encrypted by the ignition interlock. As a certified provider, ALCOLOCK is required to transfer the data to a secure database and report program violations to 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 ignition interlock test is to test yourself in advance. Advanced breath alcohol testers like the DRIVESAFE portable breath tester use the same sensors as ignition interlocks.