FAQ - Texas
Court-ordered IID – what now?
If you receive a court order to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed, the law requires you to have one put in your vehicle before you are able to get a restricted license. Follow these steps:
- Call ALCOLOCK. We can verify that you are eligible and required to have an IID installed. Texas Courts court order the device even if they aren’t eligble for a restricted license.
- Book an appointment. If you are eligible, ALCOLOCK can install an IID within days of your call.
- Verify the installation with the courts, your Probation Officer or Pre-Trial Bond Supervision Unit. We will give you an invoice and service agreement to confirm that you’ve had an approved ignition interlock installed.
- Pay all necessary fees to the Texas Department of Public Safety and receive your special restricted license.
Call ALCOLOCK at 1 (888) 401-5024 for more information and to book an appointment.
Q: What happens if I don’t install an ignition interlock device (IID) after receiving a court order?
A: If you do not provide verification that you have had an IID installed, your license may be cancelled and you will not be able to get a restricted license.
Q: How soon can ALCOLOCK install an IID in my vehicle?
A: You can usually have the installation completed within days of calling ALCOLOCK.
Q: Who pays for the IID?
A: As outlined by Texas law, the client is responsible for all fees associated with the ALCOLOCK IID installation, maintenance and monitoring.
Q: How long do I have to keep the IID installed in my vehicle?
A: In Texas, the length of time that you must keep an IID installed is determined by the courts. You will be notified.
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 IID. All potential program violations are fully explained in the “Operating Guide” that you get with you enroll with ALCOLOCK.
Q: How often are service appointments required?
A: In Texas, ALCOLOCK service appointments are required every 60 days, but your probation officer or the courts may mandate more frequent appointments.
Q: How long do the appointments take?
A: ALCOLOCK service appointments typically take less than 20 minutes.
Q: Is the IID monitored?
A: Texas 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 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 DRIVESAFEE portable breath tester use the same sensors as ignition interlocks.