FAQ - Florida
Got a DUI – what now?
If you receive a DUI, the courts may require you to have an ignition interlock installed in your vehicle to get a restricted license. Follow these steps:
- It is your responsibility to verify that you are eligible for a restricted license and what conditions must be met before getting an ignition interlock installed.
- Book an appointment. If you are eligible, we can install an ignition interlock at the first available appointment time.
- Verify the installation with the Florida DMV. We will give you supporting documents to confirm that you’ve had an approved ignition interlock installed.
- Receive your restricted license from the DMV and drive away.
Call ALCOLOCK at 1 (866) 837-8646 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 at the first available appointment time.
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 Florida, the length of the program is determined by the courts and based on several things, including the number of prior DUI convictions and BAC at the time of arrest.
** 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 interlock. All potential program violations are fully explained in the “User Guide” that you get when you enroll with ALCOLOCK.
Q: How often are service appointments required?
A: In Florida, ALCOLOCK service appointments are required at least every 30 or 60 days depending on your circumstances.
Q: How long do the appointments take?
A: ALCOLOCK service appointments typically take less than 20 minutes.
Q: Is the ignition interlock monitored?
A: Florida 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 any 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.