A DUI can be expensive, with lawyer’s fees, lost wages, fines, potential jail time, etc. By the time you get to the point where you have to get an ignition interlock device (IID) installed, you’re hoping you can afford it. If you’re asking yourself, What does an ignition interlock device cost? We have good news. IIDs are actually very affordable for most people. The ability to continue to drive to work and earn a living is priceless.
You are responsible for all costs associated with the ignition interlock device, including installation and maintenance. You will also have to pay the DMV/DOT certain fees when you apply for your restricted license, and when you apply for reinstatement of your unrestricted license once you have completed the program. State fees will differ based on where you live.
For the purposes of this article, we will address the cost of the device itself. Total IID costs will depend on how many months (or years) you are required to have the ignition interlock installed on your vehicle. State ignition interlock laws spell that out, based on your specific offense.
Installation Costs for Your Ignition Interlock Device
The ignition interlock device installation cost is a one-time fee, and will generally range between $70-150, depending on what state you live in, and which IID manufacturer you choose to go with. The installation fee covers the physical installation of the device and training you on how to use it.
Keep in mind you will be leasing the ignition interlock device, rather than purchasing it outright. And you have to lease it from a state-certified IID provider like ALCOLOCK. This is not a DIY situation where you can buy a used device on Amazon or eBay and install it yourself.
The upfront installation cost may also vary depending on what kind of ignition interlock device you get. Devices with GPS, camera capabilities, or real-time reporting may cost more than the basic IID. Which device you get will likely depend on your state’s requirements.
Most states require you to get an ignition interlock device installed on any vehicle you will be driving. Some require installation on every vehicle you own. If you drive for work, you may need to work with your employer regarding the IID law requirements. Every state is different. If you have specific legal questions, consult with your DUI lawyer or the DMV/DOT.
Maintenance Costs for Your Ignition Interlock Device
Every state requires regular maintenance visits. These are usually monthly, but may be less often if the state has real-time access to the information your device is recording, or if you live in a remote area. Again, be sure to check your state’s specific requirements.
At each maintenance visit, your technician will re-calibrate the device as needed, answer any questions, and download the information the device has recorded since your last service visit. That information is then made available to your monitoring agency.
In general, for monthly maintenance visits, you can expect to pay $60-90 a month. That’s just $2-3 a day. You likely spend more on coffee, cigarettes, or snacks than that.
Replacement Costs of Your Ignition Interlock Device
If your IID-equipped car is stolen and the device is damaged, most companies will not hold you financially responsible if you have purchased a product protection plan. You can also check to see if your own auto insurance would cover the replacement of the device.
However, if you damage or destroy your device, you are responsible for the repair or replacement costs, which can reach hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. So do yourself a favor — don’t try and tamper with or damage the device.
A Note about Financial Hardship
If you are required by your state to get an ignition interlock device installed, but you have a genuine financial hardship, you should check with your state and your DUI lawyer about the expense. Some states have programs to offer assistance in paying for the ignition interlock device if you meet some low-income standards. But be warned, these programs are very hard to get into.
Most states figure if you can afford to smoke cigarettes or buy alcohol, you can afford the costs of an ignition interlock device.
Schedule Your Ignition Interlock Device Installation Appointment
If you need to get an IID installed on your vehicle, help is just a phone call away. Call one of our service locations directly, or call ALCOLOCK at (866) 700-9300 to schedule your ignition interlock device installation appointment. Be sure you have all of the paperwork from the courts and the Department of Motor Vehicles when you call. That will speed things up as far as scheduling. Once we have confirmed that you are eligible for the program, we can generally get you in within two business days. We offer fast and affordable ignition interlock device installation and maintenance at locations around the country.