How Long Do I Need an Ignition Interlock Device on My Vehicle After a DUI?

If you’re even thinking about how long you need an ignition interlock on your vehicle after a DUI, it’s probably safe to assume you or a loved one was convicted of DUI/DWI, and you have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed on your vehicle. Either that, or you have to get an IID installed and you’re anxious about how long you have to have it. The answer is, it’s complicated.

We understand your frustration. An IID is a daily reminder of your drunk driving conviction. But it is also part of your road back to normalcy and getting your unrestricted driver’s license back. If you stay in full compliance with your IID program and don’t try to drink and drive, you can get the device removed the day after your court-mandated time period expires.

However, if the device records alcohol on your breath, that is considered a test failure and many states will add time on to your IID requirement as a consequence. They may even send you back to the beginning. So it really makes sense not to attempt to drink and drive. Catch a ride with a friend, or use Uber or Lyft. It’s worth it.

Where You Live Matters

All 50 states have ignition interlock laws, but each state has different requirements. For example, how long you must have the IID in your vehicle will vary based on if this was your first DUI/DWI or repeat offense. Some states don’t require an IID for a first offense, but that may soon change, as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Governor’s Highway Safety Association are both pushing for mandatory ignition interlock devices for all offenders.

The length of time the states require an ignition interlock device range all the way from six months to ten years for habitual drunk drivers. At ALCOLOCK, we don’t judge. We install ignition interlock devices in most vehicles, in an increasing number of states across the country. Our goal is to help you complete your restricted driving program successfully.

You may want to visit our state laws and requirements page, where you can select your state to get specific information on the DUI/DWI laws and how an ignition interlock device figures into the situation. We strive to make sure our website has the most current information, but states are updating their drunk driving laws all of the time. You may want to consult with your DUI lawyer, your court order, and your state Department of Motor Vehicles to make sure you are in compliance.

When You Can Get Your Ignition Interlock Device Removed

If you are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and you’re close to the date the courts say you can get your ignition interlock device removed, you’ll need to get the removal paperwork from your DMV. Once you have the removal paperwork, you can schedule device removal at the service center where you got it installed. In some states, the DMV will send you the paperwork, but you may want to be proactive and check how it works in your state.

As long as there is no damage to the device and you are up to date on all of your service payments, there is no additional charge to have the device removed. In most states, you will have to pay a license reinstatement fee to get your new, unrestricted license.

Don’t Tamper With, or Try to Remove the Device Yourself

Your ignition interlock device is a sensitive piece of equipment, and you can easily damage if you try and tamper with it or remove it yourself. Just like installation, removal is not a do-it-yourself project. Not to mention, tampering with or attempting to remove your ignition interlock device is a major program violation. Your DMV might kick you out of the program and reinstate your license suspension.

The device records everything, so there is no way to try and tamper with it or remove it where you won’t be found out. Don’t even bother.

Fast and Affordable Ignition Interlock Device Installation

At ALCOLOCK, we pride ourselves on offering you fast and affordable ignition interlock device installation. You can call one of our service centers directly, or call us at 866-700-9300, or use our contact form. In most cases, we can get you back on the road with an IID installed in your vehicle within 48 hours of your initial call.

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