So if you’re reading this, we can safely assume you already have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed, or the court has ordered you to install one, and you’re already wondering when you can get your ignition interlock device removed. We get it. It’s kind of a pain to have an IID installed in your vehicle. But it’s worth it, because getting an interlock device installed in your vehicle brings you one step closer to getting your life back on track.
When you can get your ignition interlock device removed depends on several factors, including what state you live in, and whether this was your first DUI/DWI offense, or whether it was a second, third, or even fourth offense. It also depends on if you are in full compliance with the ignition interlock device program, because program violations can extend the amount of time you have to keep the device in your vehicle.
State Laws Differ
Every state and Washington DC have ignition interlock laws on the books. Again, how long you have to have the IID in your vehicle varies based on if this was a first offense or repeat offense. ALCOLOCK installs ignition interlock devices in just about any vehicle, in states across the country. For more information about the state laws where we operate, you may want to visit our state laws and requirements page, where you can select your state to get more information. While we do our best to keep our website up to date, states are changing their DUI laws all of the time. To be sure you have the most current information, consult with your DUI lawyer and your court order.
If You Are Nearing the End of Your Court Ordered Program
If you are getting near the end of the mandated ignition interlock device program, and you have complied with the program so the initial time period has not been extended, you will want to think about getting the device removal paperwork. We cannot remove your ignition interlock device without the appropriate paperwork. Some states will send you the paperwork, while in other states, you have to request the removal paperwork. Your monitoring authority, such as your probation officer or the DMV, should be able to help you in this regard.
Once you receive the device removal paperwork, you can contact your service center to schedule removal of your ignition interlock device. All fees will be due in full at the time of removal.
Do Not Attempt to Remove the Ignition Interlock Device Yourself
Do not attempt to remove the device yourself. Even if your program time is up, trying to remove the device yourself is a program violation, and could damage the device, leaving you responsible for the cost of repairing or replacing the device. Your interlock device records everything, and an attempt at removal will be reflected in the data record that your monitoring authority receives.
It’s easy to make an appointment for device removal with us. Just a simple phone call or email is all it takes. We are required to send a final report when we de-install your ignition interlock device, and notify the monitoring agency that we have removed the device. Your device removal appointment should take about 30 minutes, including the actual removal and completing state reports, as well as closing out your account.
Professional removal of your IID will leave your vehicle with no visible marks or changes. It will be like it was never there.
You Can Keep Leasing the Device Even After Your Mandated Program
If, after your mandated ignition interlock device program ends, you feel like you may still be at risk of driving drunk and want to prevent that a repeat offense, you can continue to lease the device. All you need to do is make arrangements with ALCOLOCK to keep the device in your vehicle, and sent the monitoring reports to you.
ALCOLOCK Is On Your Side
At ALCOLOCK, our goal is to make it simple for you to follow the rules of your state’s restricted driving program. We understand you want to get your driver’s license reinstated and get your driving privileges back, so you can get your life back to normal. . Installation of your ignition interlock device is quick and easy. We can usually get you back on the road within 48 hours of confirming your eligibility for the program. Call us at 866-700-9300 or use our contact form to schedule your IID installation.