What to do after ignition interlock device installation


What do I need to do after I’ve had an IID installed? Do I need to inform the DMV?

If you have been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol, and now must install an ignition interlock device there are several things you should know about the installation process. First, once you are convicted, if an ignition interlock device needs to be installed, the court will notify the DMV. The reason for this is two-fold. First, the DMV will mark your record so that police officers are aware of the requirement, in the event you get pulled over. Second, if you do not get your ignition interlock device installed the DMV can suspend your driving privileges until you have installed the ignition interlock device.

The DMV is required to impose driving and license restrictions on those convicted of a DWI and have the ability to suspend your driver’s license until you can prove you have had the ignition interlock device installed. Within 30 days of the installment order you must submit either Department of Motor Vehicles Ordered Verification form, or the Exemption for Ignition Interlock Device form. The ignition interlock will assist you as you try to get your life back in order, following your DWI conviction. The ignition interlock device will help prevent you from driving under the influence again by testing your breath for evidence of alcohol before allowing you to start your vehicle. An ignition interlock device can only be installed in instances where the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol.

An ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle can also help shorten your license suspension if you have been convicted of a second or subsequent DWI. In order to qualify for this you would need to complete the following: install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, and provide the DMV with “Verification of Installation” Ignition Interlock form, clear all other suspensions on your record, comply with a DWI program’s requirements and submit proof to the DMV, submit proof of insurance, and pay all fees. If you have received your second DWI your license suspension will last 90 days, and then you’ll be required use an ignition interlock device each time you drive. If you have been convicted of a third or subsequent DWI your license suspension will last at least 6 months. 

Being convicted of a DWI is never an ideal situation, but there are ways for you to improve the situation for yourself. An ignition interlock device is especially helpful through this process because it allows you to regain your driving privileges. An ignition interlock device will also help prevent you from driving under the influence of alcohol in the future by testing your breath for alcohol each time you start your vehicle. Everyone makes mistakes, and an ignition interlock device allows you to learn from your mistakes and not make the same poor decisions again. It is important for you to stay up to date with your ignition interlock device service, and stay informed on all laws that may affect your future, and your driving privileges. 


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