Are you under a court or state requirement to install an Ignition Interlock Device? Do you also have to obtain a restricted driver’s license or permit before or after installing the device? An Ignition Interlock can often be a requirement to obtain this restricted license.
But let’s take a few steps back.
There’s a lot of moving pieces, and your DUI, DWI or OWI case can get confusing fast. Let’s go over these three big tips to be aware of so you can move forward with getting your driving privileges back with a required Ignition Interlock Device, regardless of your situation.
1. Your Driving Privilege Status
The first thing you want to make sure you know is your driving privilege status. Speak with your court and/or state office, like the DPS or DMV, to understand what your driving status is, and when that may change due to your DUI arrest. Smart Start provides helpful information regarding your Ignition Interlock, but for legal questions such as your driving privileges, it is best to consult with your attorney or legal representative, or your oversight authority with your DUI.
2. Why and When Are You Installing the Ignition Interlock?
Second, ask yourself why you are getting the Ignition Interlock Device so you understand your situation. Is the device under a court requirement, or as a condition of a restricted driver’s license? When do you have to install the Ignition Interlock? Once you know the reason why and when you are installing the Ignition Interlock, it’ll be easier to pinpoint who to go to for answers. You can also check our state-specific Ignition Interlock blogs to make sure you are installing the device at the right date!
3. Your Driver’s License Status and Your Ignition Interlock
Now that you know your current driving privilege status and when you need to install your Ignition Interlock, and with whom, here’s the last step. Evaluate what your driver’s license status is in relation to the requirements of your Ignition Interlock. Do you need to visit your state office to apply for a permit or an otherwise restricted license? If you evaluated the two steps above, you should have an idea of when to acquire this license, whether it’s before or after the Ignition Interlock installation.
Finally, let’s go over the installation appointment with your Ignition Interlock.
If your driving status is still valid, you can drive yourself to a Smart Start service center to install the Ignition Interlock by the date you need it in your vehicle. If your driving status is not valid, arrange for alternate transportation to get your vehicle to the Smart Start service center. For example, you could have your spouse drive your vehicle to the service center or tow your vehicle. Smart Start offers a very convenient option as well. If you are in parts of Texas, California or Washington, Smart Start will provide mobile services and come to you to install the Ignition Interlock!
Above all else, remember that you have someone who can answer your questions with your DUI case. If it’s a court order, make sure to ask your probation officer or other judicial authority who oversees your DUI case. If you need an Ignition Interlock under your state office, in most states, you can check your driving privilege status by calling them or even checking their site, such as the Texas DPS.
Ready to Get Back on the Road?
Now that you have a better idea of your current driving status, it may be time to install your Ignition Interlock now. Smart Start can accommodate to your schedule, whether it’s next month, tomorrow or even today! As the worldwide leader of Ignition Interlocks, we can help you meet your program requirements better than any other provider.
Keep in mind that although our Customer Care Center is 24/7/365, our service centers have their own hours and schedules. Our service agents at (800) 831-3299 will be happy to help you schedule an installation appointment at a time and date that’s convenient to you.