What Does Compliance-Based Removal Mean?

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Have you ever heard of compliance-based removal during your Ignition Interlock program? Let’s go over what this means and how it affects you during your Ignition Interlock requirement.

What is Compliance-Based Removal?

First, let’s discuss the definition of compliance-based removal. Compliance-based removal is a form of exit criteria that some states use during their Interlock programs. If you comply with your Ignition Interlock requirements within a certain time period, you could have your device removed in a timely manner with the proper authorization. Keep in mind that not all states have these criteria in their Ignition Interlock programs! Each state also has its own regulations and rules regarding their Ignition Interlock programs.

In general, however, complying with your Interlock program properly means no applicable violations were recorded during the specific time period. For example, a violation could be an attempt to start a vehicle with a BrAC of .08 or higher. If no violations like this occur, you could remove your Interlock upon completion of the minimum time period.

If your state does allow for compliance-based removal, your monitoring authority or attorney will notify you of your options. Your Ignition Interlock vendor, such as Smart Start, can also educate you on compliance-based removal. Finally, if you still have questions, you can call our friendly Customer Care Center at (800) 831-3299.

Why Do States Use Compliance-Based Removal?

Compliance-based removal is a strong addition to a state’s Ignition Interlock law. It creates exit-based criteria to ensure an individual is ready to drive without an Ignition Interlock to ensure a safer environment on the roadways. Right now, according to MADD’s 2018 Ignition Interlock report, 20 states and DC have compliance-based removal criteria. Below are the states that have compliance-based removal.

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Washington DC
  • West Virginia

Finally, if you have any questions about your Ignition Interlock requirement, our service agents are here to help point you in the right direction. Simply call (800) 831-3299. We’re available 24/7/365, even during weekends and holidays!

Get Back on the Road with Smart Start

Do you need an Ignition interlock? Smart Start provides next-day or same-day Interlock installations for our clients! There are several ways you can request an installation appointment.

  • Call (800) 831-3299 to get in touch directly with our 24/7/365 Customer Care Center.
  • Fill out our online form where we’ll promptly follow up and confirm your installation appointment time and date preference.
  • Download the Client Portal app (also available online) to request an installation appointment at your preferred date and time. You can download the Client Portal via the App Store or Google Play.