When Will I Need an Ignition Interlock in New York?

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If you’re in New York, you may be facing an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) requirement upon a DWI conviction. Since New York is a Judicial Ignition Interlock state, your IID regulatory contact is your court of conviction. In other words, an IID requirement is at the judge’s discretion and this can vary by case.

When is an Ignition Interlock in New York Required?

New York is an all-offender Ignition Interlock state during the period of license revocation. This means whether it is your first DWI offense, or a subsequent DWI offense, you may need to install an IID.

An IID can be installed upon arrest from a first or second offense, and the usual period with the device is a year. New York allows individuals to obtain credit for your time with an IID before your sentencing.

In addition, a court must sentence a person convicted of either Aggravated DWI/Child in Vehicle or Aggravated DWI/Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .18 or More to a period of probation or conditional discharge. Then, the court will require an IID on any motor vehicle this person owns or operates.

In most cases, your IID must be installed 10 days from receiving your court order. Or, if you are imprisoned for your DWI offense, you must install the IID within 10 days of being released from prison.

New York’s IID Law

Since the improvement to Leandra’s Law in 2013, New York’s drunk driving deaths decreased by 11 percent. In MADD’s Report to the Nation study this year, New York ranked 4 out of 5 on the effectiveness of their drunk driving laws.

An Ignition Interlock Device, or IID, can allow individuals to get back to their lives while driving safely. If you do need an IID in New York, Smart Start can provide an affordable program and 24/7/365 customer service.

Get Back on the Road in New York with Smart Start

With service locations throughout New York and a reliable IID with quick tests, you’ll be driving again in no time with Smart Start. Call our Customer Care Center at (800) 831-3299 to schedule an appointment today, or fill out our short online form.