When Will I Need an Ignition Interlock in Georgia?

Smart Start Ignition Interlock Device

Updated: May 2018

As of July 2017, Georgia law states that if you’re charged with a DUI and you are a first-time offender, you may opt to install an Ignition Interlock for any vehicle you operate in Georgia to maintain your driving privileges under an Ignition Interlock Device Limited Permit (IIDLP). Additionally, there is an Ignition Interlock Device requirement if it is your second or subsequent DUI offense in five years.

Ignition Interlock Device Limited Permit

Georgia law allows those charged with a first-time DUI to notify the Georgia Department of Drivers Services (DDS) within 30 days if they wish to opt in for the Ignition Interlock and waive their right to an administrative hearing to maintain their driving privileges while the judicial process continues. Individuals interested in this option to utilize a DDS-Interlock approved vendor can have the Ignition Interlock installed, and then report to DDS that the device is installed. The IIDLP will then be issued by DDS.

This permit is not available for individuals whose DUI events caused fatalities or serious injuries. Anyone who applies for the permit must also be licensed in Georgia.

In July 2018, Senate Bill 407 will go into effect allowing accountability courts and non-accountability courts to order Ignition Interlock Limited Drivers Permits outside of DUI offenses.

How Long Will I Need an Ignition Interlock in Georgia?

For first-time offenders, if you refused the field sobriety test breath sample, you will need an Ignition Interlock for 12 months. If you agreed to submit to a field sobriety test breath sample, you will need an Ignition Interlock for 4 months. The requirement period for an Ignition Interlock can be more based on a judge’s discretion.

For second offense DUI’s within five years, the Ignition Interlock is required for 14 months. The individual must serve a 120-day hard suspension first.

Have any questions about your Ignition Interlock requirements in Georgia? Smart Start can help. With an Ignition Interlock, you can get back on the road and drive again, getting back to your everyday routine.

Laws supporting this information:

  • 40-6-391(c)(1)(E)
  • §42-8-111 and 42-8-112
  • 42-8-112(b)(3)
  • 40-5-64.1

Need an Ignition Interlock in Georgia Now?

Smart Start has helped thousands of drivers in Georgia get back on the road with an affordable, discreet and reliable Ignition Interlock. We’ll get you back on the road the quickest! Schedule your installation appointment today by calling (800) 831-3299 or by filling out our online form.