SERIES: What Do I Need To Do To Remove My Ignition Interlock? Part 2

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Ready to remove your Ignition Interlock? To help you stay in compliance of your program, we will need formal approval to remove our Ignition Interlock. However, we can remove your device at your request at any time.

See below a list of states to determine the proper removal steps: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida and Georgia.

Last Updated: January 2018

What’s the Process to Remove My Ignition Interlock?

Alabama

For court Ignition Interlock orders (if you need an Ignition Interlock as a bond, pre-trial and/or probation requirement):
Smart Start will need permission to remove our Ignition Interlock Device first. You may submit your original court orders with the terms of the Ignition Interlock or a copy of Minutes. As an alternative, you can contact your monitoring authority to receive authorization for removal.

For administrative Ignition Interlock orders (the Alabama Department of Public Safety (DPS), as a condition of reinstatement):
You will need a Clearance of Suspension Notice and/or your driver’s license without the Ignition Interlock restrictions.

Any documents you will provide to start the removal process can be submitted to us at removals@smartstartinc.com. You can also fax them to us at 972-929-6638. Remember to include your full name and date of birth on all your paperwork.

Please allow one business day for processing. A Customer Care Specialist will notify you of your eligibility date for removal or the next steps.

Alaska

We will remove our Ignition Interlock at your request. However, it is your responsibility to verify your eligibility date with the Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).  If you remove your device early, your driving privileges may be suspended or canceled, and any fees paid will be non-refundable. Please contact your Smart Start service center to schedule a removal appointment.

Arizona

If your Ignition Interlock was required by the Motor Vehicles Division (MVD):

Have you received your removal eligibility date from the Arizona MVD? Or a 6-Month Deferment letter for early removal?

If yes, on the date you are eligible to remove your device, please visit an MVD office or 3rd party provider so you can secure a TEMPORARY paper driver’s license without the Interlock Required restriction on it. Once obtained, you can take your TEMPORARY paper license to your local Smart Start Service Center for device removal.

If you receive the Deferment letter from the MVD, that is all you need to bring to the service center for us to remove the device. We will remove your device at your request, however, if you remove it early.

If no, please contact the MVD at 602-255-0072 to obtain your removal eligibility date. Once obtained, please follow the instructions listed above.

Probation
You may submit your authorization court documents to Removals@smartstartinc.com. Make sure to include your full name, date of birth and driver’s license number.  

Arkansas

We will remove our Ignition Interlock at your request. However, it is your responsibility to verify your eligibility date with the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration at 501-682-1631.  You may visit their website for a list of the Driver Control offices and their phone numbers by county.

If you remove your device early, your driving privileges may be suspended or canceled, and any fees paid will be non-refundable.

You can email Smart Start at ARconfirmation@smartstartinc.com to request a copy of your Ignition Interlock Requirement Form. Include your first and last name, driver’s license or ID number and date of birth and the reason for your email (Arkansas Ignition Interlock Requirement Form Request).  Please allow 2 hours for processing during our business hours, which are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central Time.

Once you receive your Ignition Interlock Requirement Form, you will need to take it to a Driver Control office to start the removal process.

California

If your Ignition Interlock was required because of:

Probation Requirement
You may submit your original court documents or Minutes with length of Terms of Interlock to Removals@smartstartinc.com. Make sure to include your full name, date of birth and driver’s license number.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
You may submit a request for verification to DMV_Verify@smartstartinc.com. Make sure to include your full name, date of birth and driver’s license number.

You can also contact our Customer Care Center at (800) 831-3299.

Please allow one business day for processing. A Customer Care Specialist will notify you of the removal eligibility date or steps to follow.

Colorado

Are you on a 9-Month Program?

If YES
What is your reinstatement date? If you don’t know, you can call the DMV at 303-205-5613.

Please contact Smart Start at 303-279-3318 to start the removal process and to have your 4-Month Report processed and sent to the DMV for removal approval. Colorado DMV will issue you an unrestricted license after completion of the interlock program.  Please allow 5 business days for processing.

In both cases, you will need to present your unrestricted license at the time of removal. Contact your local Smart Start service center to schedule your removal appointment.

If NO
You can obtain your restriction end date from the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) at 303-205-5613. Or you can obtain your unrestricted license to become eligible to have your Ignition Interlock removed. When you get your restriction end date, please contact your Smart Start service center to schedule the removal of your device.

Is your vehicle totaled, inoperable, or repossessed?

Please contact us at 303-279-3318 and our team will assist you on next steps.

Connecticut

You will need to obtain a P-249 form from the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) at 860-263-5720 or by email at dmv.suspension@ct.gov. The DMV will usually mail you the P-249 form 14 days in advance of your Ignition Interlock removal. Bring this form to your removal appointment at your Smart Start service center.

Once you have your P-249 form, forward it to us at Removals@smartstartinc.com. You can also fax the form to 972-929-6638. Include your full name, date of birth and driver’s license number. Please allow one business day for processing. A Customer Care Specialist will notify you of the removal eligibility date or steps to follow.

If your vehicle is inoperable, totaled or repossessed, you may file an Incident Report to coordinate the removal. Please be sure to include the P-249 form, if it is available.

Delaware

We recommend you verify your device removal eligibility date with the Delaware Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) at 302-744-2509. For revoked licenses, call 302-744-2507.

You or your monitoring authority can email the removal authorization to Removals@smartstartinc.com or fax it to 972-929-6638. Make sure to include your full name, date of birth and driver’s license number.  Please allow 1 business day for processing. A Customer Care Specialist will notify you of the removal eligibility date or steps to follow.

Florida

If your Ignition Interlock was required through:

The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
You may email us at Removals@smartstartinc.com. Include your full name, date of birth and your driver’s license number. Allow two business days for processing. A Customer Care Specialist will notify you of your removal eligibility date or next steps.

Pre-Trial Diversion Requirement
Smart Start will remove our device at your request. However, if you remove your device early, your Diversion requirements or driving privileges may be suspended or canceled. In addition, any fees paid will be non-refundable. We recommend you contact your Pre-Trial counselor to obtain removal authorization.

Georgia

You will need a “final download” of your Ignition Interlock in Georgia.  Your Smart Start service technician will be able to assist!

When you take your device to your last service appointment, the technician will complete the monitoring report form provided by the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS).  Our technician will fill out the information, sign it in blue ink and stamp it. You can then take the signed form to the DDS office for your license reinstatement.

If DDS approves the form, you will receive a DDS Authorization to Remove Form signed by the DDS. Once obtained, please contact your local Smart Start service center to schedule a removal appointment. Make sure to bring the form signed by DDS with you to the appointment.

Ignition Interlock Removal Series

Part 1: A general Ignition Interlock removal guide.

Part 2: The proper removal process for your Interlock program broken down by state: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida and Georgia

Part 3: Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine and Maryland

Part 4: Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey

Part 5: New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and South Carolina

Part 6: South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming

Need to install an Ignition Interlock? We can provide you a quote and set up an installation appointment. Call our Customer Care Center today at (800) 831-3299 or fill out our quick and simple online form.