SERIES: How Do I Remove My Interlock Device?

Smart Start Technician Training Client on 2030 Interlock Device

It’s almost the end of your court or state order, which means it’s nearly time to remove your Interlock Device. Congratulations on completing your program!

In the first blog of this series, we will show you a general overview for the process in removing your Interlock Device. In the remaining parts of this series, we break down the removal process state-by-state.

If you have completed your program, you need to go through a couple of steps first before visiting your Smart Start service center to remove the device.

Each state is different with removal regulations on your Interlock. Check with your monitoring authority first about proper procedures and/or paperwork.

Updated: January 2018

Removal Paperwork

Make sure you receive the proper Interlock Device removal paperwork through the mail from your court or DMV/state. Some states, however, may not send you any formal paperwork. In any case, you should confirm with your monitoring authority regarding when you can remove your Interlock Device.

Smart Start’s Customer Care Center

Now you need to simply send an email to our team at Make sure to include your full name, your driver’s license number, date of birth and any removal documents.

Please keep in mind that all fees are due at the time of your device removal appointment.

Additional Ignition Interlock Removal Process Tips

  • If your vehicle was repossessed or totaled, you can reach out to our Customer Care Center at (800) 831-3299 to expedite this process and we can assist you quickly.
  • Keep in mind that your lease end date with your Interlock Device vendor does not mean that is the date you can remove your Interlock!
  • It is never a good idea to attempt removing the Interlock Device yourself! This will leave you a lot of headache, and on a more serious note, this could mean additional charges against you.
  • Some videos and articles online say the Ignition Interlock vendor and monitoring authority won’t find out if you do remove your device. This is a myth! Your Interlock reports will easily show what is going on to your vendor and monitoring authority.

Smart Start highly recommends complying with your court or state orders to successfully and easily complete your program.

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

Do you still need an Interlock Device? Feel free to call us today at (800) 831-3299 or fill out our online form to receive a quote.