What Does “Ignition Interlock” Mean on My Driver’s License?

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What Does “Ignition Interlock” Mean on My Driver’s License?

Do you have a DUI arrest or conviction in your state? If so, you may need to install an Ignition Interlock in your vehicle. But before, or even after, an Interlock installation, there’s a whirlwind of activity that may be going on revolving around your DUI. It might be a little overwhelming to digest. After a mandatory visit with your state office like the DMV, they may have issued you a different driver’s license with “Ignition Interlock” on it. What exactly does this type of driver’s license mean for you?

What “Ignition Interlock” Means on a Driver’s License

Ignition Interlock Driver's License

Ignition Interlock Driver’s License Example (see bottom-right corner) Source: https://www.dmv.pa.gov/

If you have the words “Ignition Interlock” on your driver’s license, it is an indicator that you have restricted driving privileges. Keep in mind that this only applies in some states, but not all.

The only way you can drive legally with this license is to have an Ignition Interlock installed in your vehicle. This driver’s license is a requirement to have in some states if they have an administrative license revocation law regarding your DUI. When you were arrested for your DUI, your regular driver’s license was likely confiscated, and you are now under a license suspension or revocation period. In some circumstances, the only way you can drive again is to apply for this restricted Ignition Interlock license.

When to Get an Ignition Interlock Restricted License

After your DUI arrest, you may be advised to install an Ignition Interlock right away, but you need to apply for a restricted driver’s license either before or after the installation to prove you are complying with your DUI requirements. If you hired a DUI attorney, they can advise you when to go apply for the restricted driver’s license, but your state office will likely let you know what you need to do to progress through your DUI as well.

But what will it be like to have this restricted driver’s license on the road? What happens if you are pulled over and an officer sees the license? Let’s go over what this means.

A restricted driver’s license looks normal besides the additional “Ignition Interlock” or “BAIID” wording on it. During your probation sentence for instance, if you are pulled over for an un-related incident to your DUI such as speeding, the officer checks your driver’s license as usual. The “Ignition Interlock” license lets the officer know that you have restricted driving privileges, and if you have this license but an Ignition Interlock is not installed in your vehicle, more consequences can occur.

Do you have any Ignition Interlock questions? Our Customer Care Center is dedicated to helping you throughout your driving restriction period. Smart Start provides the most seamless Ignition Interlock program with fair pricing, many locations and friendly, knowledgeable service from installation to removal.

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