When Do I Need to Install an Ignition Interlock Device?

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Are you not sure when you need to install an Ignition Interlock Device after a DUI arrest? The timeline between your arrest and installing an Ignition Interlock can seem confusing. You may know that you need an Ignition Interlock, also known as a car breathalyzer, but you may not have any idea regarding when you should schedule an appointment.

Let’s go over a general idea when someone needs to install an Ignition Interlock Device, and how you can find this information easily.

When to Install an Ignition Interlock Device

First, you should know that each state and/or jurisdiction’s Ignition Interlock laws are different. Generally, however, when you are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, the arresting officer will tell you what your next steps should be. In many states, the officer confiscates your driver’s license and provides you a Notice of Suspension or Revocation sheet that explains your license suspension due to your arrest. Your license suspension could also occur at the time a DUI conviction happens in court.

The paperwork you receive from your arresting officer, the court and/or your state office explains when to install an Ignition Interlock Device. Sometimes you need to install the Ignition Interlock before you receive your restricted driver’s license during your suspension period. At other times, once you are convicted of a DUI, you schedule an Ignition Interlock installation appointment right away after your court hearing. If you hired an attorney, he or she can help you maneuver your way through your case to determine the best outcome. This can mean installing an Ignition Interlock before the court hearing or administrative hearing even occurs.

With Smart Start, the Ignition Interlock process is simple and fast. We understand that a general explanation can be confusing. On the blog, we’ll walk through state-by-state when you need to start thinking about installing your Ignition Interlock for a DUI requirement. Remember, however, that each case is different depending on its own circumstances.

It is best to reach out to your attorney, court contact or state office contact for information personalized to your case. This blog series serves as only a general guide. Whichever your situation may be, know that you have people who can help with next steps so you can meet your DUI requirements.

We’ll Get You Back on the Road the Quickest

If you have any Ignition Interlock questions, you can also reach out to Smart Start’s 24/7/365 Customer Care Center at (800) 831-3299. Our agents are here to clarify any aspects of your program and with getting your unrestricted driver’s license back. Think of us as your reliable partner through your Ignition Interlock program, from installation to removal. It’s the Smart Start way!

Install a Smart Start Ignition Interlock Device

Ready to install an Ignition Interlock now? Smart Start offers next-day or same-day appointments, depending on when you need to install the device. Schedule your appointment now by calling (800) 831-3299 or by filling out our online form.