What happens after I get my DUI?
If you get a DUI in California, your license will automatically be suspended. If you get an attorney, your attorney can file a set-aside that postpones your suspension until your court date. If you’re in the middle of a 90-day hard suspension, you must not drive, even with an Ignition Interlock Device (IID). To be eligible for an IID, you’ll need to complete your 90-day hard license suspension, pay all your fees, enroll in a DUI program, and have proof of SR-22 insurance. After you’ve completed these things, you can find out if you’re eligible for an IID through the Mandatory Actions Unit (MAU), a division of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
In Riverside County, after you get a minute order from the court, you will have five days to contact Riverside University Health System Drinking Driver Program.
ONLY 4 COUNTIES in California order that an IID is mandatory—Sacramento, Los Angeles, Alameda, and Tulare. In every other county, an IID requirement is at the judge’s discretion.
What do I need to bring to my installation?
Once you have scheduled your Ignition Interlock Device (IID) installation with Smart Start, you will need to bring the following to your IID installation appointment:
- Two valid forms of identification (at least one with a picture)
- Vehicle registration (if the vehicle doesn’t belong to you, you’ll need a letter of permission from the registered owner)
- Payment for your first month’s lease and installation
- Either a DMV or a court order demonstrating the need for an Ignition Interlock Device
What should I bring back to my monitoring authority after my device is installed?
Once you have installed your Ignition Interlock Device, you’ll need to bring your DL form (for both conditions) and your case number (if they have a court order) to your monitoring authority.
How do I know if Smart Start’s devices are compliant with my program?
Smart Start’s IID is compliant with all state and federal requirements, and we are certified as an IID provider by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). You’ll even find us on the DMV-approved list of providers. Our Ignition Interlock Devices are certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as well, but you are always welcome to verify our compliance with your monitoring authority.
What happens if I violate?
In the state of California, you are allowed five violations within a service period before your violation will result in a violation lockout. Once your Ignition Interlock Device (IID) goes into violation lockout, you will need to take your device to your nearest Smart Start service center for a calibration. You may also have to pay a fee.
How do the consequences differ for a first and second DUI? Third? Fourth?
- 1st DUI: five months with an Ignition Interlock Device
- 2nd DUI: 12 months with an Ignition Interlock Device
- 3rd DUI: 18 months with an Ignition Interlock Device
- 4th DUI: 24 months with an Ignition Interlock Device
What do I need for removal?
In order to remove your Ignition Interlock Device (IID) in the state of California, you will need some kind of authorization from your monitoring authority and/or the DMV (MAU). Once you have that authorization, you can call 800.831.3299 to schedule your removal, or email email@example.com to verify your eligibility for removal and schedule your appointment.
What constitutes a violation in my state?
In the state of California, any and all of the following may constitute a violation:
- Having a breath alcohol concentration above the state-dictated level
- Skipping a rolling re-test
- Attempting to circumvent or tamper with the device
- Failure to go in for service
What do I need to do to install voluntarily?
To install a breath alcohol Ignition Interlock Device on your vehicle or a family member’s vehicle voluntarily, click the chat window below, fill out our online form, or call Smart Start at 800.831.3299 to speak with one of our customer care advocates and schedule a voluntary installation appointment.
Where does installation fall based on my condition?
In California, you must receive an order for an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) installation from the monitoring authority (either the California DMV or the court) before you install your Ignition Interlock Device if you want to receive credit for your time with your device. You will need proof of installation to receive your restricted driver’s license.
Does the camera watch me all the time?
No, but your camera may take random pictures in addition to photos of your tests.
How do I know what my state requires in an Ignition Interlock Device?
The California DMV will only certify and approve Ignition Interlock Device (IID) providers that fit state requirements. Smart Start is certified and approved as an IID provider in California. Your monitoring authority will specify any additions to the basic Ignition Interlock Device. As long as your ignition interlock provider is on the DMV-approved list, you can install with that provider.
How can I pay for calibration?
You can pay for calibration at the Smart Start service center at the time of service. Acceptable forms of payment are determined by each individual service center.
Where do I send a record of my service appointments?
Smart Start will automatically send a record of your service appointments to your California monitoring authority on your behalf at no additional cost to you.
Does this thing hurt my vehicle?
No, Smart Start’s Ignition Interlock Device (IID) does not hurt your vehicle. However, you will need a strong, working battery for the Ignition Interlock Device to function properly.
Can I get one on my motorcycle?
No, Smart Start does not install Ignition Interlock Device on motorcycles in the state of California.