Ignition Interlock in Colorado

In Colorado, the installation of an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) is crucial for a number of reasons. Primarily, it's mandated by Colorado law for certain driving offenses, ensuring adherence to traffic safety norms. The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles enforces the use of IIDs as part of their driving restrictions for individuals who have committed specific traffic violations. This policy not only helps in maintaining driving privileges but also promotes safer road conditions. Moreover, for Colorado drivers looking to retain their driving license, particularly after DUI offenses, complying with the Ignition Interlock Device requirements is vital. Legal professionals often counsel their clients on the importance of installing an IID to meet these legal requirements. Finally, the use of IIDs in Colorado aligns with broader objectives of traffic safety, contributing to a decrease in repeat offenses and enhancing overall road safety for everyone in the state.

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Why Choose Smart Start in Colorado?

Year after year, Smart Start helps drivers in Colorado get back on the road safely.

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How Do I Get My License Back in Colorado?

Review our Smart Start resources below, including the step-by-step guide to help you get your license back quickly.

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Colorado Interlock Laws

For first-time offenders and repeat DUI offenders, your license will be confiscated immediately per Colorado’s Administrative License Revocation (ALR) if:

  • Your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level was .08 or higher
  • You refused a breath test

Colorado Interlock laws may require DUI offenders to install and maintain an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) on their vehicles. You’re required to pay for all costs associated with the IID, from installation, monthly lease payments, and service fees to removal.

How to Get Your License Quickly in Colorado

  1. Wait out your revocation period as you cannot drive during this time.
  2. Complete the Reinstatement Application Form DR2870 and submit it to the Colorado DMV 30 to 60 days prior to your license reinstatement date.
  3. Verify your eligibility by contacting the DMV.
  4. Schedule an appointment to have your Ignition Interlock Device installed with an approved Smart Start interlock service provider by calling 800.831.3299.
  5. Contact your insurance provider to get proof of financial accountability such as an SR-22 certificate.
  6. Complete an Alcohol Certification Form DR2598 if your first offense was not a high BAC.
  7. Complete the Interlock Restricted License Agreement Affidavit Form DR2058 and have it notarized.
  8. Mail your completed Ignition Interlock lease agreement and installation certificate to the address on your application.
  9. Enroll in a Level II Alcohol Education class or DUI Class if you were suspended a second time or had a high BAC level of .15 or greater.
  10. Complete any pending court regulations.

DISCLAIMER: These steps may not be a complete representation of what you must do to regain your driver license. As Colorado DUI law case details vary by each individual, please do not see this step-by-step guide as an official process to regaining your license, but rather as a starting point only.

How Much Does Colorado DUI Charge Cost?

DUI OffenseJail TimeFee
*IID fees not included
Suspended License Period
First5 days to 1 year$1,0009 months
Second90 days to 1 year$1,5001 year
Third70 days to 1 year$1,5002 years
Fourth70 days to 1 year$1,5002 years

*Additional fees, jail time, and suspension periods may apply.

For additional information and resources to help you regain your Interlock restricted license in Colorado, refer to these links:

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